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
22nd May 2017 Corncrake View Image two calling birds now reported in the Morar area (MP)
21st May 2017 Canada Goose View Image interesting behaviour where a bird at the River Snizort is associating with a female Mallard and her brood (GF)
20th May 2017 Golden Oriole a bird was reported by locals on Canna yesterday
19th May 2017 Corncrake View Image there are currently ten calling birds on the island but new birds are still arriving - see the blog from Shelagh Parlane for details of the 2017 survey.
18th May 2017 Garden Warbler singing bird at Carr Brae, Dornie (BN) - and singing bird still at Armadale (MB, RMcM) (see Gallery)
17th May 2017 Mandarin drake in Broadford Bay associating with Mallards early evening (perMB) - this would only be the 2nd record for Skye
17th May 2017 Arctic Skua View Image five north at Bornesketaig (RMcM)
17th May 2017 Great Skua View Image three at Bornesketaig (RMcM) and a single flew south-west overland at Broadford early morning (M.Williams)
17th May 2017 Whimbrel View Image 9 at Staffin Bay & 51 Ringed Plover and 17 Dunlin (MP)
16th May 2017 Garden Warbler singing bird at Armadale, Sleat (RMcM) (see Blog & Gallery)
16th May 2017 Breeding Bird Survey BBS is organised by the BTO and there are opportunities for volunteers in several localities on Skye - see Blog
16th May 2017 Spotted Flycatcher View Image single in woodland at Armadale (RMcM)
15th May 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image a late single on Ardnish, Broadford and a Grey Plover (RMcM)
15th May 2017 Whimbrel View Image 16 at Broadford Bay (see Gallery) & a Bar-tailed Godwit (RMcM)
15th May 2017 Long-eared Owl View Image young calling at a nest site in Morar (SMacD)
15th May 2017 Corncrake View Image outwith normal range bird still calling in Morar (SMacD)
14th May 2017 House Martin View Image two around sea cliffs at Lower Milovaig (AS); also at Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie (JS)
14th May 2017 Whimbrel View Image 16 at Loch na Dal, Kinloch (RMcM)
14th May 2017 Canada Goose View Image single on Loch Dunvegan and a pair on Loch na Dal, Kinloch (RMcM)
13th May 2017 Great Skua View Image 5 birds following fishing boat in Loch Reraig (M.Bliss)
12th May 2017 House Martin View Image arrivals very slow - pair back at Harrapool site (NB)
11th May 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 26 at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (RD)
11th May 2017 Corncrake View Image outwith normal area, one calling near Traigh (SMacD)
11th May 2017 Arctic Tern View Image possibly 10 pairs occupying the old jetty at Suisnish, Raasay (P.Sp)
10th May 2017 Common Crossbill View Image three in forestry near Balmeanach, Caroy (RMcM)
10th May 2017 Arctic Tern View Image 35 on Loch Eishort at Heaste + 2 Common Terns (NB)
9th May 2017 Whimbrel View Image single at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM) and three at Waterloo, Broadford (RMcM)
9th May 2017 Golden Plover 19 on Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W)
8th May 2017 Common Tern View Image 8 at Gedintailor (JDJ)
7th May 2017 Yellowhammer two territorial birds at Duirinish (RMcM) (see Gallery)
7th May 2017 Common Tern View Image two at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
6th May 2017 Red-throated Diver View Image 10 at Loch Ainort (RMcM)
6th May 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 3 in Loch Ainort and 2 Black-throated Diver (NB)
6th May 2017 Arctic Tern View Image 5 in Loch Ainort (NB)
6th May 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image single between Glas Ben Mhor and Belig in the Red Cuillin (J.Wildgoose)
5th May 2017 Great Skua View Image two at Watenish Point (JDJ)
5th May 2017 Whimbrel View Image four at Waterloo (RMcM)
5th May 2017 Nuthatch recorded on 'trail camera' at feeders Isleornsay at 0600 (R&PCottis)
4th May 2017 Whinchat View Image singing males at Scullamus, Broadford and the Black Lochs (RMcM)
4th May 2017 Whooper Swan View Image still four at Loch Suardal (JDJ)
4th May 2017 Nuthatch single visiting feeders at Isleornsay late afternoon (Pat Cottis)
3rd May 2017 Whinchat View Image female at Scullamus, Broadford (RMcM) & single at Hallin, Waternish (R.Whyte)
3rd May 2017 Common Redstart singing bird at Nonach, Dornie (PSp)
3rd May 2017 Grasshopper Warbler first report from Lochalsh with a reeling bird at Nonach, Dornie (PSp) - also Sedge Warbler & Whitethroat
3rd May 2017 Wood Warbler calling bird at Duisdale, Sleat (RMcM)
3rd May 2017 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image three at the head of Loch Caroy (MS)
3rd May 2017 Arctic Tern View Image single off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
3rd May 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image pair on The Storr (MP)
3rd May 2017 Wheatear View Image 6 at Hallin, Waternish (R.Whyte)
2nd May 2017 Grasshopper Warbler reeling birds Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (ST) and at Lower Breakish (NH) and at Portree (TH)
2nd May 2017 Tree Sparrow three at feeders Kinloch, Rum (SM)
2nd May 2017 Wood Warbler singing bird at Kinloch, Rum - also a Whitethroat (SM)
2nd May 2017 Sedge Warbler View Image two singing birds Broadford (NB)
1st May 2017 Whimbrel View Image 7 on Sconser golf course (RMcM)
1st May 2017 Arctic Tern View Image three in outer Loch Snizort from the ferry (RMcM)
1st May 2017 Sedge Warbler View Image singing bird Kilmuir is 1st report (JDJ)
1st May 2017 Whitethroat View Image 1st report of singing male at Broadford (MB)
1st May 2017 Magpie north end bird still at Ellishadder
1st May 2017 Grasshopper Warbler reeling birds at Kilmory, Rum (SM) and Ullinish (GL)
1st May 2017 Corncrake View Image calling bird reported Waternish (perSP)
30th Apr 2017 Tree Pipit View Image at least 4 territories occupied in Ord area (RMcM)
30th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image singing males at Kinloch, Rum (SM) and the walled garden at Applecross (JB)
30th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image late straggler on golf course at Lochcarron (JB)
30th Apr 2017 Turnstone 80 in Applecross Bay (JB)
30th Apr 2017 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Ullinish (PS)
29th Apr 2017 Mute Swan View Image still four juveniles at the head of Loch Harport (RMcM)
29th Apr 2017 White-tailed Eagle View Image lots of arial activity in good winds today with three sub-adults at the head of Loch Harport and four near Caroy (RMcM) (see Gallery)
29th Apr 2017 Great White Egret from photographs taken of the bird found in Broadford Bay on the 16th by Martin Benson, it appears the bird was ringed at a nest at Lukimiskoe Lake in Belarus in 2012!! - see map in Gallery
28th Apr 2017 Tern sp 'comic' tern reported back at Loch Treaslane (DFMac)
28th Apr 2017 Grasshopper Warbler two reeling birds at Broadford (NB) & one at Cuagach, Eigg (G.Gibson)
28th Apr 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 11 at Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W) and a single in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
28th Apr 2017 Golden Plover 15 on Ardnish (PO-W)
28th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image 6 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
28th Apr 2017 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single in Broadford Bay (MB)
27th Apr 2017 Cuckoo though still relatively thin on the ground now receiving widespread reports from Skye, and from Lochlonghead, Lochalsh (PS) and Dornie (JS)
27th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image three at Uiginish, Dunvegan (C.Matheson)
27th Apr 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image two in Broadford Bay with Greylags (RMcM)
27th Apr 2017 Jack Snipe View Image single flushed at community woodland Glen Hinnisdal (J.Lawson)
26th Apr 2017 Twite View Image up to 7 visiting feeders at Upper Halistra, Waternish (CM) and at Caroy (M.Sellors)
26th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image 6 at Ardmore Bay, Waternish (RMcM)
26th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image still 6 at Loch Suardal (RMcM)
26th Apr 2017 Swallow single at Lochlonghead and a Common Sandpiper are first reports from Lochalsh (PS)
26th Apr 2017 Whinchat View Image single at Portree Industrial Estate is first report of the year (H.Hillier)
26th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff two in Tote forest (CH)
25th Apr 2017 Tree Pipit View Image singing bird at Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BN) + Blackcap & Cuckoo
25th Apr 2017 Brent Goose View Image 5 pale bellied at Loch Portree (JDJ)
25th Apr 2017 Linnet still 60+ at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM) (see Gallery)
25th Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image three north at Neist Point (J.Walker)
24th Apr 2017 Linnet cold weather forcing passerines back into flocks with 70+ at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM)
24th Apr 2017 Marsh Harrier another scarce west coast record with a female at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
24th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image 13 at Traigh Golf Course (SMacD)

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