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
30th Sep 2014 Arctic Skua View Image two in the sound of Raasay from MV Brigadoon (PE)
29th Sep 2014 Wheatear View Image single near Dunvegan (per RMcM)
29th Sep 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image still 25 at Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
29th Sep 2014 Goosander View Image 12 on Loch Beag, Struan (RMcM)
29th Sep 2014 Lapwing 91 at Feorlig is an exceptional flock for Skye (RMcM)
29th Sep 2014 Golden Plover 15 at Ashaig (RMcM)
29th Sep 2014 Brent Goose View Image 8 in Loch Portree (TB)
29th Sep 2014 Goldfinch c60 at Ebost West (MP)
29th Sep 2014 Buzzard excellent conditions for soaring birds with 12 between Crossal and Struan(MP)
28th Sep 2014 Brent Goose View Image still 4 at Waterloo, Broadford Bay (MB)
28th Sep 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image solitary bird circled Broadford Bay (RMcM)
28th Sep 2014 Shoveler still a single in Uig Bay (ML)
28th Sep 2014 Twite View Image 40+ at Kilmaluag (TB)
28th Sep 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two at Broadford Bay (MB)
28th Sep 2014 Manx Shearwater View Image birds 'grounded' overnight Broadford (MB)(see Gallery) - if you find birds keep them in a box overnight and then release to the sea.
27th Sep 2014 Brent Goose View Image 28 in Broadford Bay including several colour ringed birds (MB)
27th Sep 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image three in Broadford Bay (MB)
27th Sep 2014 Redshank 40 in Broadford Bay + a Sanderling(MB)
26th Sep 2014 Grey Plover View Image 10 on Ardnish + 4 Knot (EH)
26th Sep 2014 Brent Goose View Image 20 on Ardnish + 30 Red-breasted Mergander (EH)
26th Sep 2014 Starling large flock of 300+ on Ardnish (EH)
26th Sep 2014 Peregrine Falcon another pair reported, Glen Sligachan this time (TB)
25th Sep 2014 Peregrine Falcon pair near Uig (ML)
23rd Sep 2014 Little Grebe View Image exceptional count of 14 on the high tide at Lochlonghead + 11 Goosander (PS)
22nd Sep 2014 Woodcock a single at Eynort is the first report of the autumn (K.Sadler)
21st Sep 2014 Shoveler eclipse male in Uig Bay (ML)
21st Sep 2014 Stonechat View Image 20+ at Milovaig suggests migrants moving through (AS)
21st Sep 2014 Merlin View Image single at Talisker Bay + a pair of Golden Eagle (T.Bunday)
20th Sep 2014 Sanderling View Image two at Broadford Bay + c100 Ringed Plover & 60 Dunlin (A&EH,RMcM)
20th Sep 2014 Hen Harrier View Image an adult and a juvenile at Uigshader (JK) and a ringtail reported from the nearby Hill Road (MSellors)
20th Sep 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image several skeins moving south over Braes (C.Atkins), and over Lochlonghead (PS)
20th Sep 2014 Teal View Image 8 at Kyleakin Obbe + a Grey Wagtail (HS)
20th Sep 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 4 flying south at Breakish (P&RD)
20th Sep 2014 Ring Ouzel View Image exceptional count of c20 on Beinn Fhada, Kintail (RA)
20th Sep 2014 Twite View Image c15 on Beinn Fhada, Kintail (RA)
20th Sep 2014 Ptarmigan View Image 5 on Beinn Fhada, Kintail (RA)(see Gallery)
18th Sep 2014 Knot 13 flew west at Ashaig & later at Harrapool (RMcM)
18th Sep 2014 Brent Goose View Image c80 flying south at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
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)
10th Sep 2014 Sabine's Gull juvenile with Kittiwakes in outer Loch Snizort from the ferry (KDShaw)
10th Sep 2014 Arctic Skua View Image 8 chasing gulls in outer Loch Snizort from the ferry (KDShaw)
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)

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