Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye


The island of Skye is unique though the systematic recording of its wildlife is a recent development.  By highlighting the wide variety of birds which can be seen, we hope to encourage locals and visitors to record their bird observations, stimulate involvement in fieldwork, and contribute to the conservation and protection of a number of rare and spectacular birds so that future generations can enjoy birding, against the most dramatic backdrop in Britain.

....and not just Skye

reports are regularly received from the neighbouring Lochalsh and Lochaber areas which are included in the site.  We are delighted that  the website has become a popular resource for the wider area.

Latest Activity

> Skye Birds Blog

Skye Birds14th February 2018

Revised Edition in progress

> Recent Reports

Canada Goose20th March 2018

single at Loch Portree (JDJ) and pair at Isleornsay (RMcM)

Iceland Gull20th March 2018

two juveniles at Loch Portree (NB)

Iceland Gull18th March 2018

juvenile at Greshornish fish farm (RMcM) - sadly the bird found in poor condition at Kyleakin Obbe did not survive.

> Latest additions to the Gallery

Recent Reports

Keep up to date with recent bird sightings not just from Skye, but also Lochalsh and neighbouring areas.  These are updated on a daily basis and the archive contains records for the last seven years.

Skye Birds 2nd Edition

Written by Bob McMillan, this is the authoritative guide to the birds of Skye and where to find them. The 2nd edition was published in 2009 but is out of print.  The 3rd edition will be available in late 2018.


The Skye Birds Gallery features birds photographed on Skye or the neighbouring area by local photographers or visitors to the area. There are also images captured on other birding trips within the UK or overseas.

Blog, News and Events

This page provides an opportunity for Bob and others to blog.  It will also provide what we regard as newsworthy items either locally or nationally.  We will also try and keep you up to date with walks, talks and other events.

Where to Go

Bird watching is likely to be rewarding throughout the district.  The 'Where to Go' map allows you to look at sites which are reasonably accessible and which have been visited regularly during the last few years.

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