Orkney recording area

Orkney recording area

Brinkie's Brae - view from

Brinkie’s Bray, Orkney © Eric Meek

Area covered:

Orkney Islands


Local recorder for the area:

Jim Williams




Orkney, KW17 2EQ


call01856 761317




Orkney Bird Report:


Julian Branscombe

Latest issue:



£8 plus postage, please email Jim (below)

First year of publication:


Copies of latest edition and back issues:

Jim Williams jim.geniefea@btinternet.com


Yesnaby, Orkney © Eric Meek

Orkney Birds Records Committee


Pete Donnelly, Paul Higson, Alan Leitch and Mark Warren, with Jim Williams as non-voting secretary.

List of species that the committee considers:

Forms for written descriptions are available from the Orkney Bird Recorder, Jim Williams, Fairholm, Finstown, Orkney, KW17 2EQ (email: jim.geniefea@btinternet.com) and should be returned to him.

Bewick’s Swan, Bean Goose, Snow Goose, Mandarin Duck, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Ring-necked Duck, Surf Scoter, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, White-billed Diver, Balearic Shearwater, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, White Stork, Spoonbill, Black-necked Grebe, Honey-buzzard, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Goshawk, Rough-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Hobby, Spotted Crake, Crane, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, American Golden Plover, Temminck’s Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Long-tailed Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Black Tern, Roseate Tern, Stock Dove, Barn Owl, Nightjar, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Green Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Magpie, Jay, Firecrest, Bearded Tit, Short-toed Lark, Shore Lark, Greenish Warbler, Pallas’s Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Barred Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Rose-coloured Starling, Nightingale, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Richard’s Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, Water Pipit, Coue’s Arctic Redpoll (C. hornemanni exilipes), Common Rosefinch, Ortolan Bunting, Little Bunting


Useful links:

Visit the SOC Orkney branch page

Where to birdwatch around Scotland

Find out more about BirdTrack

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