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.
265 results. Displaying 101 to 120. VIEW ALL
|Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)||Passage migrant which is now recorded annually.|
|Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus)||A single record in 2010. (BBRC)|
|Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)||scarce north American vagrant with a single record in 2012|
|Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)||Rare winter visitor.|
|Dunlin (Calidris alpina)||Breeds. Common passage migrant. Winters in small numbers.|
|Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)||Rare passage migrant|
|Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)||A regular passage migrant and winter visitor.|
|Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)||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)||A rare passage migrant in late summer.|
|Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)||A regular passage migrant. Small numbers winter.|
|Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)||A common passage migrant, particularly in late spring.|
|Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)||Breeds locally. A common passage migrant and winter visitor.|
|Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)||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)||A rare breeding resident. Common passage migrant and winter visitor.|
|Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)||Breeds commonly. Passage migrant and winter visitor.|
|Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)||Accidental North American visitor. (BBRC)|
|Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)||Scarce passage migrant.|
|Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)||Very rare passage migrant.|
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.
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.