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
25th Nov 2014 Blackcap View Image more reports with pair at feeders Kyleakin (AH) & male at Staffin (MP)
25th Nov 2014 Jay getting ever closer with report from Achintraid, Loch Kishorn (MP)
23rd Nov 2014 Blackcap View Image female at Miller's Cottage, Eigg (JC)
23rd Nov 2014 Merlin View Image single at Waterstein (AS)
22nd Nov 2014 Woodcock single in Kyleakin Forest (A&EH)
22nd Nov 2014 Slavonian Grebe 5 on Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD)
22nd Nov 2014 Brambling View Image single near Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
21st Nov 2014 Firecrest further report of bird at Totscore for the last week (B.Bailey)
21st Nov 2014 Grey Plover View Image single on Ardnish (EH)
20th Nov 2014 Moorhen two, including a juvenile, at Loch Suardal (R.Arnold)
20th Nov 2014 Tawny Owl a bird at Lower Milovaig is the 1st recent report from this area (AS)
20th Nov 2014 Barn Owl View Image single hunting all over Neist Point (AS)
19th Nov 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird in Mallaig Harbour + 38 Turnstone (SMacD)
18th Nov 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird in Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC)
18th Nov 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 9 in Loch Suardal (PS)
18th Nov 2014 Snow Bunting View Image 5 near Loch Connan forestry (PE)
18th Nov 2014 Long-eared Owl View Image 4 in forestry plantation on Eigg at dusk (JC)
17th Nov 2014 Firecrest one reported with two Goldcrests at Totscore, Trotternish & remained throughout the day (A.Mason)
17th Nov 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 4 at Lochlonghead (PS)
17th Nov 2014 Magpie long staying bird now at Herbusta (N.Macleod)
17th Nov 2014 Long-tailed Duck View Image pair on the south side of Loch Kishorn (M.Bliss)
16th Nov 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 in Loch Scavaig at Camasunary (MK)
15th Nov 2014 Redwing View Image c35 in the Fairy Glen, Uig (A.Mason)
15th Nov 2014 Fieldfare View Image 60+ at Beinn Tianavaig, with some Redwing (MK)
14th Nov 2014 Blackcap View Image males at Lower Milovaig (AS) and on feeders at Portnalong (W.Brown)
14th Nov 2014 Hen Harrier View Image several recent reports including two at Uigshader/Peiness (JK, CR), Elgol (MK), Ullinish (PS) & three at Trotternish roost (RMcM)
13th Nov 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 7 on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (A.Mason)
13th Nov 2014 Common Scoter 4 on Loch Dunvegan at Claigan (A.Mason)
12th Nov 2014 Mediterranean Gull a single at the head of Loch Sligachan and two at Loch Portree (RMcM)
12th Nov 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 11 on Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD) and 3 on Loch Fada(RMcM)
12th Nov 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image c90 on Staffin Island (RMcM)
12th Nov 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose only 16 in the Kilmuir, Trotternish flock (RMcM)
12th Nov 2014 Redwing View Image c60 at Borneskitaig, Trotternish(RMcM)
12th Nov 2014 Slavonian Grebe 7 at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD)
11th Nov 2014 Kestrel good numbers about, reflecting a good vole year, with 8 between the Fairy Pool & Carbost (A.Mason)
11th Nov 2014 Short-eared Owl View Image three at Roag at dusk (M.Forsyth)
10th Nov 2014 Mediterranean Gull still a single first winter bird at Loch Portree (TB)
10th Nov 2014 Common Gull excellent count of 650 at Loch Portree & still three Lesser Black-backs (TB)
10th Nov 2014 Purple Sandpiper View Image single in the Sound of Raasay yesterday (T.Hodgetts) and one today on Sgeir Chnapach nr Holoman Bay (RMcM et al) - both from MV Brigadoon.
10th Nov 2014 Humpback Whale still showing extremely well in the Sound of Raasay (PE et al from MV Brigadoon) (see Cetacean Gallery)
10th Nov 2014 Redwing View Image 30 at Uig (A.Mason) & 25 at Glen Brittle (PS)
10th Nov 2014 Woodcock single by the roadside near Kyle at dawn (D.Pierce)
10th Nov 2014 Jack Snipe View Image single at Kirkton Bay, Lochalsh (BN)
9th Nov 2014 Humpback Whale still showing in the Sound of Raasay (RMcM), viewed from The Aird as well as from the shoulder of Ben Tianavaig (L&JP) (see Cetacean Gallery) + two Minke Whale
9th Nov 2014 Pomarine Skua View Image single harassing Kittiwakes in the Sound of Raasay (RMcM)
9th Nov 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image still four at Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
9th Nov 2014 Common Scoter two off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
9th Nov 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image 5 at Totscore, Kilmuir (A.Mason)
9th Nov 2014 Slavonian Grebe single at Port nan Eorna (BN)
8th Nov 2014 Brambling View Image single on feeders at Plockton (J.Storie)
8th Nov 2014 Jack Snipe View Image single on Glas Eilean, Broadford Bay + a nearby Knot (MB)
7th Nov 2014 Woodcock three at Portnalong (ST); also three in the Milovaig area (AS)
7th Nov 2014 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter at Camus Mor, Gedintailor (AS)
6th Nov 2014 Barn Owl View Image single at Eynort (C.MacDonald)
6th Nov 2014 Snow Bunting View Image single also reported at Inverarish, Raasay (per SB)
5th Nov 2014 Snow Bunting View Image single at Staffin Slip (C.Alston)
4th Nov 2014 Pomarine Skua View Image 4 off Waternish Point from the ferry (S.Duffield & 4+heading north in the Narrows of Raasay (D.Pullan)
4th Nov 2014 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in Broadford Bay (S.Duffield)
4th Nov 2014 Mediterranean Gull two in Broadford Bay (MB)
4th Nov 2014 Little Auk 3 heading north in the Narrows of Raasay (D.Pullan)
3rd Nov 2014 Waxwing View Image 1st report of the autumn with 12 over Lower Milovaig (AS)
3rd Nov 2014 Redwing View Image 40 at Home Farm, Portree (TB)
2nd Nov 2014 Mediterranean Gull as well as single birds still in Broadford Bay and Loch Ainort, three 1st winter birds were found in Loch Sligachan and a further single in Loch Portree (MB,RMcM)(see Gallery)
2nd Nov 2014 Black-headed Gull probably c1000 in number, combined totals from Lochs Portree, Sligachan & Ainort (MB,RMcM) ( a normal winter count from this area would be 50-100 birds)
2nd Nov 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image 14 at Loch Sligachan & 12 at Loch Portree (MB,RMcM)
2nd Nov 2014 Common Scoter 5 in Broadford Bay (MB)
2nd Nov 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 8 south through the Narrows of Raasay (P.Dark)
1st Nov 2014 Mediterranean Gull another single at Waterloo, and a further sub-adult at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM). Further 1st winter bird found on Rum which will be the first island record (S.Morris). This is a species which has been expanding its wintering range so the large numbers of gulls in the area are well worth picking through.
1st Nov 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird in Broadford Bay (MB)
31st Oct 2014 Blackcap View Image male at feeders Portnalong (ST)
30th Oct 2014 Corncrake View Image please see the blog for an update on the season from Shelagh Parlane
30th Oct 2014 Fieldfare View Image large mixed flock of Fieldfare/Redwing reported Portnalong (ST)
30th Oct 2014 Swallow still a late straggler on Eigg (JC)
30th Oct 2014 Eider now 100 at Kylekin (H.Scott)
30th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 9 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (P.Semler)
30th Oct 2014 Short-eared Owl View Image 3 at Ullinish at dusk (P.Semler)
29th Oct 2014 Redwing View Image 200 at Kyleakin (A&EH) and 70 at Lower Breakish (RMcM)
29th Oct 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Pabay Sound & 3 Red-throated Divers (RMcM)
29th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 12 on the sea in Pabay Sound (RMcM); 3 on Loch Druagrich, Struan (MH)
29th Oct 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose 6 and a single Barnacle Goose landed on Pabay (RMcM)
29th Oct 2014 Merlin View Image male at Struan (MH)
28th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 28 south over Broadford early morning, 18 south over Scalpay midday, then 13 s/west from Broadford mid afternoon (RMcM); also 7 on Ardnish (EH); 21 over Eigg (JC)
28th Oct 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image single on Kyleakin Obbe (AH) and also regular at Waterloo
28th Oct 2014 Blackcap View Image male at Bayfield, Portree (J.Maughan)
28th Oct 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Scalpay Narrows (RMcM)
28th Oct 2014 Redwing View Image c60 at Sconser (RMcM) (see Gallery); 220 over Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
28th Oct 2014 Black-headed Gull good numbers with 35 at Waterloo, 53 at Scalpay Narrows, 25 at the head of Loch Ainort and 50 at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
28th Oct 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image still 15 at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
28th Oct 2014 Redshank exceptional count of 80 on Ardnish, Broadford (EH)
28th Oct 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image single with Greylags on Ardnish, Broadford (EH)
28th Oct 2014 Teal View Image 40 on Ardnish, Broadford (EH)
28th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image late straggler on Ardnish, Broadford (EH)
28th Oct 2014 Raptors ringtail Hen Harrier at Borve and pairs of Peregrine and Golden Eagle over Uig (ML) - clearly enjoying the sunshine
28th Oct 2014 Slavonian Grebe two in Broadford Bay (RMcM,JP)
28th Oct 2014 Chiffchaff one at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
28th Oct 2014 Long-eared Owl View Image single in the forestry on Eigg (JC)
27th Oct 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose two skeins numbering 33 & 27 south-west through Broadford Bay (MB,RMcM)
27th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 14 on Loch Cillchroisd & 5 at Waterloo (RMcM) (probably the same family group at Breakish earlier (JP)); 7 over Plock of Kyle (AH); 4 sheltering at the head of Loch Eynort (C.MacDonald)
27th Oct 2014 Little Gull View Image adult at Broadford Bay at mouth of river (MB)

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