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
31st Jan 2004 Barnacle Goose View Image Flock of 63 in field just north of Loch Mealt and small flock of 12 at Kilmuir
31st Jan 2004 Greenland White-fronted Goose A good day for sightings with 54 seen at Lower Breakish, and a small group of 5 at Suardal, Broadford. There was also a flock of 35 at Eilean Chaluim Chille, Kilmuir - if anyone has any knowledge of this flock in the north of the island please get in touch.
31st Jan 2004 Common Scoter small flock of 10 in usual spot on Loch Ainort between Ard Dorch and Luib
29th Jan 2004 Brambling View Image feeding at bird table on Isle Ornsay for the last few days during the hard weather
25th Jan 2004 Little Auk single at Loch na Sgianadin near Broadford. Also report from Brian Neath of 4 in Outer Loch Carron so this is a good time to look for this elusive species.
25th Jan 2004 Diver sp. WeBS count of Greater Broadford Bay found 25 Great Northerns, 11 Red Throats and 2 Black Throats
25th Jan 2004 Purple Sandpiper View Image group of 7 at Ardnish, Broadford.
25th Jan 2004 Grey Plover View Image scarcer than normal this winter but single at Ardnish, Broadford.
25th Jan 2004 Scoters WeBS count in Broadford Bay found 3 Common and a single Velvet
25th Jan 2004 Slavonian Grebe 5 in WeBS count of Greater Broadford Bay
24th Jan 2004 Grey Wagtail View Image regular wintering bird at Elgol Pier
24th Jan 2004 Black Throated Diver View Image c10 in Loch Slapin opp. Glasnakille
24th Jan 2004 Goldfinch flock of 20 at Lower Breakish
21st Jan 2004 Song Thrush View Image First song of the year at Elgol - a little premature!
18th Jan 2004 Barn Owl View Image single at Elgol
17th Jan 2004 Common Scoter small flock of 11 at Loch Harport opp. Carbost
17th Jan 2004 Black-throated Diver View Image Group of 5 near Eabost West, Loch Bracadale
17th Jan 2004 Golden Plover Flock of 57 at the head of Loch Caroy
17th Jan 2004 Carrion Crow View Image a single near Harlosh
16th Jan 2004 Little Auk 2 in outer Portree Loch
13th Jan 2004 Slavonian Grebe Count of 8 from Loch na Sgianadin, Loch na Cairidh and Loch Ainort.
13th Jan 2004 Red Breasted Merganser View Image Count of 57 between Loch na Sgianadin and Ard Dorch
13th Jan 2004 Common Scoter Only a single bird found off Luib so others must have dispersed
12th Jan 2004 Water Rail Bird seen in a garden in Harrapool - being aggressive towards Blackbird
3rd Jan 2004 Common Scoter Broadford Bay opposite co-op - 2 females to-gether.
2nd Jan 2004 Great Northern Diver View Image Ardnish, Broadford Bay - count of 22 on walk round Ardnish as well as 4 Red Throats and 3 Black Throats
2nd Jan 2004 Velvet Scoter Ardnish, Broadford - 2 separate birds though not to-gether, a female on its own and an immature along with Red-breasted Mergansers
2nd Jan 2004 Slavonian Grebe Ardnish, Broadford - count of 6 during walk round Ardnish

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