Corncrakes on Skye

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03rd May 2013


Corncrake time again! The Isle of Coll corncrakes began arriving back from their wintering grounds in the Congo basin in mid-April – normal dates for Coll. We usually get the first reports on Skye toward the end of April although last year they waited until 2nd May to get going.

We had 31 calling males on the island last year, mainly on Waternish and Trotternish although they do show up on other parts of the island. Crofts are their preferred habitat and it's recommended to listen from roadsides. Please don’t go into the meadows as this year’s grasses are just starting to grow now. The very repetitive, rasping call of the male corncrake is best heard at late at night but they do call through the day too. If you hear a corncrake (day or night!) I would really appreciate a call or please pass the information onto Bob at All reports from Skye Birds visitors will be really helpful for me with the annual RSPB count of corncrakes on Skye.

All reports are greatly appreciated either through this website or directly to Shelagh Parlane on 01470 582498 01470 582498 or 07771545409.

Shelagh Parlane