Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye
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Bird sightings on the Island of Skye and the neighbouring area

The objective of this page 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 Stronach (  who may require a full description before the record was accepted. This website will very much be locally focused but some records will be included in the SOC Highland website www.highlandbirds.scot. and may also reach national sites.  We 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.  Records sent to us are also submitted to Birdtrack.

Date Species Image Details
16th Oct 2018 Mediterranean Gull adult still at the head of Loch Portree with 110 Great Black-backed & 900+ Common Gulls (NB)
16th Oct 2018 Yellow-browed Warbler seen again this morning near the New Pier, Broadford (per PK); bird also found in Uig Wood (SG)
16th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 6 at Ashaig, Broadford (RD)
15th Oct 2018 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Tigh an Drochaid, Portree, this morning (JDJ)
15th Oct 2018 Firecrest female found this morning in Uig just up the Glen Conon road at the first bend (A.Benn)
15th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image five sw over Glen Varragill, Portree (NB) & 31 at Breakish Obbe (NH) in morning; 38 south over Broadford in afternoon (MB, A&EH); 31 over Galmisdale, Eigg (JC); 15 landed at Staffin early evening (E.Cusack)
15th Oct 2018 Pink-footed Goose View Image four at Breakish Obbe (NH)
15th Oct 2018 Wheatear View Image two late birds at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
15th Oct 2018 Yellowhammer single at feeders in Plockton (JS)
15th Oct 2018 Brambling View Image singles reported only at Glasphein, Staffin (MP) and at Harrapool (NB)
14th Oct 2018 Yellow-browed Warbler single in morning from path leading to New Pier, Broadford (PK) and present later in afternoon (MB) (see Gallery); another behind Tigh na Drochaid, Portree from river path (NB)
14th Oct 2018 Mediterranean Gull adult towards the head of Loch Portree late afternoon, scanned from near Aros (NB
14th Oct 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image bird again on Ardnish, Broadford (NH, P.O.-W)
14th Oct 2018 Chiffchaff single at Corry Lodge, Broadford (PK) (see Gallery); single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
14th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image two south at Portree (NB); 10 at Loch Suardal (ST)
14th Oct 2018 Brambling View Image six in the Uig area (ML, AB); single at Plockton (JS) & 15 at Harrapool (MB)
14th Oct 2018 Wheatear View Image two late birds at Kilmory, Rum (SM) & a single on Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
14th Oct 2018 Blackcap View Image female at Kilmory, Rum (SM) and a male at Braes (GR)
13th Oct 2018 Barn Owl View Image single in Breakish at 0630 (RMcM)
13th Oct 2018 Yellow-browed Warbler bit of an influx nationally but first report for the general area is a single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
13th Oct 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image 30 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
13th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 16 over Ashaig, Broadford (RD) with perhaps the same group flying n/w later (RL)
13th Oct 2018 Fieldfare View Image 25 at Portnalong (ST) & 30 at Harrapool (NB)
13th Oct 2018 Redwing View Image 60 at Harrapool (MB, + 90 later in Broadford area (NB); 60 in Portree (JDJ) & report also from Kyleakin (A&EH)
13th Oct 2018 Brambling View Image 12 at Harrapool (MB); 12 in Uig Wood (AB) - with big flock of Chaffinch at Uig and 60 in Harrapool (NB)
13th Oct 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image single at Camas an Sgianadin, Broadford (RL)
13th Oct 2018 Brent Goose View Image 50 briefly at Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (E.Weldon)
13th Oct 2018 Wheatear View Image late bird near the Sgurr of Eigg (J.Robertson)
12th Oct 2018 Brambling View Image at least 5 under feeders at Kinloch, Rum, this morning (SM) - looks like there has been a major influx in the west yesterday so watch your feeders! (See Gallery); single at Portree (LB) & three in Harrapool (CB)
12th Oct 2018 Redwing View Image 13 at Harrapool (NB)
12th Oct 2018 Red-legged Partridge View Image single still at Kyleakin (CMacA))
12th Oct 2018 Little Egret View Image confirmed two birds across the Sound of Sleat with birds at both Back of Keppoch, Arisaig, & at the head of Loch Ailort (SMacD)
11th Oct 2018 Fieldfare View Image 8 over Scullamus + 16 Mistle Thrush & a few Redwings (RMcM)
11th Oct 2018 Common Crossbill View Image 6 over Portree (NB) + 23 Redwing (NB)
11th Oct 2018 Swallow two in Broadford still (NB)
11th Oct 2018 Brambling View Image 15 in Broadford with Chaffinches - unusual to have this number and early (NB)
11th Oct 2018 Grey Plover View Image single in Broadford Bay (MB)
11th Oct 2018 Barn Owl View Image single again at Edinbane (CR)
10th Oct 2018 Goldeneye first of the autumn, female at the head of Loch Carron (RMcM)
10th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 7 west over Breakish Obbe (NH) & 6 on floodwater at Kilmory, Rum (SM) (see Gallery)
10th Oct 2018 Mediterranean Gull adult still Bayfield, Portree, late afternoon (RMcM) (see Gallery)
10th Oct 2018 Brent Goose View Image family group of four still in Broadford Bay (NB)
10th Oct 2018 Little Egret View Image bird seen at the head of Loch Ailort (SMacD) - could be the bird which was at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig, recently
10th Oct 2018 Wheatear View Image straggler at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
9th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image the 17 which flew into Broadford Bay yesterday remained until early afternoon then flew south (RMcM); 4 in Breakish Obbe (NH) & family group of 5 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
9th Oct 2018 Brent Goose View Image the family group of four in Broadford Bay moved to Ashaig (RMcM) - but now seem to have moved back again!!
9th Oct 2018 Swallow late family group of four at Varragill House, Portree (NB)
9th Oct 2018 Little Egret View Image a bird has been present at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig, since last Thursday (per SMacD)
9th Oct 2018 Chiffchaff single at Drumfearn, Sleat (PK)
9th Oct 2018 Redwing View Image trickling through with a few at Harrapool (NB)
9th Oct 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image group of 4 over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
9th Oct 2018 Mediterranean Gull adult at Bayfield, Portree, again late afternoon (JDJ) (see Gallery)
8th Oct 2018 Pink-footed Goose View Image three probably overnighted Glas Eilean, Broadford & flew south this morning - 4 Brents still (RMcM)
8th Oct 2018 Redwing View Image 7 at Portree (NB) and several arrived Rum (SM)
8th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image big movement south this morning & chance there may be duplication in these counts :21 flew south over Broadford Bay early (MB); 7 east at Staffin (EMacd); 9 south at Portnalong (JT); 19 south at Loch Greshornish (JMck); 16 over Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH) ; another 20 flew south at Ashaig midday (NH); 17 landed Broadford Bay 1300 hrs. (MB); 9 at Neist Point & 4 at Loch Suardal (JE); 16 grounded in the sea at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
8th Oct 2018 Swallow late bird at Kinloch, Rum, this morning (SM)
8th Oct 2018 Mediterranean Gull adult at Bayfield, Portree (NB) (see Gallery)
8th Oct 2018 Jack Snipe View Image two over at Neist Point (JE)
8th Oct 2018 Slavonian Grebe single on Loch Dunvegan at Colbost (JE)
8th Oct 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image singles in Glendale and above Meanish Pier (JE)
8th Oct 2018 Lapland Bunting probable juvenile at Kilmory, Rum (SM) (see Gallery)
8th Oct 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image 67 in four small groups south through Kilmory, Rum (SM)
7th Oct 2018 Viking Gull hybrid Glauc/Herring Gull again at Bayfield, Portree (NB)
7th Oct 2018 Brent Goose View Image still family group of four in Broadford Bay (JDJ)
7th Oct 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in Kyleakin Obbe (MB)
7th Oct 2018 Little Egret View Image reported yesterday and present today on the shore of outer Loch Carron near Strome Castle, W.Ross (per PS) - should be viewable from Lochalsh side
6th Oct 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image 8 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
6th Oct 2018 Willow Warbler View Image late bird on Torrin Road, Broadford (NB)
6th Oct 2018 Brent Goose View Image four in Broadford Bay - family group of two adults & two juveniles (NB)
6th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 7 south over Scullamus, Breakish, early evening (RMcM)
6th Oct 2018 Grey Wagtail View Image three different birds between Aird & Point of Sleat, probable migrants (RMcM) & four at Harrapool support that view (NB)
6th Oct 2018 Merlin View Image single chasing Pipits at Torrin Pools (G.Hodgson)
5th Oct 2018 Brent Goose View Image 11 in Broadford Bay this morning which left, then another 20 arrived (MB)(see Gallery)
5th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 7 south over Drumfearn (PK)
5th Oct 2018 Pink-footed Goose View Image single with Greylags at Dunvegan (AS)
5th Oct 2018 Canada Goose View Image single with Greylags at Treaslane (M.Brown)
5th Oct 2018 Hen Harrier View Image male seen flying from Scalpay to hunt on Raasay (J.England)
4th Oct 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image 8 south over Portree (NB)
4th Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image single on Loch Long, Lochalsh (PS)
4th Oct 2018 Arctic Tern View Image late bird in Loch Snizort from the ferry (RMcM)
4th Oct 2018 Leach’s Storm Petrel single in Loch Snizort s/e of Ascribs from the ferry (AS)
4th Oct 2018 Grey Phalarope View Image single off Waternish Point from the ferry (AS)
3rd Oct 2018 Sooty Shearwater View Image single from Uig-Lochmaddy ferry and a Manx Shearwater (RMcM)
3rd Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image three over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
3rd Oct 2018 Grey Plover View Image single at Waterloo, Broadford (NB)
2nd Oct 2018 Arctic Skua View Image single pale phase bird in Sound of Raasay (RMcM)
2nd Oct 2018 Whooper Swan View Image three south at Loch Greshornish (JMck)
2nd Oct 2018 Viking Gull a ‘Glaucous Gull’ was reported again at Portree today (JDJ,NB) - photographs were obtained today which confirmed the bird is a hybrid between Glaucous/Herring Gull know as a Viking Gull - thanks to Peter Stronach the Recorder
1st Oct 2018 Wheatear View Image straggler near the pier on Eigg (JC)
1st Oct 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image single still in Broadford Bay (NB)
1st Oct 2018 Whoopers Swan 11 south at Loch Pooltiel (AS)
1st Oct 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image single on Ardnish, Broadford (P.O.-W)
30th Sep 2018 Manx Shearwater View Image a paper has just been published in the Ibis journal on the problems of Manx Shearwaters being grounded by ambient light in the west coast of Scotland particularly in the Mallaig area see - https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12594
30th Sep 2018 Gannet several hundred in the Sound of Raasay moving south to north, with a high percentage of juveniles (RMcM)
30th Sep 2018 Pintail four juveniles in the Sound of Raasay going north, and a single Brent Goose moving south (RMcM)
29th Sep 2018 Whooper Swan View Image two on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (DFMacd)
29th Sep 2018 Mistle Thrush View Image 25 on the Heaste Road, nr Broadford (NB)
29th Sep 2018 Barn Owl View Image single at Blackhill, Edinbane (CR)
28th Sep 2018 Chiffchaff single still at The Lodge, Eigg (JC)
28th Sep 2018 Brent Goose View Image c20 flew from Broadford Bay towards Scalpay Narrows (NB)
28th Sep 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Loch Portree (NB)
28th Sep 2018 Common Scoter 20 in Broadford Bay + two Tufted Duck (NB)
28th Sep 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image single in Broadford Bay + 25 Turnstone (NB)
27th Sep 2018 Scaup 11 in Broadford Bay & three Long-tailed Duck (SW)
27th Sep 2018 Whooper Swan View Image single over Ashaig, Broadford (A&EH)
27th Sep 2018 Wheatear View Image straggler near the pier on Eigg (JC)
27th Sep 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image another report from Ose (CM)
27th Sep 2018 Chiffchaff another report, from Kinloch, Sleat (SW)
27th Sep 2018 Pink-footed Goose View Image 150 s/e at Kinloch, Sleat (SW)
27th Sep 2018 Redwing View Image 6 at Breakish Obbe (NH)
26th Sep 2018 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Earlish yesterday (A.Lockhart) & male at Glen Eynort today (C.Bird) and another Loch Cillchroisd (S.Wood)
26th Sep 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image single in Broadford Bay (NB)
26th Sep 2018 Brent Goose View Image still a single in Broadford Bay + a single Pink-footed Goose with Greylags (S.Wood, NB)
26th Sep 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
26th Sep 2018 Arctic Skua View Image single dark morph bird in Loch Ainort off Luib (Micky)
25th Sep 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image 2nd cy bird again at Bayfield, Portree (JDJ)
25th Sep 2018 Velvet Scoter four off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
24th Sep 2018 Chiffchaff singing (!) birds reported today at Kinloch, Rum (SM), and at Portree (TH)...must think it’s spring
24th Sep 2018 Brent Goose View Image single bird at Broadford Bay (NB)
23rd Sep 2018 Pomarine Skua View Image single north in the Sound of Raasay from outer Loch Portree (NB)
23rd Sep 2018 Eider 50 in the Kyle at Kyleakin (A&EH)
23rd Sep 2018 Pink-footed Goose View Image still moving through over Portree last night after dark (JDJ) and small skeins south through Broadford today (P.O.-W); 140 over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
22nd Sep 2018 Great Skua View Image five in Outer Loch Snizort from the ferry & 350 Kittiwakes (RMcM)
22nd Sep 2018 Manx Shearwater View Image two in Broadford Bay & a Great Northern Diver (NB)
22nd Sep 2018 Hen Harrier View Image male on the Heaste road (T.Donaldson) and also at Elgol (IMacK)
22nd Sep 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Ose (P.Meany)
21st Sep 2018 Pink-footed Goose View Image still pushing through with c500 s/e over Broadford in several skeins this morning (RMcM,NB); small skein s/e through Portnalong (ST); 540 south in 6 skeins at Staffin in an hour early morning (K.Mudd); at Broadford Bay early evening three skeins (150) s/e (NB) & 250 over Portree (JDJ)
21st Sep 2018 Goosander View Image 18 at Waterloo, Broadford (RMcM)
21st Sep 2018 Chiffchaff single in the Lodge orchard, Eigg (JC)
21st Sep 2018 Sanderling View Image four at Kilmory, Rum (SM) and two at Broadford Bay (NB)
21st Sep 2018 Whimbrel View Image long stayer still at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
21st Sep 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Loch Portree (JDJ)
21st Sep 2018 Arctic Skua View Image two south high over Broadford with a possible Pom (NB)
21st Sep 2018 Whooper Swan View Image three south over Portree at dusk (JDJ) - the 1st of the autumn
20th Sep 2018 Grey Phalarope View Image single reported from MV Sheerwater a mile north of Eigg this afternoon (R.Dyer) (see Gallery)
20th Sep 2018 Sabine’s Gull adult south at Duntulm + 9 Manx Shearwater (JDJ)
20th Sep 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image two south at Duntulm (JDJ) and single in Sound of Raasay (RMcM)
20th Sep 2018 Pink-footed Goose View Image five south at Duntulm in morning (JDJ); in evening 100 s/e over Kyleakin at 1815, then 150 south over Broadford at 1900 & 40 more at 1930 (RMcM); six skeins totalling 480 over Portree between 1915-2000 (NB, JDJ); at 2100 and in darkness skeins heard over Drumfearn (PK) and Uig (HM); 57 over Morar at 1845 (SMacD)
20th Sep 2018 Arctic Skua View Image dark morph north through the Narrows of Raasay & two Great Skua (RMcM)
20th Sep 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single juvenile at Broadford Bay (RMcM)
20th Sep 2018 Brent Goose View Image 12 in Broadford Bay (NB)
19th Sep 2018 Sooty Shearwater View Image in 4 hour seawatch at Camas Mor, Bornesketaig - two Sooties went N/east & two Manx Shearwater went s/West (RMcM)
19th Sep 2018 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 30 flew s/east at Bornesketaig (K.Mudd)
19th Sep 2018 Brent Goose View Image single adult at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
19th Sep 2018 Wheatear View Image straggler at Kinloch Glen, Rum (SM)
19th Sep 2018 Hen Harrier View Image males reported near Ord (E.Lenthall) and from the Struan-Portree hill road (LM)
18th Sep 2018 Barn Owl View Image single in early morning at Heaste (D.Rose)
18th Sep 2018 Small Gull a small Gull found at Bayfield, Portree, early morning (NB) was thought to have been a Bonaparte’s but on reviewing the images is missing some key features - maybe a hybrid - but hopefully it will turn up again and more images can be taken.
18th Sep 2018 Manx Shearwater View Image still good numbers being grounded at Broadford and returned to sea (MB) (see Gallery)
18th Sep 2018 Magpie north end bird still around and back at Elishadder (E.Cusack)
18th Sep 2018 Brent Goose View Image 13 in Broadford Bay late afternoon then 36 arrived (MB)
18th Sep 2018 Sanderling View Image 8 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
17th Sep 2018 Leach’s Storm Petrel single within Skye waters from the Uig-Stornoway ferry (MW)
17th Sep 2018 Wheatear View Image straggler at Kilmory, Rum (SM) - lingering Whimbrel still there
17th Sep 2018 Long-eared Owl View Image single at Drumfearn, Sleat (PK)

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