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The Skye Birds Species List

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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Species Image Details
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) View Image Annual vagrant.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) View Image 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) View Image Regular passage migrant in spring and autumn- rarely lands!
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons flavirostris) View Image Winter visitor in small numbers.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) View Image Breeding resident and increasing.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) View Image Becoming a regular vagrant.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) View Image Winter visitor in small numbers.
Brent Goose (Branta bernicla (hrota)) View Image Regular passage migrant in autumn, rarer in spring.
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) View Image 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) View Image Winter visitor in small numbers.
American Wigeon (Anas americana) Scarce vagrant. (HRC)
Gadwall (Anas strepera) View Image Has bred. Scarce migrant and has wintered in small numbers.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) View Image 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) View Image Historical breeding record. Scarce passage migrant.
Garganey (Anas querquedula) View Image Scarce passage migrant. (HRC)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) View Image Rare passage migrant.
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) Rare passage migrant.
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) the only record is a male which was found on Loch Meodal, Sleat, on 8.5.2016
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) View Image Rare breeding resident. Passage migrant.
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) Rare passage migrant.
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) View Image Common breeding resident.
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) View Image Rare winter visitor.
Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) Rare winter visitor and passage migrant.
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) Scarce winter visitor.
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) View Image Common winter visitor in small numbers.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) View Image Breeding resident in small numbers. Common winter visitor.
Goosander (Mergus merganser) View Image Rare breeding resident. Occurs regularly in winter and on passage.
Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotia) Breeding resident.
Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) View Image Breeding resident.
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) View Image Previously a well established breeding resident. Few recent authenticate records.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) View Image Introduced for shooting purposes in the 1990's but few recent records.
Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) Formerly a breeding resident. Again no authenticated record in recent times.
Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix) A scarce summer visitor.
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Breeding resident - local distribution and introduced.
Red-throated Diver (Gavia stella) View Image Breeding resident. Occurs on passage and in winter usually in small numbers.
Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica) View Image Has bred. A winter visitor and occurs regularly on passage.
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer) View Image Common winter visitor and passage migrant.
White-billed Diver (Gavia adamsii) Scarce winter visitor. (SBRC)
Little Grebe (Tachybactus ruficollis) View Image Breeding resident. Occurs offshore in winter.
Great-Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) View Image Scarce autumn and winter visitor.
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) Scarce autumn and winter visitor. (HRC)
Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus) Winter visitor in small numbers.
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) Scarce autumn and winter visitor. (HRC)
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) View Image Breeds. Occurs on passage in large numbers.
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) Two records, one historical and one in 2013 - vagrant. (SBRC)
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) View Image Rare passage migrant.
Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) View Image Common spring and autumn migrant. Present offshore throughout summer.
Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) Rare vagrant. (HRC)
European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus) View Image Has bred. Rare passage migrant.
Leach's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) Scarce autumn migrant.
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) View Image Common offshore. Scarce in winter.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) Resident and breeds in small numbers.
European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) View Image Common breeding resident.
Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) Vagrant - historical record. (HRC)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) View Image Scarce passage migrant. (HRC)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) View Image A common breeding resident
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) A scarce vagrant on Skye with a record from Waternish Point on 31.5.2010
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) View Image Scarce passage migrant. (HRC)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) View Image Vagrant - historical record. (BBRC)
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) View Image Bred historically and now successfully re-established as a rare breeding resident.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) a scarce vagrant - single record only near Portree on 30.5.10
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) View Image Bred historically. Wandering birds from the new Highland population occur almost annually.
Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) View Image A scarce vagrant.
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) View Image Breeding resident in small numbers.
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) A scarce vagrant.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) View Image Common breeding resident.
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) View Image Common breeding resident.
Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) A very rare winter visitor. (SBRC)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) View Image Breeding resident.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) View Image Historical breeding status unknown. Wandering birds from the growing Scottish population occur annually.
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) View Image Uncommon breeding resident. Passage migrant.
Merlin (Falco columbarius) View Image Breeding resident in depleting numbers. Mainly summer visitor. Also occurs on passage.
Earasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo) A scarce summer vagrant. (HRC)
Gyr Falcon (Falco rusticolus) A scarce winter visitor. (BBRC)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Breeding resident.
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticu) Breeds in small numbers. More widespread in winter.
Spotted crake (Porzana porzana) Very rare summer visitor. (HRC)
Corncrake (Crex crex) View Image Summer visitor which breeds in small numbers.
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) Breeds in small numbers and rare winter visitor.
Common Coot (Fulica atra) View Image Bred formerly. Rare vagrant.
Common Crane (Grus grus) View Image Rare and accidental passage migrant. (HRC)
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) View Image Common breeding resident, passage migrant and winter visitor.
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) View Image Breeding resident. Also occurs on passage and as a winter visitor.
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) Rare vagrant. Only a single record in May 2014.
Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) View Image Rare passage migrant.
European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) View Image Breeds. Passage migrant. Rare in winter.
American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) An agult with Golden Plover at Sconser on 6.10.2014 is the only Skye record.
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) View Image A regular winter visitor in small numbers.
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) View Image Breeds in small numbers. Occurs as a passage migrant, rare in winter.
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) View Image Regular passage migrant in late summer/autumn.
Sanderling (Calidris alba) View Image Rare passage migrant in late summer/autumn.
Little Stint (Calidris minuta) View Image Very rare passage migrant.
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) Scarce North American vagrant. (HRC)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) View Image Passage migrant which is now recorded annually.
Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) View Image A single record in 2010. (BBRC)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) scarce north American vagrant with a single record in 2012
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) View Image Rare winter visitor.
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) View Image Breeds. Common passage migrant. Winters in small numbers.
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) Rare passage migrant
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) View Image A regular passage migrant and winter visitor.
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) View Image A common breeding resident. Also occurs on passage.
Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) Breeds in small numbers. Common passage migrant and winter visitor.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) View Image A rare passage migrant in late summer.
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) View Image A regular passage migrant. Small numbers winter.
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) View Image A common passage migrant, particularly in late spring.
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) View Image Breeds locally. A common passage migrant and winter visitor.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) View Image A scarce passage migrant.
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) View Image A rare breeding resident. Common passage migrant and winter visitor.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) View Image Breeds commonly. Passage migrant and winter visitor.
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) View Image Accidental North American visitor. (BBRC)
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) View Image Scarce passage migrant.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) Very rare passage migrant.
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucus) View Image Very common summer visitor.
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia) This extremely rare and accidental visitor from North America has attempted to breed. (BBRC)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) View Image Common winter visitor and passage migrant..
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) View Image Very scarce passage migrant.
Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarious) View Image Scarce passage migrant though large numbers recorded in 2008. (HRC)
Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) A single at Broadford Bay between 16-21 August 2013, is the only record for Skye
Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus) View Image Rare passage migrant.
Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parisiticus) View Image An occasional passage migrant in spring, more frequent from late summer.
Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus) A scarce passage migrant in spring and autumn. (HRC juveniles)
Great Skua (Catharacta skua) View Image Now breeds and summers. A common passage migrant.
Little Gull (Larus minutus) View Image A scarce passage migrant.
Sabine's Gull (Larus sabini) Scarce passage migrant. (HRC)
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) May have bred, but scarce. Occurs regularly on passage but in small numbers.
Common Gull (Larus canus) Breeding resident. Occurs in large numbers on passage.
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) Rare vagrant though several birds seen in autumn 2014 part of an influx.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) View Image Breeding resident and passage migrant.
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) View Image Common breeding resident and passage migrant.
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) View Image A winter visitor, in small numbers.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) View Image A winter visitor, in small numbers.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) View Image Breeding resident and passage migrant.
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) View Image Breeds. Large numbers occur on spring and autumn passage.
Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) A very rare winter visitor. (BBRC)
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) View Image A regular passage migrant in small numbers.
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) View Image Breeds in small numbers and occurs on passage.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) View Image Breeds in small numbers and occurs on passage.
Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) View Image Very rare passage migrant.
Common Guillemot (Uria aalge) View Image Breeding resident and passage migrant.
Razorbill (Alca torda) View Image Breeding resident and passage migrant.
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) View Image Breeding resident.
Little Auk (Alle alle) Rare but regular winter visitor.
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) View Image Breeding in small numbers on offshore islands.
Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus) Accidental - historical records only. (BBRC)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) View Image Breeding resident.
Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) Breeding resident.
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Breeding resident.
European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) View Image Regular vagrant.
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) View Image Common summer visitor.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) View Image Breeding resident in small numbers.
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) Very rare winter visitor - mostly historical records. (BBRC)
Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) Breeding resident.
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) View Image Rare breeding resident.
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) View Image Rare breeding resident. Also occurs on passage.
European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) Has bred - historical records mainly though a dead bird was found in 2005.
Common Swift (Chaetura pelagica) No recent breeding records. Occurs on passage.
Alpine Swift (Apus melba) A single record in 1979. (SBRC)
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) A scarce vagrant. No known breeding record.
European Bee-Eater (Merops apiaster) View Image A scarce vagrant. (HRC)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops) A scarce vagrant.
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) A scarce vagrant with only two records
Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) A very rare vagrant which was recorded at Kyleakin on 6th July 2013
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) View Image A rare breeding resident, probably expanding its range.
Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis) View Image Breeds commonly - a few birds winter. Also occurs on passage.
Horned (Shore) Lark (Eremophila alpestris) Very rare winter visitor. (HRC)
Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) View Image Breeds in small numbers and occurs on passage.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) View Image Breeds. Common summer visitor.
House Martin (Delichon urbica) View Image Summer visitor and breeds in small numbers.
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica dauricaljaponica) View Image Rare vagrant - a single record in 2011
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) View Image Common summer visitor and breeder.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) View Image Common breeding resident. Population is mainly migratory.
Rock Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) Common breeding resident.
Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) Very rare vagrant. (SBRC)
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) Has bred, but only a single recent record. (HRC)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) View Image Breeds commonly. A few birds winter.
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) View Image Breeds commonly. A few birds winter.
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba) View Image A regular passage migrant, particularly in late spring.
Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) View Image Rare but regular winter visitor.
White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) View Image Breeding resident.
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) View Image Common breeding resident.
Hedge Accentor (Prunella modularis) View Image Common breeding resident.
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) Common breeding resident and winter visitor.
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) View Image A scarce vagrant.
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) Rare summer visitor which breeds in small numbers.
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) View Image Common summer visitor which breeds.
Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) View Image Common breeding resident.
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) View Image Common summer visitor which breeds extensively. Also occurs on passage.
Ring Ouzel (Turdud torquatus) View Image A summer visitor which breeds, though sparsely.
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) Common breeding resident and winter visitor.
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) View Image Common winter visitor and passage migrant.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) View Image Common breeding resident and winter vistor.
Redwing (Turdus ilacus) View Image Common winter visitor and passage migrant.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) View Image Breeding resident.
Common Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) View Image Breeds and widely distributed.
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) View Image Summer visitor which breeds in small numbers.
Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) A single record in 2004. (HRC)
Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris) A single at Uig Bay from 17-28 June 2013, is the first record for Skye.
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) View Image Rare summer visitor which probably breeds. Rare in winter.
Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin) Rare summer visitor, probably breeds.
Barred Warbler (Sylvia borin) A rare passage migrant. (HRC)
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) View Image Extremely rare passage migrant.
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) View Image Breeds. Summer visitor.
Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans) A single record in 2005. (SBRC)
Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) Rare summer visitor which probably breeds.
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) View Image Rare summer visitor which probably breeds.
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) View Image Very common summer visitor which breeds extensively.
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) View Image Common breeding resident.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus) A scarce vagrant and winter visitor, the first record was a bird seen at Isleornsay on 2.11.2015. A bird was also found at Portree on 23.2.16.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) View Image Summer visitor which breeds.
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) A scarce vagrant which has been recorded twice. (HRC)
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Very rare summer visitor. No recent breeding record.
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) View Image Common breeding resident.
Willow Tit (Parus montanus) Historical record only. (HRC)
Coal Tit (Parus ater) Common breeding resident.
Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) View Image Common breeding resident.
Great Tit (Parus major) View Image Common breeding resident.
Crested Tit (Lophonphanes cristatus) View Image A single record of a wintering bird 2010/11.
Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) View Image Historical record only. (HRC)
Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) View Image Breeding resident.
Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) A rare vagrant with a single record in 1986. (HRC)
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) A rare vagrant with a single record in 1988. (HRC)
Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) Very rare winter visitor.
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) Scarce vagrant. (SBRC)
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica) Very rare vagrant historically but regular recently. May have bred in the 1970's.
Jay (Garralus glandarius) expanding range in neighbouring areas and a single was recorded on 29.5.2017
Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) View Image Has bred and recent reports of wandering birds. (HRC)
Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) View Image Common breeding resident.
Rook (Corvus frugilegus) View Image Common breeding resident.
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) View Image A regular vagrant and may interbreed with Hooded.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) Very common breeding resident.
Common Raven (Corvus corax) View Image Common breeding resident.
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) View Image Common breeding resident and winter visitor.
Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus) Very rare vagrant but has occurred during recent irruptions. (HRC)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) View Image Common breeding resident.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) View Image Has bred but recent records relate to wandering birds.
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) View Image Common breeding resident.
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) View Image An irregular winter visitor in small numbers.
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) View Image Common breeding resident.
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) View Image Breeding resident and evidence of population expansion.
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) View Image Common breeding resident.
Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) View Image Local breeding resident though population has significantly declined.
Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) View Image Breeds commonly though main population absent in winter.
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret) View Image Common breeding resident.
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) occurs annually as a migrant and winter visitor
Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) View Image Breeding resident in small numbers.
Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) View Image A scarce vagrant. (HRC)
Common Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) View Image Common breeding resident.
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) A scarce vagrant
Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica stiata) A north American vagrant recorded in 2005. (BBRC)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) Rare north American vagrant recorded in 2012
Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) View Image Rare passage migrant.
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) View Image A winter visitor in small numbers.
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) Formerly bred but now very rare and local.
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) View Image Rare breeding resident - population possibly in decline.
Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) Vagrant - a male was found on garden feeders at Galtrigill, Glendale, on 10.6.2016
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra) View Image Bred formerly in small numbers. Only a single recent record.

Great White Egret

 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.

Yellow-browed Warbler

 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.

Mandarin Duck

 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.

Jay

 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.

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