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
19th Aug 2018 Sabine’s Gull single reported from boat trip Loch Bracadale (S.Hopper)
18th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image three dark morph birds at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
18th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 21 Broadford Bay (NB)
18th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image following yesterday’s heavy passage just a single juvenile in Broadford Bay (MB); 13 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
18th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 10 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
17th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image groups of 20 and 34 south through Broadford Bay this morning, then 170 in two groups in afternoon, and 34 then 27 mainly juveniles, & pushing south despite driving wind & rain (RMcM). Total for the day - 285! Group of 34 probably flew over Drumfearn (PK)
17th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 25+ in Breakish Obbe in morning (NH); 32 flew south from Broadford Bay in 4 groups late afternoon (NB,MB,RMcM)
17th Aug 2018 Redshank c100 flew south from Broadford Bay (RMcM)
17th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 12+ in Broadford Bay (NB, RMcM)
16th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image three dark morph birds at Ashaig, Broadford (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Great Skua View Image four off Camas Mor, Bornesketaig (RMcM) & four at Ashaig (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Basking Shark single off Camas Mor, Bornesketaig (RMcM)
16th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 10, in two groups of 5 flew into Broadford Bay (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image single off Irishman’s Point, Broadford Bay (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Peregrine View Image female provisioning food to a fledged youngster at Kilmuir ( RMcM)
16th Aug 2018 Redshank 50+ Harrapool ((A&EH) & 100+ Breakish Obbe in evening (NH)
16th Aug 2018 Common Sandpiper View Image still three in Harrapool (A&EH) & two at Irishman’s Point (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Twite View Image 100+ at Harrapool (A&EH)
15th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 18 on Ardnish + 9 Bar-tailed Godwit & 6 Whimbrel (RMcM)
15th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image four off Ashaig, Broadford, two dark & two pale phase, possibly different from yesterday's birds (RMcM)
15th Aug 2018 Sandwich Tern View Image two at mouth of Broadford River (NB)
14th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image three at Ashaig (RMcM) and three in Broadford Bay (NB)
14th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image five in Broadford Bay - 4 dark & a pale morph ((NB)
14th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image five in Broadford Bay (MB)
13th Aug 2018 Knot 42 in two groups south over Broadford Bay (NB)
12th Aug 2018 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 41 in moulting flock at head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
12th Aug 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 2ndCY bird still at Portree (JDJ)
11th Aug 2018 Tree Pipit View Image single over Drumfearn flying south (PK); 3 Spotted Flycatchers at Scullamus (RMcM): - both garden 1sts - lots of migrants on the move
11th Aug 2018 Goosander View Image 20 at the head of Loch Sligachan (NB)
11th Aug 2018 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Broadford still (D.Inglis)
11th Aug 2018 Red-legged Partridge View Image bird seen crossing road at Kyleakin (P.Thornely)
11th Aug 2018 White Wagtail View Image two at Lower Milovaig + four leucorhoa type Wheatears (AS) (see Gallery)
10th Aug 2018 Hen Harrier View Image please see the blog for a breakdown of harriers in Skye & Lochalsh in 2018
10th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image group of 10 on Ardnish, Broadford (P.O.-W)
10th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image five left Breakish Obbe in morning (NH)
10th Aug 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Balmacquien (AC)
9th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 85 flew south from Broadford Bay early morning (MB); 8 at Ashaig, Broadford later (RMcM), then 43 Broadford Bay late afternoon (NB)
9th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 20 in Broadford Bay & 4 at Ashaig; 150 Ringed Plover between the two sites (RMcM)
9th Aug 2018 Common Tern View Image 120 in Broadford Bay + two Arctic Tern (NB) (see Gallery)
8th Aug 2018 Long-tailed Skua adult this morning from the Uig-Lochmaddy ferry in Skye waters (SD)
8th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image two dark morph off Ashaig, Broadford + 6 Great Skua (RMcM)
8th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image four at Broadford Bay (NB)
8th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 29 at Traigh Farm, Morar (SMacD)
8th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image still 12 in Broadford Bay (RMcM) & 10 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
8th Aug 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image injured bird found in garden at Uig (per SG)
7th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 9 at Broadford Bay in early evening + 16 Sanderling & a single Knot (MB)
7th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 15 Breakish Obbe in morning (NH)
7th Aug 2018 Rosy Starling bird apparently still at Geary - image posted on Bird Forum
6th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 25 flew sw from Breakish Obbe early morning (NB); four in Broadford Bay (NB) & three at Ashaig later (RMcM)
6th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 8 in a Broadford Bay in morning (MB); two over Brogaig, Staffin (DB)
6th Aug 2018 Cuckoo juvenile near Drinan, Strathaird (MB,RMcM)
6th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 41 in Broadford Bay (NB) is a good count here; four at Duntulm (DB)
5th Aug 2018 Red-necked Phalarope View Image see the Blog for a 2016 report of an interesting RNP record on Skye
5th Aug 2018 Sooty Shearwater View Image single from the Small Isles ferry in the Sound of Sleat (SM)
5th Aug 2018 Storm Petrel single on the Small Isles ferry between Rum & Canna & 10 Basking Sharks (SM)
5th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image five Breakish Obbe (NH) & 15 in Broadford Bay (MB)
5th Aug 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 2cy bird still in Portree harbour (NB)
4th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 11 at Broadford Bay (RMcM)
4th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 15 on Ardnish, Broadford, in afternoon (DB) with 7 on Breakish Obbe later (NH)
4th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 24 came in off the sea at Ardnish, Broadford, in afternoon (DB)
4th Aug 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image single flushed on Ardnish, Broadford (DB)
4th Aug 2018 Cuckoo late juvenile at Kildonan Glen, Eigg (JC)
3rd Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image two dark morph birds in Broadford Bay in morning (MB)
3rd Aug 2018 Magpie north end bird now seems to have taken up residence at Dun Flodigarry Hostel (NS-M)
3rd Aug 2018 Dunlin View Image 320+ in Broadford Bay in morning increasing to 515 early evening, which is very near a peak count for the area (MB)
3rd Aug 2018 Basking Shark 5 off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
3rd Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image four with 25 Dunlin at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM); 85 at Laing Bay, Eigg (JC)
3rd Aug 2018 Grasshopper Warbler still reeling bird at Portree (NB)
2nd Aug 2018 Greenshank 9 at Loch Portree (NB)
2nd Aug 2018 Swift single over Staffin Bay again this morning (DB)
2nd Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image good numbers passing through Broadford Bay early - 130 in two hours (MB) (see Gallery)
2nd Aug 2018 Redshank 70 in Broadford Bay (MB) & 54 in Breakish Obbe (NH)
2nd Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 18 in Broadford Bay + 8 Knot (MB); also 15 Black-tails at the head of Loch Dunvegan (LS)
2nd Aug 2018 Grasshopper Warbler still two reeling birds at Tote (CH)
2nd Aug 2018 Oystercatcher 256 in Broadford Bay (NH)
2nd Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image three off Bornesketaig, two dark morph and one pale (MP)
2nd Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image four at Camus Mor, Bornesketaig (MP)
2nd Aug 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image bird at the head of Loch Ainort (NB) - probably the same bird recently at Ard Dorch
1st Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 17 in Broadford Bay in morning (RMcM) (see Gallery); probably a different flock of 14 later (MB,NB); in late afternoon 150 Broadford Bay (NB,RMcM) & 86 at Breakish Obbe then 150 later (NH) - overall totals 250-300
1st Aug 2018 Knot flock of 10 at Broadford Bay early morning (RMcM) (see Gallery); probably a different flock of 15 later (MB,NB); then 8 late afternoon (NB, RMcM)
1st Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image max count of 27 in Broadford Bay early morning (RMcM) ; 19 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
1st Aug 2018 Swift single still in Staffin Bay (DB)
31st Jul 2018 Great Skua View Image 6 over Breakish Obbe (NH)
31st Jul 2018 Little Stint View Image adult with Dunlin in Broadford Bay (NB)
31st Jul 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image flock of 21 dropped in to Broadford Bay mid afternoon (NB, RMcM) - same group were later in Breakish Obbe (NH,JP)
31st Jul 2018 Greenshank 7 in Breakish Obbe & 6 Whimbrel (NH)
30th Jul 2018 Arctic Skua View Image single dark morph at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
30th Jul 2018 Swift single over Staffin slip (DB)
30th Jul 2018 Little Tern View Image still five on Staffin Island & two Black-tailed Godwit (DB)
30th Jul 2018 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail through Broadford Bay tonight looks like a recently fledged bird (MB)
29th Jul 2018 Whimbrel View Image 10 at Waterloo, Broadford in morning (RMcM); 15 flew south from Broadford Bay early afternoon (MB) & a single at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM); at least 5 still present at high tide Broadford Bay (RMcM)
29th Jul 2018 Little Tern View Image 7 in Staffin Bay (DB)
29th Jul 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image five on Staffin Island (DB)
29th Jul 2018 Whinchat View Image seems to have been a good year with at least three fledged broods in Breakish (RMcM) (see Gallery)
29th Jul 2018 Rosy Starling bird still at Geary (A&AS) - see Gallery for superb image - comparing the images it appears that this is a different bird from the one present in the same garden in mid May.
29th Jul 2018 Sanderling View Image four in Broadford Bay early (A&EH) then 12 later ((RMcM)
29th Jul 2018 Dunlin View Image 300+ in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
28th Jul 2018 Rosy Starling bird still at Geary associating with flock of Eurasian Starlings (LF)
28th Jul 2018 Shoveler two at Waterloo, Broadford - one probable juvenile & one adult in eclipse (RMcM) (see Gallery)
28th Jul 2018 Little Tern View Image two at Staffin Island (DB)
28th Jul 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image two on Staffin Bay (DB)
28th Jul 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image single by Ard Dorch at Loch an Cairidh (D&J Franklin)
27th Jul 2018 Rosy Starling bird again reported from garden at Geary, Waternish (L.Frost)
27th Jul 2018 Lapwing now 57 at Balmeanach, Ose, including juveniles (RMcM)
27th Jul 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Pool Roag & four Greenshank (RMcM)
27th Jul 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image successful breeding at Lochlonghead with juvenile visiting feeders (PS); scarce on Eigg one flew into Graveyard Wood today (JC)
27th Jul 2018 Knot three in Broadford Bay (MB) & 160+ Dunlin (NB)
27th Jul 2018 Common Tern View Image 33 in Broadford Bay including 6 juveniles (NB)
27th Jul 2018 Cuckoo late juvenile at Scullamus, Broadford (RMcM)
27th Jul 2018 Sanderling View Image six in Staffin Bay and two Whimbrel (DB)
26th Jul 2018 Knot still four in Broadford Bay this morning (MB) & 7 on Ardnish in evening (NH)
26th Jul 2018 Arctic Tern View Image 110 on Staffin Island + 15 Great Skua (MP)
26th Jul 2018 Sanderling View Image four in Broadford Bay first thing (MB) then 6 Turnstone in evening
26th Jul 2018 Cuckoo late juvenile in Uig Woods (AB)
25th Jul 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 13 in Broadford Bay (MB) in morning; at Breakish Obbe numbers built up in the evening to a terrific 140 (NH)
25th Jul 2018 Sandwich Tern View Image four in Broadford Bay + 15 Common Tern and 45 Arctic Tern (NB)
25th Jul 2018 Knot five in Broadford Bay in morning (P.O.-W) & three Breakish Obbe in evening (NH)
25th Jul 2018 Sanderling View Image single in Broadford Bay (P.O.-W) and 12 at Staffin Bay (DB)
25th Jul 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image two off Flodigarry (DB)
24th Jul 2018 Rosy Starling late report of one on the wires at Hallin, Waternish - probably the same bird seen later at Geary
24th Jul 2018 Black-throated Diver View Image two in Broadford Bay, + single Knot & Turnstone (NB)
24th Jul 2018 Whimbrel View Image two south at Beareraig Bay, Staffin & a single in Staffin Bay (DB)
24th Jul 2018 Sanderling View Image 6 in Staffin Bay (TB)
23rd Jul 2018 Canada Goose View Image 7 at Isleornsay (RC)
23rd Jul 2018 Red-throated Diver View Image probably three pairs feeding young in the Glendale area- though birds nest on freshwater they fish on the sea for food which they take back to the young (AS) (see Gallery)
23rd Jul 2018 Spotted Flycatcher View Image adults with two fledged young at Heaste (NB)
23rd Jul 2018 Whimbrel View Image five at Broadford Bay & a single Black-throated Diver (NB)
23rd Jul 2018 Sanderling View Image three at Neist Point where there were 400+ Kittiwake, adults & juvs. moving south (AS)
22nd Jul 2018 Arctic Skua View Image 6 at Ashaig moved west towards Broadford Bay late morning(RMcM) (see Gallery); two pale morph in Broadford Bay later, then three in evening (MB) - not sure whether these are duplicate counts
22nd Jul 2018 Dunlin View Image numbers still building up with 220 in Broadford Bay (MB)
22nd Jul 2018 Tufted Duck View Image 21 at Loch Mealt (DB)

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