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 John Poyner (  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
7th Mar 2021 Velvet Scoter female type still at Loch Portree (NB)
7th Mar 2021 Common Scoter three female types Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SC)
7th Mar 2021 Blackcap View Image female still visiting feeders at Uig (ML)
7th Mar 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 5 on Storr Lochs (JDJ) & single on Loch Cillchroisd (RMcM)
7th Mar 2021 Black-throated Diver View Image 7 at Staffin (JDJ)
7th Mar 2021 Barnacle Goose View Image single with Greylags at Duntuilm, Trotternish (JDJ)
6th Mar 2021 Greenland White-fronted Goose 6/7 noted in wintering group at Kilmuir, Trotternish (JDJ)
4th Mar 2021 Canada Goose View Image three at Isleornsay (RC)
4th Mar 2021 Nuthatch wintering bird still at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
3rd Mar 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 15 resting on Black Lochs, Broadford (RMcM) & two at Ardmore, Waternish (SP)
3rd Mar 2021 Skylark View Image 15 at Ardmore, Waternish (SP)
3rd Mar 2021 Common Scoter two female types on Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (RD)
3rd Mar 2021 Iceland Gull View Image two following creel boat in Loch Kishorn today (MBl)
2nd Mar 2021 Slavonian Grebe 6 in Loch Ainort (RMcM)
2nd Mar 2021 Pied Wagtail View Image widespread arrivals throughout the area, mostly singles, but 6 at Meanish, Glendale (AS)
2nd Mar 2021 Common Dolphin pod of 20-30 at Neist Point (AS)
2nd Mar 2021 Fieldfare View Image 16 at Strathcarron (JN)
2nd Mar 2021 Purple Sandpiper View Image four on skerries off Harlosh, Dunvegan (SG)
1st Mar 2021 Black-throated Diver View Image five off Ashaig, Broadford + five Slavonian Grebes & 15+ Great Northern Divers (NB, RMcM)
1st Mar 2021 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 45 off Ashaig, Broadford (NB,RMcM)
1st Mar 2021 Canada Goose View Image two at Lochlonghead, Lochalsh (LT) - possibly the same birds which were in Broadford Bay; also five at Frithard Bay, Plockton (M.Bl)
1st Mar 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 5 north at Neist Point & 18 landed on nearby Loch Mor (AS) (see Gallery)
1st Mar 2021 Skylark View Image 35 at Neist Point including birds seen coming off sea (AS) (see Gallery)
28th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image three at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (PS)- also signs of early migration north with 13 west over the Sound of Mull (AK)
28th Feb 2021 Wigeon 68 in Balmacara Bay and 81 at Ardelve, Lochalsh (RMcM)
28th Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter long staying female still at Glenelg Bay
28th Feb 2021 Common Scoter 6 at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD)
27th Feb 2021 Pink-footed Goose View Image single with 41 Greylags at Lochlonghead (PS)
27th Feb 2021 Canada Goose View Image two in Broadford Bay (PO-W)
27th Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Neist Point (AS) (see Gallery)
27th Feb 2021 Fulmar back on breeding ledges at Neist Point (AS) (see Gallery)
27th Feb 2021 Water Rail wintering bird showing on camera trap at Ullinish (PS)
27th Feb 2021 Nuthatch calling bird still in territory near Arisaig (SC)
27th Feb 2021 Fieldfare View Image small flock of 20 at Killilan, Lochalsh (PSp)
26th Feb 2021 Red-throated Diver View Image 9 feeding on the Scalpay shore of Loch na Cairidh (RMcM)
26th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image two on Loch Meodal, Sleat (DJ) - possibly early migrants returning to Iceland
25th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image drake still at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
25th Feb 2021 Black-throated Diver View Image single at Ashaig, Broadford + three Slavonian Grebes & 8 Great Northern Divers (RMcM)
25th Feb 2021 Skylark View Image 45 at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
24th Feb 2021 Purple Sandpiper View Image 8 at Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
24th Feb 2021 Merlin View Image female in garden at Kilbride Torrin - whilst Anita Jones was replenishing fatballs bird landed on her arm!!
23rd Feb 2021 Water Rail one crossed the main road in Duisdale, Sleat (PK)
23rd Feb 2021 Turnstone good count of 50+ at the head of Loch Carron (JN)
23rd Feb 2021 Lapwing a number of reports recently, all small numbers - 12 at Loch Cillchroisd today (JB), and four at Romesdal, Eyre (AR)
22nd Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 13 at Loch nan Corr, Inverinate (RMcM)
22nd Feb 2021 Skylark View Image flock of 60 returning birds at Kildonan hayfield, Eigg (JC)
21st Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image 1st winter drake still at Ashaig, Broadford (MB)
21st Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter single still at Loch Portree (NB)
21st Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Loch na Corr, Inverinate (DM)
21st Feb 2021 Great Black-backed Gull View Image 157 at Loch Portree + 76 Wigeon & 13 Bar-tailed Godwit (NB)
21st Feb 2021 Nuthatch birds back in established territory near Arisaig (RD)
20th Feb 2021 Skylark View Image good numbers arriving back with 8 at Lower Milovaig (AS) & 4 at Ashaig, Broadford, including territorial singing birds (P&RD)
19th Feb 2021 Blackcap View Image female at feeders at Uig + 9 Long-tailed Tits (ML)
19th Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image two adults - one at Lower Milovaig (AS) and another at Loch Portree (NB)
19th Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter single still in Loch Portree (NB)
19th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 7 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (JB) - with 10 on the Shiel River, Lochalsh yesterday (RMcM)
18th Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image report of three juveniles at the mouth of the Duisdale Burn, Sleat (RC)
18th Feb 2021 Barnacle Goose View Image another single with Greylags - but on Castle Island, Eigg (JC)
17th Feb 2021 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image first of the spring in Broadford (NB)
17th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image male still on the brackish pool at Ashaig, Broadford + excellent count of 36 Red-breasted Mergansers (NB)
17th Feb 2021 Pink-footed Goose View Image three with Greylags at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
17th Feb 2021 Redwing View Image 26 at Strathcarron (JN)
16th Feb 2021 Brent Goose View Image single battling against the gale at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM)
16th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image three on the Glendale Road near Dunvegan (AS) - lovely images in the Gallery
16th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image male still on the brackish pool at Ashaig + 21 Red-breasted Mergansers (RMcM)
16th Feb 2021 Barnacle Goose View Image single with Greylags at Plockton (JS)
15th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single at Shamhnan Insir, Rum (SM) & three on Heaste Road, Broadford (NB)
14th Feb 2021 Blackcap View Image female at feeders at Uig (ML)
14th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single on the Kylerhea road (NH) & still three at Upper Milovaig (AS)
14th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image still four on open water at Storr Lochs (JJ)
14th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image drake still at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
14th Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter single still at Loch Portree (NB)
14th Feb 2021 Golden Plover 12 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
13th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 6 on Breakish Obbe (NH)
13th Feb 2021 Goosander View Image 8 in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
13th Feb 2021 Jack Snipe View Image single with a Common Snipe at Harrapool, Broadford (NB) (see Gallery)
13th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image three at Upper Milovaig (AS); separate groups of 3 & 10 on the Heaste Road (NB) (see Gallery)
12th Feb 2021 Water Rail one on a garden fence in Dornie recently (per R.Knight)
12th Feb 2021 Slavonian Grebe 5 off Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
12th Feb 2021 Woodcock three in a garden at Edinbane this morning (JJ) & two yesterday in Elgol garden (IR)
12th Feb 2021 Skylark View Image signs of spring with three in Harrapool, our 1st arrivals (NB)
12th Feb 2021 Jack Snipe View Image a single on Loch Morar with three Common Snipe (SMacD) (see Gallery)
11th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single on Kylerhea road in Glen Arroch (RMcM)
11th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image male still at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
11th Feb 2021 Jack Snipe View Image single in roadside ditch in Torrin and at Loch Cillchroisd (RMcM) (see Gallery)
11th Feb 2021 Firecrest probable in a garden at Lochcarron today (E.McMillan)
11th Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Loch Kishorn again (JN)
11th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image still 7 on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (SCo)
10th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image two in Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM) & 16 on Heaste Road, Broadford (NB)
10th Feb 2021 Jack Snipe View Image single on shore at Duisdale, Sleat + 5 Woodcock (RC)
10th Feb 2021 Barn Owl View Image single found using a nest box at Strathcarron (JN)
10th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image two at the head of Loch Portree (NB) - with most inland lochs frozen birds are being forced to move to estuaries
9th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image 6 at Upper Milovaig, Glendale (AS)(see Gallery); 16 still Glen Shian, Lochailort (SC) & 15 still at Heaste Road, Broadford (NB); three between Achnahinich & Balmacara on forest track (DM)
9th Feb 2021 Reed Bunting View Image four at bird table Kilbride, Torrin (JohnJ)
9th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image five on oper water at Loch Fada, Storr (RMcM) & three on Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (RD)
9th Feb 2021 Purple Sandpiper View Image two at Score Bay, Duntuilm + 8 Golden Plover (RMcM)
9th Feb 2021 White-fronted Goose census count of Greenlands at Kilmuir - 9 birds including a juvenile which is encouraging (RMcM)
9th Feb 2021 Merlin View Image reports at Kilmaluag & Monkstadt (ML)
9th Feb 2021 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Kilmuir (ML) and a male & ringtail at Ullinish (DMcG, PS)
9th Feb 2021 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image lot of reports from south of island, but single at Peinmore, Portree, worth noting (R.Greer)
9th Feb 2021 Woodcock 6 flushed at Borrodale, Arisaig (RD)

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