21st June 2021
Roseate Tern has never been confirmed on Skye or for that matter west Highland. There is a long-term study at Coquet Island, Northumberland, under Dr Chris Redfern , of the University of Newcastle, where birds are fitted with geolocators which amongst other information, provides data on the dispersal of birds from the breeding colony. One such bird SK01058 01V0 moved north up the east coast of Scotland to Montrose Basin before tracking west across the Grampian, and reaching the west coast spending 26-28 August 2018, in the Minch between Waternish Point and outer Loch Bracadale (see map). The information was submitted to the Highlands Records Committee and the record was accepted and becomes a 1st for Skye. It is the first occasion in Highland where a record has been accepted purely on the basis of technology, without being seen by an observer.