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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 265, and an effort has also been made to comment on status.

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Species Image Details
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.
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) Only a single record of a juvenile found at Broadford Bay on 24.10.2018
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.

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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.

Lesser Yellowlegs

 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.

Yellow-legged Gull

 An adult was found by Andy Stables on Loch Pooltiel at Lower Milovaig on February 23rd 2019.  It has now been ratified by SBRC and is the first record for Skye and only the third record in Highland.

Cackling Goose

 a single with a flock of Barnacle Geese between Duntulm and Kilmaluag on 7.4.2009 was accepted by BBRC in 2019 - it was under review until that time.  Found by P.Dolton and M.J. Learoyd.

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