Areas covered:

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

Local recorder for the area:

John Poyner

01479 821357

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

Highland Bird Report


Alex Joss

Published by:

SOC Highland branch

Latest issue:

2022 (digital) and print version

    The report includes:
    • Acknowledgements   
    • Editorial       
    • Guide for submitting bird records 
    • Contributors to Highland Bird Report 2022       
    • Reporting rare or scarce species and recent rarity decisions     
    • Highland weather in 2022
    • Review of the ornithological year 2022 
    • Systematic list for 2022     
    • Escapes and presumed feral birds             
    • First and last dates of common migrants   
    • Bird ringing in Highland recording area during 2022
    • A Serin on the Isle of Eigg from 21-29 November
    • Autumn birds at the Carse of Ardersier
    • Coloured illustrations are included throughout the text  

    The digital version is free to download here.  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 cost £10 (plus £2.50 P&P) and can be purchased by request from SOC Highland Branch via Carol Miller, Dunbeath, Balbeg, Balnain, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6TL (email: or Alex Joss, 8 Green Drive, Inverness, IV2 4EX (email:

    First published:

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

    Back issues:

    2021, 2020 and 2019 copies are all £10 (plus £2.50 P&P). All previous copies are free apart from £3 P&P per copy. Please contact Carol Miller (as above).

    Highland Bird 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

    Highland Bird Report Gazetteer

    SOC Highland branch has produced a gazetteer, listing almost 2800 site names referred to in the Highland Bird Report and their grid references. Download the 2020 gazetteer as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. 

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