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 260, 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.|
|Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)||the first record was at Meodal, Sleat in 1996. Drake Broadford Bay 17.5.2017|
|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.|
A bird was found by Andrew Gouldstone on the Hamara River, Glendale, on 27.9.2016. Though it was searched for the following day there was no trace. This is a first for Skye and the record has been ratified by the HRC - fortunately this image was taken.
A bird was found by Neil Bennett and Martin Benson in Broadford on 4.10.2016. This is a first record for Skye though the record has been ratified by HRC. Up to two birds remained for a fortnight. Phil Knott found another bird on his croft in Drumfearn. Bob McMillan also found two birds at the Point of Sleat.
Information was received from Euan Anderson in 2016 that a bird was seen on a pond in the Meodal plantation in Sleat in 1996. The only other record was a bird which appeared briefly in Broadford Bay on 17.5.2017. These are thought to be truly wild birds as there are no known collections of wildfowl nearby. The species has been added to the Skye list. Record shot from Martin Benson.
This is a species whose range is expanding in neighbouring areas of Highland so its arrival was predictable. It may have been recorded in Lochalsh previously but is regular in the Morar area. It was anticipated that it might arrive in the woodlands of Sleat so an observation in Harrapool on 29.5.2017 was a bit of a surprise. This is the first record for Skye.