Garden Warbler on Skye

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16th May 2017


I've been trying to find Garden Warbler on Skye for several years. Though they breed in neighbouring Lochalsh there are only a handful of records on Skye, and though they are reported annually, a number of these have turned out to be Blackcaps. In contrast the Blackcap populations seems to have exploded with birds now recorded throughout the island. I was therefore delighted to find my first singing Garden Warbler in a woodland at Armadale today, and be able to photograph it. This is the first new bird I have recorded on the island in 2017 and brings my Skye list to 204.