For those new to lists of this nature, the species list and scientific names which follow are listed in the Voous sequence. Some of the names may be unfamiliar, but follow the recent recommendations of the British Ornithologists Union which have been adopted by the Scottish Ornithologists Club. Historical records have been included where there is a reasonable provenance. Otherwise, rarer species have only been included where the record has been published in official reports such as the Atlases, or accepted by the Local Recorder or, in appropriate cases, the Scottish Records Committee. Three committees oversee rare records. The Highland Records Committee (HRC) for local rarities; the Scottish Birds Records Committee (SBRC) for scottish rarities (http://www.the-soc.org.uk/sbrc.htm); and the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) for british rarities (http://www.bbrc.org.uk/). Rarities have been identified in the species list by the use of the appropriate committee initials. In respect of these rare birds, and others not listed, a full description will be required. Photographic evidence can also be extremely helpful.
Because Skye has never been a recording area in its own right, and is part of the wider Highland recording area, it is accepted that this 'list' may be incomplete. We welcome any additions and will update things as we go. As things stand the Skye species list shown below stands at 251, and an effort has also been made to comment on status.
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|Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)||Annual vagrant.|
|Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)||Common winter visitor and passage migrant in small numbers. Has summered.|
|Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus)||Historically, a regular winter visitor, now extremely rare. (HRC)|
|Snow Goose (Anser caerules)||only a single record in 2009. (HRC)|
|Bean Goose (Anser fabalis rossicus)||Very rare winter visitor - single record in 2012|
|Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)||Regular passage migrant in spring and autumn- rarely lands!|
|Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons flavirostris)||Winter visitor in small numbers.|
|Greylag Goose (Anser anser)||Breeding resident and increasing.|
|Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)||Becoming a regular vagrant.|
|Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)||Winter visitor in small numbers.|
|Brent Goose (Branta bernicla (hrota))||Regular passage migrant in autumn, rarer in spring.|
|Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)||Breeding resident in small numbers. Passage migrant.|
|Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)||Winter visitor in small numbers.|
|American Wigeon (Anas americana)||Scarce vagrant. (HRC)|
|Gadwall (Anas strepera)||Has bred. Scarce migrant and has wintered in small numbers.|
|Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)||Breeds annually in small numbers. Winter visitor in small numbers.|
|Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)||very rare american vagrant - single record in 2000. (HRC)|
|Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)||Breeding resident in small numbers. Passage migrant..|
|Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)||Historical breeding record. Scarce passage migrant.|
|Garganey (Anas querquedula)||Scarce passage migrant. (HRC)|
A juvenile bird of this North American wader species was found by Martin Benson in Broadford Bay on 7th September, 2012, and remained for several days. It is the first record for Skye and Lochalsh and was seen by several birders during its stay, adding to a growing list of rarities turning up in the Broadford area, providing rich rewards for dedicated 'patch watchers' such as Martin.
The White-throated Sparrow found by Richard Charlesworth at Harrapool on 20th May, 2012, has now been accepted by the BBRC and becomes No.250 on the Skye 'list'. With less than 20 records in Scotland, this North American vagrant becomes one of the rarest birds recorded on Skye, and proves the benefit of having a camera at the ready as it was only in Richard's garden for 20 minutes.
Although this species has previously been recorded in Lochalsh, and has bred in Wester Ross, as far as can be established it had not previously been recorded in Skye. A sighting by David Hickey in Kyleakin on 6th July, 2013, therefore becomes the first official record for Skye and 249th on the Skye list.
A Black Kite seen by Dan Brown west of Portree on 30th May 2010 has been accepted by the SBRC and becomes No.248 on the Skye list. Dan took photographs of the bird, described as a tatty adult, and these were submitted by RMcM to SBRC and the record has now been accepted on the basis of the photographic evidence alone. Whilst this underscores the importance of obtaining images of rare species it is unfortunate that some observers, despite promptings by the Recorder, seem reluctant to submit descriptions.