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 Apr 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single still in Breakish Obbe (NH)
22nd Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image up to 15 on Ardnish & 21 Golden Plover (NH) (PO-W)
22nd Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe still five in Broadford Bay (NB) and three off Ardnish (NH)
22nd Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image 13 in Broadford Bay (NB) and three Great Skua following a creel boat
22nd Apr 2017 Cuckoo calling birds on Ardnish (PO-W), at Portree (JDJ) & at Camas Pliasgaig, Rum (SM)
22nd Apr 2017 Turtle Dove bird on Rum yesterday was possibly in poor condition and may have succumbed to a raptor (SM)
22nd Apr 2017 House Martin View Image two back on territory at Lochailort (SMacD)
21st Apr 2017 Barn Owl View Image pair back in territory at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
21st Apr 2017 Magpie the long staying bird still at Staffin (CC)
21st Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing bird at Cuillin Hills, Portree (NB)
21st Apr 2017 Cuckoo calling bird Portree forestry (NB)
21st Apr 2017 Turtle Dove one at Shamhnan Insir, Rum, not exactly in predictable habitat (SM) (see Gallery)
21st Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image 14 at Breakish Obbe (NH) and 18 in Broadford Bay (MB)
21st Apr 2017 Sanderling View Image two in Broadford Bay & 87 Ringed Plover (MB)
20th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image still two males visiting feeders Kyleakin (A&EH)
20th Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image two on the River Varrigall, Portree (JDJ)
20th Apr 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image single still with Greylags at Harrapool (PO-W)
20th Apr 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 21 at Ardmore Bay, Waternish (CC)
20th Apr 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image still at least four on Staffin Island (CC)
20th Apr 2017 Golden Plover 30 at Harlosh (J.Nolan)
20th Apr 2017 Cuckoo still calling bird at Geary, Waternish (J.Nolan)
20th Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe pair still in Broadford Bay + 5 Great Northern Divers (NB)
20th Apr 2017 Ringed Plover View Image numbers building up to 80 at Broadford Bay + 20 Dunlin (NB)
19th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image single at Staffin (JDJ)
19th Apr 2017 Cuckoo calling bird at Geary, Waternish (RA)
19th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image singing bird at Portnalong - also a Chiffchaff (ST)
19th Apr 2017 Golden Plover 25 flew north over sea at Milovaig (AS)
19th Apr 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Breakish Obbe (J.Nolan)
19th Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image pair in territory Staffin Island (CH)
18th Apr 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image a skein of 100 were flying SOUTH at Valtos (CC) whilst 40 over Eigg were headed in the right direction (JC)
18th Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe still a late single in Broadford Bay (CC)
18th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image three in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image two in Broadford (NB) (see Gallery)
18th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image one singing in Uig Woods (SG)
18th Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image single in Uig Bay (SG)
18th Apr 2017 Cuckoo calling bird at Duncraig, Plockton (JS)
17th Apr 2017 Great White Egret sadly no sign of the bird today - the bird was ringed above the knee on the left leg and could be French in origin
17th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image still 6 at Loch Suardal (ST)
17th Apr 2017 Mute Swan View Image still 4 juveniles at the head of Loch Harport (ST)
17th Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image single at Loch Snizort-Beag (TW)
17th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff two at Eynort and two Sand Martin during BBS survey (CH)
16th Apr 2017 Black Swan still at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
16th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image two on Ardnish, Broadford, & three Wheatears (P.O-W)
16th Apr 2017 Great White Egret single in Broadford Bay, only the 2nd record for the area (Carol & Martin Benson) (see Gallery) - seen later at Camus nan Sgianadin when flew back towards Broadford (NB)
16th Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image two at Broadford Bay (MB)
16th Apr 2017 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter at mouth of Broadford River early evening (NB)
15th Apr 2017 Swallow single at Upper Milovaig (AS) & birds also at Kishorn (D.Cameron) and Broadford (NB)
15th Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe still a single in Broadford Bay (NB)
15th Apr 2017 Cuckoo first report from Portree (L.Bennett)
14th Apr 2017 Black Swan a bird reported yesterday on Rum was present this morning at Kildonan, Eigg (JC) - on a tour of the Small Isles its origins are unknown. (see Gallery)
14th Apr 2017 Linnet another male at feeders at Waterloo (JMacD)
14th Apr 2017 Ptarmigan View Image single on Beinn na Seimrig ridge above Leiter Fura (DM) (see Gallery)
14th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singles singing at Upper Tote (CH) and at Duncraig, Plockton (JP)
13th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 30 north at Loch Caroy (R.Knazel) & 12 north at Loch Harport (D.Cameron)
13th Apr 2017 Linnet single birds reported back at Uig (SG) and Lower Milovaig (AS)
13th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image single bird reported at Uig (SG)
13th Apr 2017 Lesser Redpoll View Image 25 at Camas Luinie (DM)
13th Apr 2017 Iceland Gull View Image adult and juvenile at Mallaig Pier (PG)
12th Apr 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at 'Brothers Point' Trotternish (P.Battye)
12th Apr 2017 Twite View Image three back on feeders at Lower Milovaig (AS) (see Gallery)
12th Apr 2017 Puffin single close to shore at Camustianavaig (CH)
11th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 13 north at Glen Brittle (D.Cameron)
10th Apr 2017 Willow Warblers now singing widely with reports from Portnalong (ST) ; Caroy (R.Knasel); Camas na Sgianadin (S.Te); Duisdale Beag (CW)
10th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 40 at Uig (ML)
10th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing bird in Plockton (JS)
10th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image one west over Rum (SM)
10th Apr 2017 Golden Plover 40 at Borrodale, Glendale (AS)
9th Apr 2017 Swallow three at Treaslane (DFMacd)
9th Apr 2017 Merlin View Image male chasing Meadow Pipits at Lower Milovaig (AS)
9th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing birds at Broadford and Duisdale (MB)
9th Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image single bird at Broadford (MB)
9th Apr 2017 Brent Goose View Image 31 in Staffin Bay briefly - Spring records are scarce (MP)
8th Apr 2017 Wigeon 93 at Nostie Bay,Lochalsh (DM)
8th Apr 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird at Ord (SB)
8th Apr 2017 Puffin 5 through the Kylerhea narrows (RD)
8th Apr 2017 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail on Raasay flew west to Skye (RD)
8th Apr 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 17 in Broadford Bay off Irishman's Point & 7 Common Scoter (NB)
8th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image c70 at Duisdale Beag (CW)
7th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image two males at fatballs Kyleakin (A&EH)
7th Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image single in Broadford Bay (RD)
7th Apr 2017 Ptarmigan View Image two males in the Applecross hills (RD)
7th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 200 in Harrapool area (NB)
7th Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe three in Loch Ainort and three in Broadford Bay (NB)
7th Apr 2017 Red-throated Diver View Image nineLoch Ainort and three iBlack-throated Divers (NB)
7th Apr 2017 Willow Warbler View Image two at Camustianavaig (DM)
6th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing birds in Broadford (NB) and at Dunan (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image bird singing briefly at Dunan (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 in Loch na Cairidh and 20 in Loch Ainort and two Black-throats (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 100 in garden at Balgown, Kilmuir (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 155 at Balmaqueen and a single Pink-foot (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 34 at Loch Suardal (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing bird in Uig Woods (SG)
5th Apr 2017 Willow Warbler View Image still singing bird in Uig Woods (SG) and one at Portree (JDJ)
5th Apr 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image three in Sound of Sleat from ferry (RMcM)
5th Apr 2017 Ring-necked Duck drake still showing in Loch Shiel at Acharacle - and c50 Sand Martins (RMcM)
5th Apr 2017 Ptarmigan View Image two on Marsco (MP)
5th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image large flock of 210 at Glebrittle & 38 at Carbost (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Skylark View Image 80 at Glen Brittle (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image male in song on north-west side of Loch Ainort where there were also two Slavonian Grebes in full breeding plumage (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Common Scoter still 5 in Loch Ainort and a single in Broadford Bay (NB)
5th Apr 2017 Turnstone 46 at Loch Sligachan (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image single again with Greylags in Broadford Bay (feral?) (NB)
4th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image singles at Tokavaig (RMcM) and River Conon, Uig (S.Gibson)
4th Apr 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile back amongst the cattle near Tokavaig (RMcM) (see Gallery)
4th Apr 2017 Willow Warbler View Image singing birds at Uig woods (S.Gibson) and Armadale (RD)
4th Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image three on the River Leasgeary, Portree (NB)
4th Apr 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image two in the sound of Sleat (RD)
4th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 30 at Ord & 20 at Breakish (RD); 20 roosting and in sub-song at Scullamus (RMcM)
4th Apr 2017 Wigeon excellent count of 120 at Kylerhea (RD)
4th Apr 2017 Canada Goose View Image single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
3rd Apr 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Broadford Bay and a female Common Scoter (R.Doan)
3rd Apr 2017 Highland Recorder Please note that Peter Stronach has taken over from Peter Gordon as the Highland Recorder - new email details in the header of this page.
3rd Apr 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Broadford Bay and a female Common Scoter (R.Doan)
3rd Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image single overland and heading north near Edinbane (TW)
2nd Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing birds at Portree (JDJ) and at Lower Milovaig (AS)
2nd Apr 2017 Nuthatch back on feeders at Arisaig (I.MacNiven)
2nd Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 20 at Ullinish and 20 Fieldfare near Caroy (RMcM)
2nd Apr 2017 Mute Swan View Image still four juveniles at the head of Loch Harport (RMcM) (see Gallery)
2nd Apr 2017 Common Scoter still five at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
2nd Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image single at Portree (NB)
2nd Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image two at Kilmory, Rum yesterday and a single today (SM)
2nd Apr 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image single off Eigg (JC)
2nd Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe single In breeding plumage off Port an Eorna, Lochalsh & 5 Great Northern Divers off the Duirinish coastal path (R.French)
2nd Apr 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image singing male back in territory at Morvich, Kintail (RA)
1st Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image two at Camastianavaig (JDJ)
1st Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 10 in Glen Brittle (STerry)
1st Apr 2017 Water Rail bird caught on a camera trap at Ullinish (PS)
1st Apr 2017 Yellowhammer another unusual record of a male visiting feeders at Glasnakille (M.Henderson)
31st Mar 2017 Redwing View Image small numbers moving north in the last few days but several hundred in Rum this morning (SM)
31st Mar 2017 Sand Martin View Image single at Portnalong (JB)
30th Mar 2017 Yellowhammer (Buidheag) following my recent blog and article in the Skye and Lochalsh Echo I have received reports of birds visiting feeders at Ardelve and Camuslongart, Dornie, and also up to Tw pairs at Plockton. More unusual was a report from Peter White of a bird recently at Ord, his first there in 39 years.
30th Mar 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird at Kilmarie, Strathaird (IR) and a pair at Applecross (JB)
30th Mar 2017 Lapland Bunting late news of a male photographed on Ardnish, Broadford on the 28th (Ray Jones, John Kennedy) (see Gallery)
30th Mar 2017 Ptarmigan View Image pair in the Applecross hills (J.Bentall)
30th Mar 2017 Greenshank exceptional count of 20 in Applecross Bay (J.Bentall)
29th Mar 2017 Chiffchaff single at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
29th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 5 landed in Broadford Bay (MB)
29th Mar 2017 Twite View Image still slow to arrive but 5 at the Harrapool fanks + 5 Redwing on the Heaste road (MB)
28th Mar 2017 Willow Warbler View Image singing bird in morning and two others afternoon at Lower Milovaig (AS) - exceptionally early
28th Mar 2017 Chiffchaff singing bird at Arisaig (RMcM)
28th Mar 2017 Viking Gull adult still at Mallaig (RMcM)
28th Mar 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image early returning bird singing at Old Man of Storr (HM)
28th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image singles on Ardnish (ST) and at Carnach, Waternish (SP); and a female at Heaste (NB)
28th Mar 2017 Whimbrel View Image very early report of a single at Waterloo (ST)
27th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image seven between Waterstein and Neist Point (RMcM)
27th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 40+ on Loch Mealt (SP)
27th Mar 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 73 north over Portree (NB)
26th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image 13 in the Milovaig area including several leucorhoa types (AS) ; two males at Staffin Bay (L.Macdonald); two at Claigan, Dunvegan (ML); male at Harrapool (MB); 6 between Fiscavaig and Talisker Bay (SP)
26th Mar 2017 Common Crossbill View Image male at Armadale gardens (RMcM)
26th Mar 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image at least three drumming birds in the Armadale area (RMcM)
26th Mar 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image 14 off Lusa, Broadford, and 26 Great Northern Diver (RMcM)
26th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image still 11 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (ML)
26th Mar 2017 Grey Wagtail View Image pair at Glen Brittle (JT)
25th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image males at Upper Milovaig (AS), the Quirang (HM) and Tarskavaig (RMcM); a female at Torrin and a pair at Camas Malag (RMcM)
25th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 16 north over Ullinish (PS)
25th Mar 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird at Old Corry, Broadford (NB)
25th Mar 2017 Common Scoter still 6 at the head of Loch Ainort, + 5 Great Northern Divers and a single Red-throated Diver (NB)
24th Mar 2017 Lapland Bunting two at Shamnan Insir, Rum (SM) (see Gallery)
24th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image lot of migrants through Kilmory, Rum, including 6 Wheatears (SM); and three at the Coral Beaches, Claigan (A.Harding)

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