Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye

Bird sightings on the Island of Skye and the neighbouring area

The objective of these pages 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 Gordon (  who may require a full description before the record was accepted. This website will very much be locally focused but has become part of the SOC local recorder system and other networks and we hope we can enhance these systems. We will also 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.

Date Species Image Details
31st Oct 2014 Blackcap View Image male at feeders Portnalong (ST)
30th Oct 2014 Corncrake View Image please see the blog for an update on the season from Shelagh Parlane
30th Oct 2014 Fieldfare View Image large mixed flock of Fieldfare/Redwing reported Portnalong (ST)
30th Oct 2014 Swallow still a late straggler on Eigg (JC)
30th Oct 2014 Eider now 100 at Kylekin (H.Scott)
30th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 9 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (P.Semler)
30th Oct 2014 Short-eared Owl View Image 3 at Ullinish at dusk (P.Semler)
29th Oct 2014 Redwing View Image 200 at Kyleakin (A&EH) and 70 at Lower Breakish (RMcM)
29th Oct 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Pabay Sound & 3 Red-throated Divers (RMcM)
29th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 12 on the sea in Pabay Sound (RMcM); 3 on Loch Druagrich, Struan (MH)
29th Oct 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose 6 and a single Barnacle Goose landed on Pabay (RMcM)
29th Oct 2014 Merlin View Image male at Struan (MH)
28th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 28 south over Broadford early morning, 18 south over Scalpay midday, then 13 s/west from Broadford mid afternoon (RMcM); also 7 on Ardnish (EH); 21 over Eigg (JC)
28th Oct 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image single on Kyleakin Obbe (AH) and also regular at Waterloo
28th Oct 2014 Blackcap View Image male at Bayfield, Portree (J.Maughan)
28th Oct 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Scalpay Narrows (RMcM)
28th Oct 2014 Redwing View Image c60 at Sconser (RMcM) (see Gallery); 220 over Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
28th Oct 2014 Black-headed Gull good numbers with 35 at Waterloo, 53 at Scalpay Narrows, 25 at the head of Loch Ainort and 50 at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
28th Oct 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image still 15 at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
28th Oct 2014 Redshank exceptional count of 80 on Ardnish, Broadford (EH)
28th Oct 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image single with Greylags on Ardnish, Broadford (EH)
28th Oct 2014 Teal View Image 40 on Ardnish, Broadford (EH)
28th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image late straggler on Ardnish, Broadford (EH)
28th Oct 2014 Raptors ringtail Hen Harrier at Borve and pairs of Peregrine and Golden Eagle over Uig (ML) - clearly enjoying the sunshine
28th Oct 2014 Slavonian Grebe two in Broadford Bay (RMcM,JP)
28th Oct 2014 Chiffchaff one at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
28th Oct 2014 Long-eared Owl View Image single in the forestry on Eigg (JC)
27th Oct 2014 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Broadford Bay at new pier (RMcM)
27th Oct 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose two skeins numbering 33 & 27 south-west through Broadford Bay (MB,RMcM)
27th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 14 on Loch Cillchroisd & 5 at Waterloo (RMcM) (probably the same family group at Breakish earlier (JP)); 7 over Plock of Kyle (AH); 4 sheltering at the head of Loch Eynort (C.MacDonald)
27th Oct 2014 Little Gull View Image adult at Broadford Bay at mouth of river (MB)
25th Oct 2014 Barn Owl View Image single early morning at Drumfearm turn-off on Sleat road (S.Dawber)
24th Oct 2014 Brambling View Image single on feeders at Ullinish (PS)
24th Oct 2014 White-tailed Eagle View Image pair of adults on sheep carcass on Struan-Portree hill road & juvenile at Oronsay(PS)
24th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image continued movement south with 14 at Loch Harport (K.Sadler) & 62 in 5 groups at Lower Breakish (P&RD &PP)
24th Oct 2014 Storm Petrel three from the ferry on the Skye side of the Minch (AMcN, AW)
24th Oct 2014 Blackcap View Image female in garden at Millers Cottage, Eigg (JC)
23rd Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image lots of birds on move with 41 on Ardnish (EH), & several groups of 8 heading south, at Lower Breakish (P&RD), loch Eishort (A.Lyle) & Kilbride, Torrin (JJ)
23rd Oct 2014 Arctic Skua View Image 4 off Waternish Point from ferry + a Great Skua (AMcN & AW)
23rd Oct 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image three in Balmeanach Bay (WM)
23rd Oct 2014 Merlin View Image Single pursuing pipit near Scullamus, Broadford (AD)
23rd Oct 2014 Brambling View Image a single near the Red Roof Cafe Glendale (S.Sutherland) (see Gallery)
22nd Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image adult & 6 juveniles at Lochlonghead (PS) & 8 at Broadford Bay including 3 juveniles (D.Tindall)
21st Oct 2014 Kittiwake 500+ through the Narrows of Raasay & 100 Gannets (WM))
21st Oct 2014 Great Skua View Image 7 north through the Narrows of Raasay & 4 Arctic Skua (WM))
21st Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 6 in Broadford Bay
20th Oct 2014 Eider c50 at Kyleakin (H. Scott)
20th Oct 2014 Mediterranean Gull now two first winter birds in Broadford Bay (M.Wells)
20th Oct 2014 Brambling View Image single at Morar (SMacD)
20th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 4 at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
20th Oct 2014 Magpie a single at Duntuilm may be the long stayer in the Uig area (S.Sutherland)
19th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image another late bird at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
19th Oct 2014 Great Skua View Image late birds at Mallaig (SMacD) & on the crossing between Arisaig & Muck (R.Dyer)
19th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 7 flying south on crossing between, Arisaig & Muck (R.Dyer)
19th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image 28 flying south on crossing between, Arisaig & Muck (R.Dyer)
18th Oct 2014 Swallow straggler over Kyleakin (A&EH)
18th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image still two at Ashaig/Ardnish (P&R Davison)
18th Oct 2014 Gannet C100 between Uig and Waternish Point (RMcM)
18th Oct 2014 Fieldfare View Image 5 at Harrapool (MB)
17th Oct 2014 Common Crossbill View Image 4 in Kyleakin Forest (no sign of Firecrest)(A&EH,RMcM)
17th Oct 2014 Goldcrest View Image c15 in Glen VicAskill & c12 in Kyleakin Forest are probable migrants (PE, A&EH, RMcM)
16th Oct 2014 Mediterranean Gull juvenile again in Broadford Bay (MB)
16th Oct 2014 Firecrest report of a probable Firecrest from Kyleakin Forest (EH) - this would be a first for the area so subject to confirmation
16th Oct 2014 Chaffinch View Image large flock of 200+ in Kyleakin Forest (EH)
16th Oct 2014 Fieldfare View Image 6 coming through Gleann Lichd, Kintail (RA)
16th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image late leucorhoa type at Upper Milovaig (AS)
16th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image single at Milovaig (P.Gleisenstein)
15th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image another late bird on Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM)
15th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image two on Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM)
15th Oct 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still a single on Ardnish, Broadford, + a Grey Plover & 7 Greenshank (RMcM)
15th Oct 2014 Redwing/Fieldfare mixed flock of c40 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
15th Oct 2014 Redwing View Image small groups of c15 passing through Morvich, Kintail (RA)
14th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 6 resting in Broadford Bay with 3 flying south (MB); 3 at Kirkibost, Strathaird (RMcM)
14th Oct 2014 Common Scoter single in Broadford Bay (MB)
14th Oct 2014 Slavonian Grebe 3 in Broadford Bay (MB)
14th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image another late bird at Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
14th Oct 2014 Red Grouse 4 beside the track at Camus Malag, Torrin (JJ)
14th Oct 2014 Swallow single at Milovaig (P.Gleisenstein)
13th Oct 2014 Brambling View Image on garden feeders at Ard Dorch (T.Swainbank); Lower Milovaig (AS) and still at Carr Brae, Dornie (BN)
13th Oct 2014 Red Kite View Image a wandering bird at Kilbryde, Strathaird (MMJohnson)
13th Oct 2014 Teal View Image now 15 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
13th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image two on Loch Fada (CH)
13th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image single at Old Man of Storr (P.Gleisenstein)
12th Oct 2014 Yellowhammer single in a garden in Kyleakin (AH)
12th Oct 2014 Brambling View Image male in garden at Carr Brae, Dornie (also yesterday) (BN)
12th Oct 2014 Long-tailed Duck View Image now 4 at Loch na Caraidh with two adults joining the two juvs (T.Swainbank)
12th Oct 2014 Coot View Image a single on Loch Lonachan, Broadford, is the first record on Skye for several years (MB)
12th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image a straggler on the Heaste hills (MB)
12th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 12 on the sea at Ashaig and still a female Scaup in Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Oct 2014 Swallow a late bird at Neist Point (P. Gleisenstein)
11th Oct 2014 Long-tailed Duck View Image two at Loch an Cairidh/Ainort (T.Swainbank)
11th Oct 2014 Scaup 6 in Broadford Bay (MB)
11th Oct 2014 Fieldfare View Image single at Lower Milovaig(AS)and 4-6 at Kyleakin (AH) are the first reports of the autumn
11th Oct 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image 45 over Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
11th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image two late birds at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
11th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image two skeins through Broadford Bay, each 40/50 birds (MB)
11th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image Herd of 10 through Broadford Bay (MB)
11th Oct 2014 Jack Snipe View Image 1st of autumn on Glas Eilean, Broadford (MB)
11th Oct 2014 Slavonian Grebe two in Broadford Bay (MB)
10th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image single at Lochlonghead (PS); two at Loch Suardal (G.McCracken)
10th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image two at Ardnish, Broadford ( PP)
10th Oct 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image 110 over Broadford + reports of probable skeins elsewhere (MB et al)
10th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image late leucorhoa type at Oisgill Bay (G.McCracken)
9th Oct 2014 Canada Goose View Image 4 flying west at Lower Breakish (PP)
9th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 3 flying west at Lower Breakish (PP)
9th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image still 9 at Loch Ainort and 3 at Camas a Mhor-bheoil, Gedintailor (RMcM)
9th Oct 2014 Redwing View Image 20 at Torvaig, Portree(RMcM)
9th Oct 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image c20 at Staffin Island (RMcM)
8th Oct 2014 Goldfinch charm of 60-70 in Lower Breakish (LP)
8th Oct 2014 Red-throated Diver View Image 6 in Loch Slapin off Ord (RMcM)
8th Oct 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image numbers building in Loch Slapin with 2 off Ord, 2 off Tokavaig, and 3 off Achnacloich (RMcM)
8th Oct 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still a single in Broadford Bay (RMcM)(see Gallery)
8th Oct 2014 Pomarine Skua View Image three from the Uig-Lochmaddy ferry (per Birdguides)
8th Oct 2014 Snipe 8 at Loch Druigrich, Struan (MH)
8th Oct 2014 Red Grouse 12 at Coillore, Struan (MH)
8th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 80 over Kyleakin heading south in early evening (AH)
8th Oct 2014 Blackcap View Image female at graveyard wood on Eigg (JC)
8th Oct 2014 Chiffchaff single at Lodge orchard on Eigg (JC)
8th Oct 2014 Goldeneye drake at the head of Loch Ainort, first of autumn (MP)
7th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image 9 at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
7th Oct 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image still 31 at the head of Loch Sligachan with smaller numbers elsewhere (RMcM)
7th Oct 2014 Turnstone 36 in outer Loch Sligachan near Sconser Hotel (RMcM)
7th Oct 2014 Common Crossbill View Image c10 in Armadale Woods (J.Bentall)
7th Oct 2014 Redwing View Image c20 in Armadale Woods - first report of the autumn (J.Bentall)
6th Oct 2014 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail still in the Lower Breakish area (PP) and a recent report from Flodigarry (JS)
6th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image still 8 in Broadford Bay a.m. joined by 19 later (CB); also 2 at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
6th Oct 2014 Eider c70 in outer Loch Sligachan opp. Sconser Quarry (RMcM)
6th Oct 2014 American Golden Plover adult with Golden Plover on shore of Loch Sligachan opp. Sconser Golf Course (RMcM)(see Gallery)
6th Oct 2014 Golden Plover c70 on shore of Loch Sligachan opp. Sconser Golf Course (RMcM)
6th Oct 2014 Sabine's Gull two juveniles with Kittiwakes in Broadford Bay (MB,RMcM)
6th Oct 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image single from the Moll loop near Sconser (RMcM)
6th Oct 2014 Skylark View Image 30 heading south over Broadford (MB)
6th Oct 2014 Scaup single female in Broadford Bay (MB)
5th Oct 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image several skeins moving over Struan (MH)
5th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image still 8 at Broadford Bay (A&EH)
5th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 14 over Morar early afternoon (SMacD) and 21 south-west over Broadford later (MB)
4th Oct 2014 Scaup 6 in Broadford Bay in morning with c30 by early evening(MB)
4th Oct 2014 Brent Goose View Image c85 in Broadford Bay in morning, joined by another 28 later, when flew south (MB); flock of 75 later (MB)(see Gallery) - birds also flying through in darkness in the evening.
4th Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 4 over Kyle early evening (RMcM)
4th Oct 2014 Kestrel still family of four together at Kilbryde, Torrin (A.Jones)
4th Oct 2014 Tufted Duck View Image at Broadford Bay c12 in morning with numbers increasing throughout day to c120 which is a considerable count for the area, probably icelandic birds (MB)
4th Oct 2014 Wheatear View Image late bird at Lower Breakish (PP)
4th Oct 2014 Golden Plover c80 at Ramasaig (P.Shearer)
3rd Oct 2014 Mistle Thrush View Image 12 feeding on berries at Gillen, Waternish (P.Shearer)
3rd Oct 2014 Goldfinch flock of 60 near Gillen, Waternish (P.Shearer)
3rd Oct 2014 Twite View Image flock of 180 at Borneskitaig (RMcM)
3rd Oct 2014 Stonechat View Image adult with recently fledged brood of 4 at Balmacqueen (RMcM)
3rd Oct 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Loch Portree + 28 Wigeon (RMcM)
2nd Oct 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still a single at Harrapool (RMcM)
2nd Oct 2014 Ptarmigan View Image two (possibly three) at Meallan Odhar, Glen Shiel (JP)
1st Oct 2014 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two at Waterloo yesterday were at Ashaig this morning (MB,RMcM)
1st Oct 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 5 over Kilmarie, Strath (K.Mackenzie)

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