Please find below the amendments with the reasoning behind the decision for each species.
The following species to be added to the HRC list:
Egyptian Goose – delegated from SBRC 2017
Glossy Ibis – delegated from SBRC 2017
Ruddy Duck - Category C species with an average of 2.9 record annually in last ten years, only going to decrease given DEFRA cull!.
Spotted Redshank - average of only 0.9 records annually in last ten years.
Bluethroat - average of 0.2 records annually in last ten years.
Ring-necked Parakeet - Category C species that is spreading from southeast England and likely to colonise in the future.
The following species to be removed from HRC list:
Black-bellied Dipper -This is a BBRC subspecies
Tundra Bean Goose – above threshold records per year, note Taiga Bean Goose has been retained.
European White-fronted Goose – above threshold records per year.
Mediterranean Gull - above threshold records per year and rapidly increasing number of records.
Hoopoe - above threshold records per year, 3.1 records annually on average in last ten years.
Yellow-browed Warbler - above threshold records per year, 4.1 on average annually in last ten years and again a species that is rapidly increasing in occurrence.
The following amendments to be made to species currently on the HRC list:
Long-tailed Skuas - now includes immatures as well as juveniles requiring descriptions.
Garganey – both males and females now require descriptions.
Surf Scoter – both males and females now require descriptions.
Spotted Crake – all records now require a description or sound recording!.
The following species will have their status reviewed next year (Smew, Red-necked Grebe, Turtle Dove, Lesser Whitethroat, Nuthatch, Hawfinch) along with any others falling above or below annual threshold figures. All changes are effective from the start of 2017.
The updated list is on the Highland Birds website here and on the main SOC Highland page here.