Highland recording area

Highland recording area

Ptarmigan © Desmond Dugan

Ptarmigan © Desmond Dugan


Area covered:

Inverness District, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Badenoch & Strathspey, Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh


Local recorder for the area:

Peter Stronach



writeClachan, Boat of Garten,
PH24 3BX


call01479 851 272


HIghland Bird Report 2015Editor:

Alex Joss

Latest issue:


The report includes:

Guide for submitting bird records
Contributors to Highland Bird Report 2015
Reporting rare or scarce species and recent rarity decisions
Highland weather in 2015
Review of the ornithological year 2015
Systematic list for 2015
Escapes and presumed feral birds
First and last dates of common migrants
Bird ringing in Highland recording area during 2015
Errata in 2014 HBR
Studies of wader migrations by Highland Ringing Group; the role of geo-locators
Terek Sandpiper at Kyle of Tongue

Also includes 21 colour photos, with the cover image of an Ivory Gull © Bob McMillan.


£9 (plus £2 UK p&p if required)

Available from:

Mrs Lynda Graham, 9 Burn Brae Terrace, Westhill, Inverness, IV2 5HD, telephone: 01463 791292, email: ljgraham50@btinternet.com.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Scottish Ornithologists’ Club HBR’. Please note we cannot accept electronic payments. Copies will soon be available to purchase from Waterston House, please phone to check availability before travelling.

First published:

1995. (Photocopied version 1983-94; also Caithness Bird Report 1983-94, photocopied version 1976-82.)

Back issues:

Highland Bird Report (HBR) 2014 is £9 (plus £2 p&p). The 2013 report is £8 (plus £2 p&p). Issues from 2012 or earlier, if still available (and most years are), are free, apart from £2 to cover p&p costs. For multiple postings we can usually pack 2 reports to an envelope and charge £2.50 postage per envelope. Please contact Lynda Graham (as above).


Highland Bird Report Gazetteer

SOC Highland branch has produced a gazetteer, listing over 2000 site names referred to in the Highland Bird Report and their grid references. Select to download the 2010 gazetteer as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or as a PDF file.


Highlands Records Committee

Records of any of the following species in the Highland recording area requires a formal description using this form (last updated February 2017).

Bewick’s Swan
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Taiga Bean Goose
Egyptian Goose (added 2017)
Snow Goose
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Red-crested Pochard
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
Ruddy Duck (added 2017)
Balearic Shearwater
Continental Cormorant (ssp sinensis)
Great White Egret
White Stork
Glossy Ibis (added 2017)
Red-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Honey Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Ring-necked Parakeet (added 2017)
Spotted Crake
Common Crane
American Golden Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Temminck’s Stint
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Spotted Redshank (added 2017)
Long-tailed Skua (juveniles and immatures)
Sabine’s Gull
Kumlien’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Roseate Tern
Black Tern (juveniles)
Little Owl
Scandinavian Rock Pipit (ssp. littoralis)
Richard’s Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail (all races)
Reed Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Barred Warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff (ssp. tristis)
Pallas’s Warbler
Bluethroat (added 2017)
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Marsh Tit
Willow Tit
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
Nordic Jackdaw (ssp. monedula)
Rose-coloured Starling
Common Rosefinch
Scottish Crossbill (SBRC species in Skye and the small isles)
Parrot Crossbill (SBRC species in Sutherland, Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh)


Useful links

Visit the SOC Highland branch page. Click here to visit the branch’s website, Highland Birds.

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