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 264, and an effort has also been made to comment on status.
264 results. Displaying 181 to 200. VIEW ALL
|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)||Breeds commonly. A few birds winter.|
|Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)||Breeds commonly. A few birds winter.|
|White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba)||A regular passage migrant, particularly in late spring.|
|Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)||Rare but regular winter visitor.|
|White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)||Breeding resident.|
|Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)||Common breeding resident.|
|Hedge Accentor (Prunella modularis)||Common breeding resident.|
|European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)||Common breeding resident and winter visitor.|
|Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)||A scarce vagrant.|
|Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)||Rare summer visitor which breeds in small numbers.|
|Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)||Common summer visitor which breeds.|
|Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)||Common breeding resident.|
|Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)||Common summer visitor which breeds extensively. Also occurs on passage.|
|Ring Ouzel (Turdud torquatus)||A summer visitor which breeds, though sparsely.|
|Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)||Common breeding resident and winter visitor.|
|Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)||Common winter visitor and passage migrant.|
|Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)||Common breeding resident and winter vistor.|
|Redwing (Turdus ilacus)||Common winter visitor and 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.
A juvenile bird was found in Broadford Bay at Harrapool on 24.10.2018 by David Darrell-Lambert. It remained in the area for several weeks. The record has been ratified by BBRC.