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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
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.

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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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