Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye

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 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' -  Records sent to us are also submitted to Birdtrack.

Date Species Image Details
30th Dec 2003 Purple Sandpiper View Image Small group of 6 seen off Ardnish by John & Liz Phillips whilst on canoeing trip.
30th Dec 2003 Red Throated Diver View Image Count of 19 between Loch na Sgianadin and Loch na Caraidh, nr. Broadford
30th Dec 2003 Little Auk Single only in Broadford Bay
30th Dec 2003 Common Scoter 2 in Broadford Bay and 6 in Loch na Caraidh off Ard Dorch.
30th Dec 2003 Red-breasted Merganser View Image Total of 42 between Loch na Sgianadin, Broadford, and Loch na Caraidh at Ard Dorch.
30th Dec 2003 White-tailed Eagle View Image Ardnish, Broadford - seen from canoe by Liz Phillips at distance of only a few feet - probably adult with no wing tags.
30th Dec 2003 Goldeneye Count of 17 in Loch na Cairidh
26th Dec 2003 Black Throated Diver View Image Group of 16 in Kilmarie Bay, Loch Slapin, in early afternoon. Also 7 Great Northern Divers.
19th Dec 2003 Starling Report of a large flock of 500 at Kilmaluag
19th Dec 2003 Merlin View Image single bird seen at Achachork, Portree
19th Dec 2003 Northern Gannet View Image Unusual in winter, 5 at Camas Mor
14th Dec 2003 Knot 2 at Ardnish during WeBS count of Greater Broadford Bay. Other totals included - 31 Heron, 70 Dunlin, 37 Ringed Plover, 15 Turnstone and 30 Teal.
8th Dec 2003 Black Throated Diver View Image Loch Slapin opposite Drinan - 2 groups of Black Throats(13) & (9) + further group of 4 opposite Elgol Pier - minimum of 26 for Lochs Slapin/Scavaig
7th Dec 2003 Common Scoter still 23 off Luib
6th Dec 2003 Whimbrel View Image single bird with a Curlew at Camusunary on Loch Scavaig - presumably the same bird which was seen at nearby Glen Scaladale on 9th November. It is unusual to find a wintering bird this far north.
6th Dec 2003 Common Crossbill View Image single bird flew s.west over Camusunary, Loch Scavaig, heading out to sea - not a conifer for miles!
3rd Dec 2003 Great Northern Diver View Image A total count of 40 between Camustianavaig and Ard Dorch at mouth of Loch Ainort. Many were moving into deeper water at the south end of Raasay as dusk approached, suggesting communal overnight roosting.
2nd Dec 2003 Barnacle Goose View Image small flock of 38 feeding on Staffin Island
2nd Dec 2003 Long-tailed Duck View Image single female at Camas Mor, Kilmuir. This is probably the most reliable place on Skye to see this species though it is often just a single bird.
2nd Dec 2003 Common Scoter Flock of c20 in Loch Ainort between Luib and Ard Dorch, all either females or imms.
1st Dec 2003 Coot View Image single adult bird seen on Loch Cill Chroisd, Strathaird. This is possibly the first Skye record for about 20+ years and birds have previously nested on this same loch. (p.s. bird remained on the loch for at least 3 weeks)
1st Dec 2003 Knot 4 birds at Harrapool
1st Dec 2003 Black tailed Godwit View Image single bird still at Waterloo

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