Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye

Bird sightings on the Island of Skye and the neighbouring area

The objective of these pages is to keep everyone, locals and visitors, up to date with what birds are about. It is therefore dependent on everyone contacting me as quickly as possible to ensure I can update the site so that others might benefit from the observations. In the case of rarer species details would also be passed on the Highland Recorder Peter Gordon (  who may require a full description before the record was accepted. This website will very much be locally focused but has become part of the SOC local recorder system and other networks and we hope we can enhance these systems. We will also have complete discretion as to what information is added to these pages and will try to avoid any details which might reveal breeding sites of vulnerable species.  It is impossible to record everything reported and for the more regularly observed species, we would encourage the use of 'Birdtrack' - http://blx1.bto.org/birdtrack.

Date Species Image Details
31st Aug 2014 Whimbrel View Image another small flock of c8 in Broadford Bay (MB)
30th Aug 2014 Linnet flock of 18 on the croft at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
30th Aug 2014 Whimbrel View Image 4 in Broadford Bay in the evening (MB)
29th Aug 2014 Knot 22 in Broadford Bay (MB)
29th Aug 2014 Common Sandpiper View Image stragglers still with singles at Harrapool (MB) and Loch Slapin (RMcM)
29th Aug 2014 Kingfisher single on Glen More river, Glenelg (P.Jones) - this is the first report in Lochalsh for some years.
29th Aug 2014 Peregrine View Image a young female found grounded in Glasnakille by C. & J. MacKinnon is now in the care of the Yoxon's at the IOSF in Harrapool.(see Gallery)
28th Aug 2014 Knot 6 at Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM)
28th Aug 2014 Chiffchaff still at Stein, Waternish + Common Whitethroat (C.Ellis)
27th Aug 2014 Arctic Skua View Image two, a dark morph & a pale morph east of Rum from the ferry (RMcM)
26th Aug 2014 Twite View Image 50+ on the the Old Man of Storr (R.Williams)
26th Aug 2014 Common Dolphin large pod of 100+ off Lub Score, Trotternish (A.Hickey)
26th Aug 2014 Golden Plover 14 at the head of Loch Slapin (RMcM)
25th Aug 2014 Common Sandpiper View Image still two on the shore at Kyleakin Quarry (RMcM)
25th Aug 2014 Basking Shark report from Rubha Hunish (K.Lindsley) - seem to be scarcer this year
25th Aug 2014 Barn Owl View Image single reported at dusk at Kilmuir (R.Jones)
24th Aug 2014 Gull sp exceptional numbers (thousands) on East Coast sea lochs exploiting fish fry/sprats - predominately Herring and Common Gulls with many juveniles.
24th Aug 2014 Black-headed Gull re above - c50 at the head of Loch Ainort (MB, RMcM)
24th Aug 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image re above - 70 at the head of Loch Ainort & 32 at Loch Sligachan (MB, RMcM)
24th Aug 2014 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 56 at the head of Loch Ainort (MB, RMcM)
24th Aug 2014 Eider eclipse flock of 170 between Moll & Scalpay (MB, RMcM)
24th Aug 2014 Goosander View Image 34 at Loch Sligachan & 16 at Portree Loch (MB, RMcM)
24th Aug 2014 Wheatear View Image 3 juvenile leucorhoa types in the Kilmuir area (MB, RMcM)(see Gallery)
24th Aug 2014 Hen Harrier View Image two adult females in the Kilmuir area (MB, RMcM)
24th Aug 2014 Arctic Skua View Image 4 off Ashaig, Broadford Bay (RMcM)
23rd Aug 2014 Sanderling View Image 8 at Harrapool (MB)
22nd Aug 2014 Knot 10 at Ashaig (PP)
22nd Aug 2014 Wigeon 2 at Waterloo (MB) and 15 at Ardnish (RMcM)
22nd Aug 2014 Hen Harrier View Image adult male on Struan 'hill road' on 19th (AM) and juvenile ringtail Lower Breakish today (RMcM)
22nd Aug 2014 Arctic Tern View Image 22 north at the Narrows of Raasay (WM)
22nd Aug 2014 Short-eared Owl View Image report of a single at Prabost (G.Ferguson)
21st Aug 2014 Barn Owl View Image single late evening on the Elgol road at Camusunary (MK)
21st Aug 2014 Peregrine Falcon probable tiercel at Ullinish (PE)
20th Aug 2014 Goosander View Image 12 in Portree Loch (RMcM)
20th Aug 2014 Sanderling View Image 10 at Harrapool + 54 Ringed Plover (RMcM)
20th Aug 2014 Twite View Image 20+ at Earlish (L.Murdoch) & c60 at Harrapool (RMcM)
19th Aug 2014 Whinchat View Image two juveniles in Lower Breakish (RMcM)
19th Aug 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image single on the Ardtreck Burn, Portnalong (JThomas)
19th Aug 2014 Merlin View Image adult female at Tarskavaig (J.Bentall)
18th Aug 2014 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 26 at Loch Portree (TB)
18th Aug 2014 Sanderling View Image 3 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
18th Aug 2014 Manx Shearwater View Image c500 off Idrigill Point from the ferry (ML)
18th Aug 2014 Storm Petrel single in outer Loch Snizort (ML)
18th Aug 2014 Teal View Image 6 at Camus a Mhor, Gedintailor (WM)
17th Aug 2014 Manx Shearwater View Image 600+ north through the Narrows of Raasay + good nos of Kittiwakes & Gannets (WM)
17th Aug 2014 Arctic Skua View Image Single in the Narrows of Raasay (WM)
17th Aug 2014 Great Skua View Image single in Narrows of Raasay (WM) & up to four in Broadford Bay (J.Bentall, P.Speak)
16th Aug 2014 Jackdaw numbers probably increasing with 67 at Skeabost Bridge (GF)
16th Aug 2014 Little Grebe View Image adult with two young on the Storr Lochs (TB)
15th Aug 2014 Arctic Skua View Image 6 in outer Broadford Bay (DB)
15th Aug 2014 Sabine's Gull adult at sea 8 miles east of Staffin Island (Nick Davies Hebridean Whale Cruises)
15th Aug 2014 Sanderling View Image juv at Harrapool (GR)
15th Aug 2014 Sooty Shearwater View Image single 5 miles east of Staffin Island with Manx Shearwaters (N.Davies)
14th Aug 2014 Little Gull View Image two adults off Waterloo (D.Blakesley)
14th Aug 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image single in Broadford Bay (DB)
14th Aug 2014 Arctic Skua View Image three in outer Broadford Bay (MB) & 4 in the narrows of Raasay (PE)
14th Aug 2014 Goosander View Image adult female and three young in Loch Slapin (RMcM)
14th Aug 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single on Ardnish (DB)
14th Aug 2014 Great Skua View Image several reports from Broadford Bay, Narrows of Raasay, Staffin Island and Gedintailor
13th Aug 2014 Cuckoo latish bird at Elgol(GR)
13th Aug 2014 Swift two over Kyleakin (AH)
13th Aug 2014 Common Sandpiper View Image still 4 at Harrapool (GR)
12th Aug 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 22 at Waterloo early morning, and 13 on Ardnish in afternoon (RMcM)
12th Aug 2014 Golden Plover 11 at Ashaig (RMcM), and c20 at Traigh on 10th (J.Bentall)
12th Aug 2014 Tern sp c60 at Ashaig comprising both Arctic and Common (RMcM)
12th Aug 2014 Arctic Skua View Image singles in Broadford Bay & off Staffin, with two off Flodigarry Island (D.Blakesley) also singles later at Pabay Sound & Ardnish (RMcM)
12th Aug 2014 Redshank c80 on Ardnish + 9 Greenshank (RMcM)
12th Aug 2014 Knot 3 at Waterloo in the morning & 5 on Ardnish in the afternoon (DB,RMcM)
12th Aug 2014 Whimbrel View Image two south over Ashaig (RMcM)
12th Aug 2014 Swift late bird at Broadford (D.Blakesley)
11th Aug 2014 Red-throated Diver View Image three in Broadford Bay (GR)
11th Aug 2014 Arctic Skua View Image three in Broadford Bay, two pale morph adults and a juvenile (D.Blakesley)
11th Aug 2014 Whimbrel View Image single at Waterloo + a Sanderling (D.Blakesley)
10th Aug 2014 Cuckoo two young birds at Ullinish (PE)
10th Aug 2014 Wigeon early arrival with a female at Waterloo (D.Blakesley)
10th Aug 2014 Osprey View Image one with a fish at Lochlonghead, Lochalsh (PS)
10th Aug 2014 Sanderling View Image single at Staffin Bay (MP)
9th Aug 2014 Sandwich Tern View Image two at Harrapool (GR)
9th Aug 2014 Knot 5 at Ashaig (A&EH)
9th Aug 2014 Twite View Image small flocks only with 10 at Ashaig (A&EH) and at Harrapool (GR)
8th Aug 2014 Arctic Tern View Image c25 including juveniles at Ashaig (RMcM)
7th Aug 2014 Red-breasted Merganser View Image eclipse flock of 55 at head of Loch Ainort (GR)
7th Aug 2014 Tawny Owl adult and at least one fledged young at Portnalong (ST)
7th Aug 2014 Twite View Image small flock of 12 at Balmeanach (WM)
7th Aug 2014 Greenshank three at Ardnish and two at Waterloo (D.Blakesley)
6th Aug 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three in Breakish Obbe ((PP)
6th Aug 2014 Sanderling View Image adult & two juveniles in Broadford Bay (MB)
6th Aug 2014 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
6th Aug 2014 Greenshank two at the head of Loch Ainort (GR)
6th Aug 2014 Eider 158 between Ard Dorch and Luib (JP)
6th Aug 2014 Spotted Flycatcher View Image two at Flodigarry (D.Blakesley)
5th Aug 2014 Goldcrest View Image breeding reports are scarce - adult with young at Isleornsay (J.Thomas)
4th Aug 2014 Sanderling View Image still single juvenile at Harrapool (GR)
4th Aug 2014 Greenshank two on the Allt Duisdale saltmarsh, Isleornsay + 4 Snipe (RC)
4th Aug 2014 Spotted Flycatcher View Image family party of five at Portnalong (ST)
4th Aug 2014 Little Grebe View Image on Loch Fada, two pairs with young and another incubating (D.Blakesley)
3rd Aug 2014 Arctic Tern View Image 12 at Loch Caroy (MS)
3rd Aug 2014 Dunlin View Image up to 80 at Harrapool + 20 Ringed Plover (A&EH)
3rd Aug 2014 Sanderling View Image three juveniles in Broadford Bay + three Whimbrel (MB)
3rd Aug 2014 Swift single at Waterloo (D.Blakesley)
3rd Aug 2014 Great Skua View Image 4 at Glasnakille(D.Blakesley)

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