• Scotland's Bird Club



Area covered:

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


Local recorder for the area:

John Poyner

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01479 821357

6, Mackenzie Crescent, Nethybridge, Highland, PH25 3DU

Highland Bird Report


Alex Joss

Published by:

SOC Highland branch

Latest issue:

2020 (digital)

The report includes:
  • Acknowledgements   
  • Editorial       
  • Guide for submitting bird records 
  • Contributors to Highland Bird Report 2020        
  • Reporting rare or scarce species and recent rarity decisions     
  • Highland weather in 2020
  • Review of the ornithological year 2020  
  • Systematic list for 2020      
  • Escapes and presumed feral birds             
  • First and last dates of common migrants  
  • Bird ringing in Highland recording area during 2020     
  • Dusky Warbler at Rubha Dearg, Wester Ross, the first Highland record
  • Some rare bird highlights in south-east Sutherland in 2020
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Kildonan, Isle of Eigg, 27-30 October 2020
  • Coloured illustrations are included throughout the text  

The digital version is free to download.  Details for purchasing a printed copy can be found below.

Available from:

The digital report is free to view on the Highland Birds website.  Bound printed copies can be purchased by request from SOC Highland branch via Alex Joss, 8 Green Drive, Inverness, IV2 4EX, or contact Alex by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

First published:

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

Back issues:

2018, 2017 and 2016 copies are both £9 (plus £2 P&P). All previous copies are free apart from £2 P&P but 2008 is sold out. For multiple postings we can usually pack 2 reports to an envelope and charge £3.00 postage per envelope. Please contact Alex Joss (as above).


Highland Bird Report Gazetteer

SOC Highland branch has produced a gazetteer, listing almost 2600 site names referred to in the Highland Bird Report and their grid references. Locations in red are new entries in the 2015 or 16 report. Download the 2015/16 gazetteer as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet


Highlands Records Committee

Records of any of the following species in the Highland recording area requires a formal description using this form (last updated March 2021).

​Bewick’s Swan
​Taiga Bean Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
Dark-bellied Brent Goose 
Egyptian Goose 
Snow Goose
European White-fronted Goose
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Garganey (Females/imm only)
Red-crested Pochard
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
Ruddy Duck 
White-billed Diver
Balearic Shearwater
Leach's Petrel (Inner Moray Firth only)
Continental Cormorant (ssp sinensis)
Great White Egret
White Stork
Glossy Ibis 
Red-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Honey Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Ring-necked Parakeet 
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
Long-tailed Skua (juveniles and immatures)
Sabine’s Gull (east coast records only)
Kumlien's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Roseate Tern
Black Tern (adults and immatures)
Turtle Dove
Little Owl
Scandinavian Rock Pipit (ssp. littoralis)
Richard’s Pipit
Olive-backed Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail (all races)
Reed Warbler
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Barred Warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff (ssp. tristis)
Pallas’s Warbler
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Marsh Tit
Willow Tit
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
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)
Little Bunting


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SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.