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 Feb 2019 Little Egret View Image single still at Arisaig (SMacD)
19th Feb 2019 Black-throated Diver View Image two in Broadford Bay (PO-W)
19th Feb 2019 Brambling View Image male & female below feeders Lochlonghead (PS)
18th Feb 2019 Barn Owl View Image single at Broadford cemetery (NB) & another at Portree (JDJ)
17th Feb 2019 Brambling View Image three at Home Farm, Portree (NB)
17th Feb 2019 Skylark View Image birds back singing in Milovaig & Glendale (per AS)
17th Feb 2019 Swallow not here ... but crazy unseasonal reports today on Lewis & Shetland so keep your eyes peeled for early migrants
17th Feb 2019 Barnacle Goose View Image single with Greylags at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
16th Feb 2019 Glaucous Gull View Image 2cy bird still at Bayfield, Portree (NB)
16th Feb 2019 Lapwing 15 at Swordale, Strath (NB)
16th Feb 2019 Barnacle Goose View Image 23 at Staffin Island (CH)
15th Feb 2019 Whooper Swan View Image still three Loch Suardal (JY) & still 10 on the wee loch at Inverinate on the 16th (DM)
15th Feb 2019 Barn Owl View Image single at Struan (DMcG)
14th Feb 2019 Blue Tit View Image single on Canna is the first island record since 2005/06 (GG)
12th Feb 2019 Glaucous Gull View Image 2cy bird still at Bayfield, Portree (NB)
12th Feb 2019 Jack Snipe View Image single in Broadford Bay (JF)
11th Feb 2019 Canada Goose View Image single with Greylags at Kensaleyre (SG)
10th Feb 2019 Brambling View Image two at Home Farm, Portree (NB)
10th Feb 2019 Long-tailed Tit View Image a number of reports of birds at feeders recently including Stein & Uig (see Gallery)
10th Feb 2019 Jack Snipe View Image single on Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W)
10th Feb 2019 Great Northern Diver View Image four off Ardnish, Broadford + two Black-throats & two Slavonian Grebes (PO-W)
9th Feb 2019 Hen Harrier View Image several recent reports but male at Holomon, Raasay, this morning (JG)
7th Feb 2019 Waxwing View Image two flying west in Harrapool (NB)
7th Feb 2019 Barn Owl View Image another sighting at Valtos (EC)
6th Feb 2019 Glaucous Gull View Image 2cy bird still at Bayfield, Portree (NB)
5th Feb 2019 Song Thrush View Image flock of 12 birds beside Torabhaig Distillery, Sleat (RMcM)
5th Feb 2019 Glaucous Gull View Image 2cy still at Bayfield, Portree (JDJ)
5th Feb 2019 Barn Owl View Image noted again in the Edinbane area (CR) and another at Earlish (NH)
4th Feb 2019 Goosander View Image 12 at Loch Sligachan (NB)
4th Feb 2019 Goldeneye 32 at Loch Kishorn + 350 Black-headed Gulls & 7 Little Grebes (RMcM)
4th Feb 2019 Whooper Swan View Image still three Loch Suardal (S.Thomas) & c10 at Loch Shiel, Lochalsh
4th Feb 2019 Meadow Pipit View Image 60 at Kirton Bay, Lochalsh (DM)
4th Feb 2019 Wigeon 103 at Kirton Bay, Lochalsh (DM)
3rd Feb 2019 Brambling View Image three at Portree, two males & a female (NB)
3rd Feb 2019 Shelduck first back with a single at Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (JC)
3rd Feb 2019 Skylark View Image single back at Staffin + a Meadow Pipit (MP)
3rd Feb 2019 Barn Owl View Image single at Lower Breakish at 1800 (PK)
2nd Feb 2019 Glaucous Gull View Image 2cy still at Bayfield, Portree (RMcM)
2nd Feb 2019 Whooper Swan View Image three still Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (ST)
2nd Feb 2019 Ptarmigan View Image single near Bealach na Cruinn leum, Ben Aslak (MB)
2nd Feb 2019 Barn Owl View Image single over the Portree Co-op at 1800 (TH)
2nd Feb 2019 White-tailed Eagle View Image a pair of 3cy birds at Milovaig today with the male appearing to cover the female in flight (AS) - see Gallery
1st Feb 2019 Chiffchaff report of a single today at Glendale (LS)
31st Jan 2019 Eagles see the Gallery for a couple of Eagle images taken today
31st Jan 2019 Teal View Image 45 at Loch Harport + 14 Snipe & 6 Golden Plover (RMcM)
30th Jan 2019 Little Egret View Image wintering bird still at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig (RMcM) (see Gallery)
30th Jan 2019 Whooper Swan View Image two under the Skye Bridge (DB)
30th Jan 2019 Fieldfare View Image mixed flock of 60 including Redwings & Mistle Thrushes (DM)
29th Jan 2019 Brambling View Image two still at Portree (JDJ)
29th Jan 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 2cy bird at Loch Kishorn - a dark looking bird (RMcM) (see Gallery)
29th Jan 2019 House Sparrow View Image very unusual report of birds feeding young at Ose (CM)
29th Jan 2019 Purple Sandpiper View Image 6 on rocks of Mallaig (JC,NR)
28th Jan 2019 Glaucous Gull View Image 2cy bird still at Bayfield, Portree (RMcM)
28th Jan 2019 Barnacle Goose View Image c30 seen on Isay (RA)
28th Jan 2019 Mute Swan View Image two at the head of Loch Harport + two Whooper Swans (ST)
27th Jan 2019 Mediterranean Gull adult in Broadford Bay following northerly gales with 300+ Common Gulls & several Kittiwakes (MB)
27th Jan 2019 Golden Eagle View Image five interacting in Glen Varrigall this morning (NB)
27th Jan 2019 Whooper Swan View Image still 10 at the wee loch near Inverinate + 2 at nearby Loch Shiel, Lochalsh (NB)
27th Jan 2019 Mandarin drake still showing with Mallards at Camasdarroch, Morar (SMacD)
27th Jan 2019 Little Egret View Image still in Arisaig/Back of Keppoch area (SMacD)
27th Jan 2019 Iceland Gull View Image single still at Inverailort (SMacD)
25th Jan 2019 Glaucous Gull View Image 2nd cy bird still at Bayfield, Portree (RMcM)
25th Jan 2019 Barn Owl View Image bird at roadside north of Broadford early evening (NB)
24th Jan 2019 Common Scoter 6 still off Ardnish, Broadford (NB)
24th Jan 2019 Grey Wagtail View Image report from Bayfield, Portree (LM) where a bird has been present most of winter- we usually have a few overwinter but the population can suffer in bad weather
23rd Jan 2019 Greenland White-fronted Goose still 7 in the wintering group at Kilmuir (RMcM)
23rd Jan 2019 Barn Owl View Image single in the evening near Elgol (MP)
22nd Jan 2019 Black-throated Diver View Image 20 in Loch Slapin off Kilmarie (RMcM)
22nd Jan 2019 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 19 at Ashaig, Broadford + 4 Slavonian Grebes (A&EH)
22nd Jan 2019 Great Northern Diver View Image 9 off Shamhnan Insir, Rum (SM)
21st Jan 2019 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter again at Bayfield, Portree (NB)
21st Jan 2019 Goosander View Image 18 at the head of Loch Slapin (RMcM)
21st Jan 2019 Brambling View Image two again at Home Farm, Portree (NB)

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