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 Dec 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Kishorn + 600 Black-headed Gulls (RMcM)
19th Dec 2018 Woodcock up to three birds flushed regularly on walk in Glen Brittle forest (KS)
19th Dec 2018 White-tailed Eagle View Image four at Loch Caroy (MS)
18th Dec 2018 Brambling View Image single near Balmacara Square, Lochalsh (E.Stanley)
18th Dec 2018 Ring-necked Duck on the fringes of our area but drake reported again at Acharacle (A.Dacre)
17th Dec 2018 Brambling View Image two in garden at Portree (NB)
17th Dec 2018 Little Egret View Image another report from Lochailort (SC)
16th Dec 2018 Common Scoter single in Loch Harport & 30 Lapwing at head of loch (RMcM)
16th Dec 2018 Goosander View Image 18 at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
16th Dec 2018 Woodcock single feeding on lawn Lower Breakish (E.Whatson)
16th Dec 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image just 8 at Staffin (CH)
16th Dec 2018 Purple Sandpiper View Image four near Staffin slipway (CH)
15th Dec 2018 Treecreeper an unusual experience In Harrapool last night - Frank was visiting his man hut about 6pm when something landed on his head - a Treecreeper - he removed it from his head, held it in his hand & released it - extraordinarily tame (FO-W)
14th Dec 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image regular at bird feeders Kyleakin, + Long-tailed Tits (DB, A&EH)
14th Dec 2018 Brent Goose View Image two juveniles still wintering in the area at Breakish Obbe (NH)
14th Dec 2018 Knot single in Breakish Obbe (NH)
13th Dec 2018 Common Scoter 6 off Ashaig, all juv/female types (RMcM)
13th Dec 2018 Slavonian Grebe four off Ashaig, three Black-throated Diver & 10 Great Northern Diver (RMcM)
13th Dec 2018 Common Gull at least 1300 in Broadford Bay at high tide - presumably rich offshore feeding at the moment (RMcM)
12th Dec 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 12 including 6 juveniles between the wee loch near Inverinate and Loch Shiel (D.Evans)
12th Dec 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image one of the birds seen at Staffin on Sunday had been ringed as a juvenile at Durness, Sutherland, on 26.3.2017
11th Dec 2018 Barn Owl View Image single still roosting Uig Woods (SG)
11th Dec 2018 Viking Gull single again Bayfield, Portree (RMcM) (see Gallery)
11th Dec 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image single again near Aros, Portree (CH)
9th Dec 2018 Greenland White-fronted Goose after third attempt flock of 7 birds located at Kilmuir,(RMcM) - very few juveniles have been seen by this flock over the years but there was a single juvenile today.
9th Dec 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image few reports from sites in Trotternish this winter with only 2 at Balmacquien & 6 at Staffin (RMcM)
9th Dec 2018 Whooper Swan View Image single at Lochlonghead (PS)
8th Dec 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image 30+ on the south side of Isay (RA)
6th Dec 2018 Jack Snipe View Image another single on Eigg, at Kildonan Bay (JC)
5th Dec 2018 Nuthatch two near Arisaig (RMcM)
5th Dec 2018 Little Egret View Image single still in the Arisaig area, on the Allt cam Carach at Back of Keppoch (RMcM)
5th Dec 2018 Kingfisher single on the Morar river (RMcM)
5th Dec 2018 Purple Sandpiper View Image 6 on rocks off west car park, Mallaig (RMcM)
5th Dec 2018 Whooper Swan View Image three at Harrapool (A&EH)
4th Dec 2018 Greenland White-fronted Goose single with Greylags at Waterstein (AS) - this is an interesting bird which shows a pink bill on one side & an orange on the other - it is also injured (see Gallery)
4th Dec 2018 Jack Snipe View Image single on Neist Point (AS,RMcM)
4th Dec 2018 Brambling View Image female at Portree (JDJ)
3rd Dec 2018 Black-throated Diver View Image 10 in Loch Slapin + 140 Shag (RMcM)
3rd Dec 2018 Blackcap View Image male on feeders at Kyleakin + Great Spotted Woodpecker (AH)
3rd Dec 2018 Common Scoter single in Broadford Bay & 11 in Loch an Cairidh opposite Ard Dorch (RMcM) (see Gallery)
3rd Dec 2018 Common Gull 1000+ in Broadford Bay off Ashaig (RMcM)
3rd Dec 2018 Greater White-fronted Goose View Image single with Greylags at Waterstein - looks injured - race not determined meantime (AS)
3rd Dec 2018 Brent Goose View Image single hrota at the head of Loch Dunvegan - perhaps the late bird previously reported at Ardmore (LS)
2nd Dec 2018 Goldeneye 29 at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
2nd Dec 2018 Long-tailed Duck View Image single in Broadford Bay + a Common Scoter & three Slavonian Grebes (MB)
2nd Dec 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image another report of a single near Aros, Portree (EC)
2nd Dec 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image single at Lochlonghead (PS)
1st Dec 2018 Brent Goose View Image two juveniles still Broadford Bay (RMcM)
1st Dec 2018 Common Crossbill View Image six in the Ghlinne Bhig plantation on the Portree-Struan hill road (TH)
29th Nov 2018 Brent Goose View Image two juveniles still on Glas Eilean, Broadford (PO-W)
27th Nov 2018 Canada Goose View Image three with Greylags at Loch Dunvegan (M.MacGregor)
27th Nov 2018 Jack Snipe View Image singles on Eigg near Kildonan Point (JC) & on Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
27th Nov 2018 Water Rail single in Laig lane, Eigg (JC)
26th Nov 2018 Slavonian Grebe three off Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
25th Nov 2018 Ring Ouzel View Image very late record yesterday of a single between Camas Malag & Suisnish, Strath (DM)
25th Nov 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 21 between Loch Ainort & Broadford Bay (NB)
25th Nov 2018 Common Scoter two in Loch Ainort & single in Broadford Bay (NB)
25th Nov 2018 Slavonian Grebe single in Scalpay Narrows & two off Ardnish (NB,NH)
24th Nov 2018 Brambling View Image single at feeders at Idrigill (RW)
24th Nov 2018 Ringed Plover View Image a colour ringed bird in Broadford Bay on 28.10 was originally ringed as a breeding female near Achiltibuie in 2016 & had returned each spring to breed in that area though not always with the same male (SW)
24th Nov 2018 Common Scoter female in Broadford Bay (NB)
23rd Nov 2018 Waxwing View Image two at Kyleakin Obbe (NH)
22nd Nov 2018 Waxwing View Image single again at Kyleakin Obbe (EH)
22nd Nov 2018 Brambling View Image single at feeders Portree (JDJ)
22nd Nov 2018 Common Crossbill View Image 8 in forestry on Portree - Struan hill road (JDJ)
21st Nov 2018 Common Scoter 9 in Loch na Caridh off Dunan (RMcM)
21st Nov 2018 Waxwing View Image single at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
21st Nov 2018 Jack Snipe View Image three at marsh Pier Hill, Eigg (JC)
20th Nov 2018 Some New Skye Birds just a reminder that I am giving a talk on Skye Birds and some other wanderings at An Crubh, Sleat, at 7.30pm tomorrow night Wednesday 21st November - all welcome
20th Nov 2018 Blackcap View Image female at feeders at Portnalong (JT) and male at Achnacloich (RMcM)

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