08th November 2011
The Red-rumped Swallow seen at Talisker in June has now been accepted by the Scottish Birds Rarities Committee and has become No. 246 on the Skye List. There was an interesting history to this bird in that it was first seen on Sanday, Orkney on 9th June. It was then seen at Talisker by Steph and Ray Hamilton on 17th June. David and Christine Hammond saw and photographed the bird on 25th June though at the time were unaware of the significance of their observation. It was only when Ian Fulton saw and photographed the bird on 29th June that news of its presence broke, unfortunately too late for a couple of local twitchers! The story does not end there as there is a suggestion that the bird may belong to an eastern sub-species yet to be recorded in the UK. The record will now be assessed by the British Birds Rarities Committee and the British Ornithologist's Union Record Committee - dont expect a decision too soon!