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
29th Feb 2004 Jack Snipe View Image Report of single at Camus Malag, Torrin.
28th Feb 2004 Weather related records South Skye had probably had its biggest fall of snow for many years. Look out for Snow Buntings forced on to low ground and feeding on exposed grass seed heads, there was a female at the roadside in Strathaird. Woodcock have also been forced out to feed and there was one in our garden at Elgol as well as two by the roadside near Torrin.
27th Feb 2004 Unusual Garden Bird Records The exceptionally bad weather has brought a number of unusual reports including a Brambling on nuts at Ose, Goldfinches on nuts in Elgol, as well as Snipe and Skylarks in gardens. In Lochalsh there have been reports of Woodcock and Redwing. As well as our wintering birds many returning breeders such as Skylarks, Pied Wagtails and Song Thrushes will be finding it pretty hard over the next few days so try and put out some extra food. Please let the site know of any unusual records in your garden.
23rd Feb 2004 Barnacle Goose View Image Report form John Phillips and Sarah Kay of flock of 63 on croftland at Staffin Bay. Flock of 20 Grey Lags and a single Pink Foot in the same area - though thousands of Pinks overfly Skye on migration there are rarely reports from ground level!
22nd Feb 2004 Lapwing spring birds have been arriving back over the last week with 14 at Ardnish during WeBS count of gt. Broadford Bay
22nd Feb 2004 Jack Snipe View Image single at Ardnish, Broadford, during WeBS count.
22nd Feb 2004 Greater White-fronted Goose View Image Flock of 51 on Ardnish during WeBS count of gt. Broadford Bay
20th Feb 2004 Great Northern Diver View Image Big count of 44 in Loch Slapin between Kilmarie and Glasnakille - there may have been an influx with the settled weather, though the calm conditions are excellent for seeing Divers
20th Feb 2004 Black-throated Diver View Image Count of 20 in Loch Slapin
20th Feb 2004 Brambling View Image Report from Josephine Dean of 9 Bramblings in her garden in Lochcarron
19th Feb 2004 Little Auk Report of a single bird at Kylerhea
16th Feb 2004 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image Count of 8 at high tide on Portree Loch is unusual - other waders included a single Greenshank, 45 Curlew and 82 Oystercatcher
15th Feb 2004 Common Scoter report from Dave Rogers of 4 off Waterloo/Ardnish, Broadford.
14th Feb 2004 Little Auk 3 off Eyre Point, Raasay
14th Feb 2004 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 off Eyre Point, Raasay
13th Feb 2004 Red-throated diver View Image Count of 11 in Loch na Sgianadin, north Broadford.
13th Feb 2004 Black-throated Diver View Image Count of 18 in Loch Slapin opposite Drinan
12th Feb 2004 Whimbrel View Image Wintering bird at Camusunary, Loch Scavaig - it is paired up with a Curlew and was recorded in November and December 2003. There are many more sheltered places than Camusunary and like the locals (Bob included), it has endured horrendous weather over the last few weeks including 80 m.p.h. gales. Surely the weather in Africa would have been better!
12th Feb 2004 Red Throated Diver View Image Birds are normally absent from the Lochalsh sea lochs (Lochs Duich, Lochalsh, Carron and Long) in winter and reports from this date suggest they are moving back prior to occupying breeding lochs.
12th Feb 2004 Little Grebe View Image Good nos winter Lochalsh and 5 at Ardelve and 5 at Shiel Saltings is indicative of this.
11th Feb 2004 Purple Sandpiper View Image Good flock of 30 reported by Brian Neath at Eilean a Mhal, Plock of Kyle - much larger numbers than normal for Skye and Lochalsh
8th Feb 2004 White-tailed Eagle View Image adult bird above A850 Skye Bridge - Broadford road at Lusa.
(details of WTE sightings will only be provided where birds are well away from known or possible breeding territories)
8th Feb 2004 Greenshank wintering bird at Loch na Dal, Kinloch.
8th Feb 2004 Great Northern Diver View Image count of 7 birds between Kinloch and Isle Ornsay, Sleat
6th Feb 2004 Little Auk Report of a single bird at Kylerhea
5th Feb 2004 Water Rail report of a single bird in a garden on Raasay - possibly the first report from Raasay for many years.
4th Feb 2004 Iceland Gull View Image Adult bird reported from Loch Sligachan at Sconser
3rd Feb 2004 Merlin View Image single bird at Elgol

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