This page features current news and views from Skye and elsewhere. It will also provide an opportunity for others working locally to report research and results.
Patch watching can be extremely rewarding and for Andy Stables at Lower Milovaig it has brought a number of rewards. The latest of these was on 23rd February when Andy found a Yellow-legged Gull viewable from his front door. Unfortunately he only managed a single image from a distance and this is a notoriously difficult species to confirm identification. Fortunately the bird reappeared again on March 3rd when improved images were obtained and it has since been seen by a number of local observers. Yellow-legged Gull is similar to Herring Gull but its breeding range is from the Azores across the Mediterranean and it remains a rarity in Scotland. It is only the 3rd record for the Highland recording area and a first for Skye. However the sighting still has to be ratified by the Scottish Birds Rarities Committee (SBRC). It would bring our total species list to 267.
The annual bird report for Highland for the year 2016 has just been published by Highland Branch SOC. Many of the records contained in this website are included in the report. Sean Morris from Rum wrote the Lochaber summary in the report and ‘yours truly’ wrote the Skye and Lochalsh summary. Several colour images have been reproduced and include several from Bob and Martin Benson. I have a small number of copies available at £9, otherwise contact Highland Branch SOC at www.highlandbirds.scot.