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
17th Sep 2014 Barred Warbler juvenile in garden at Morar this morning (SMacD)(see Gallery)
16th Sep 2014 Sabine's Gull from Hebridean Whale Cruises out of Gairloch - 6 (an adult and 5 juvs) off Rona Bank (N.Davies)
16th Sep 2014 Wheatear View Image late bird at Ben Aketil, nr Edinbane (PE)
15th Sep 2014 Mediterranean Gull 1st winter in Broadford Bay (MB) - this is a first record for Skye and Lochalsh (see Gallery)
15th Sep 2014 Ring Ouzel View Image single calling Loch Coruisk (PP)
14th Sep 2014 Brent Goose View Image 142 in Broadford Bay + two smaller groups later (MB)
14th Sep 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image two at Upper Milovaig (AS)
14th Sep 2014 Sabine's Gull 4 adults & a juvenile off Rona Bank from Hebridean Whale Cruises, Gairloch (N.Davies)
14th Sep 2014 Long-tailed Skua single off Rona Bank from Hebridean Whale Cruises, Gairloch (N.Davies)
13th Sep 2014 Brent Goose View Image c45 in Broadford Bay (MB)
13th Sep 2014 Ring Ouzel View Image two different birds on five sisters of Kintail (RA)
11th Sep 2014 Wheatear View Image late leucorhoa type near Orbost (RMcM)(see Gallery)
11th Sep 2014 Goldfinch 100+ near Pool Roag(RMcM) & 40+ at Earlish (LM)
11th Sep 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single on Ardnish & a single Knot (EH)
11th Sep 2014 Brent Goose View Image two skeins flying west over Kilbryde, Torrin, were probably of this species (JJ)
11th Sep 2014 Ruff single at Kilmory Bay, Rum (SM) (see Gallery)
11th Sep 2014 Osprey View Image report of a single in thermals at Mam Ratagan pass, Lochalsh (M.English)
10th Sep 2014 Greenfinch View Image flock of 120+ at Ardmore, Waternish (RMcM)
10th Sep 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image 36 at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
9th Sep 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
8th Sep 2014 Grey Plover View Image single on Ardnish (RMcM)
8th Sep 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image single in Pabay sound (RMcM)
8th Sep 2014 Greenshank 7 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
7th Sep 2014 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 23 at Loch Portree & a Knot (TB)
7th Sep 2014 Goldfinch 10 at Earlish (L.Murdoch)
7th Sep 2014 Hen Harrier View Image adult male at Uigshader on 4th (JK) & ringtail at Ashaig, Broadford today (R.Davison)
5th Sep 2014 Willow Warbler View Image several still moving through Breakish (RMcM)
5th Sep 2014 Manx Shearwater View Image c50 in the Narrows of Raasay (WM)
4th Sep 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image two in Uig Bay (ML)
4th Sep 2014 Common Scoter 12 in Broadford Bay (MB)
3rd Sep 2014 Blackcap View Image male in garden at Eynort (S.Davies)
3rd Sep 2014 Redshank fresh influx of birds in Broadford Bay with 42 Redshank, 70 Dunlin, 55 Ringed Plover & 5 Bar-tailed Godwit (MB)
3rd Sep 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 15 in flight over Broadford Bay with 5 Knot (MB)
2nd Sep 2014 Storm Petrel 3 from the Lochmaddy Ferry (RMcM)
2nd Sep 2014 Whimbrel View Image flock of 18 south over Broadford (MB)
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)
30th Aug 2014 Swift single on the coast near Camastianavaig (C.Bell)
30th Aug 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Tianavaig Bay (C.Bell)
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)

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