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The Skye-Birds Blog

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.

Common Sandpiper

2nd August 2019

A recent paper in British Birds included findings from a geolocator study in the Highland area.  This is one of our most common breeding waders on Skye nesting near freshwater lochs and streams as well as by the sea.  Birds winter in the mudflats of Guinea-Bassau with fiddler crabs being the main prey species.  The mean arrival date in Scotland is May 1st and the mean departure date is July 29th.  Birds leaving the Highlands made a refuelling stop in Iberia before continuing to West Africa.  On the return journey they refuel in Morocco, Iberia or France.  Numbers are declining and drought in wintering areas and unfavourable winds on migration may be a factor. 

Derek Robertson Artist

Exhibition and presentation at Talla Dearg, Isleornsay on Saturday 21 September 2019  -  Migrations - a field study in adversity - in support of The Highlands Support Refugees

Highland Bird Report 2017

Published by Highland Branch of the SOC, the 2017 report is now available at a cost of £9.  The report extends to 180 pages and contains a Skye and Lochalsh year summary provided by yours truly.  There are also several images in the publication from Martin Benson and myself. 

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