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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|Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)||A regular passage migrant in small numbers.|
|Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)||Breeds in small numbers and occurs on passage.|
|Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)||Breeds in small numbers and occurs on passage.|
|Little Tern (Sterna albifrons)||Very rare passage migrant.|
|Common Guillemot (Uria aalge)||Breeding resident and passage migrant.|
|Razorbill (Alca torda)||Breeding resident and passage migrant.|
|Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)||Breeding resident.|
|Little Auk (Alle alle)||Rare but regular winter visitor.|
|Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)||Breeding in small numbers on offshore islands.|
|Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)||Accidental - historical records only. (BBRC)|
|Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)||Breeding resident.|
|Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)||Breeding resident.|
|Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)||Breeding resident.|
|European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)||Regular vagrant.|
|Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)||Common summer visitor.|
|Barn Owl (Tyto alba)||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)||Rare breeding resident.|
|Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)||Rare breeding resident. Also occurs on passage.|
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.
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.
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.