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
27th Mar 2004 White-tailed Eagle View Image Adult bird seen over Drumfearn, Sleat
27th Mar 2004 Northern Wheatear View Image Spring is here and invariably the Wheatear is the first migrant to arrive - 1st report from the Highland Ranger Service walk to Point of Sleat on 27th March. Several birds were reported from Staffin Slip on the 29th and there were 2 at Loch Slapin on the 31st. The first report from Lochalsh was was from Carr Braes on the 31st
26th Mar 2004 Whooper Swan View Image More reports of herds of Whoopers flying north with reports of 15 at Loch Caroy and 18 near Teangue on Sleat.
25th Mar 2004 Whooper Swan View Image Look out for birds passing through on return migration to Iceland, with recent reports from Drynoch and Isle Ornsay
24th Mar 2004 Common Scoter Though most of the wintering groups have now dispersed there were still 2 in Loch na Cairidh opposite Ard Dorch.
21st Mar 2004 Red-throated Diver View Image Count of 18, 15 of which were in a flock viewed on the Scalpay shore from Camas na Sgianadin - presumably a pre breeding group. Flocking of this size is unusual on Skye.
21st Mar 2004 Jack Snipe View Image single bird recorded by Sarah Kay during WeBS count at Ardnish, Broadford Bay.
20th Mar 2004 Barnacle Geese During the Highland Ranger Service 'wet' walk to the Coral Beach area a count of 300 geese was made on the island of Isay, one of their favourite haunts on Skye.
20th Mar 2004 Canada Goose View Image Report of 3 in a field at Ardelve, Lochalsh. This species is pretty rare in the area and according to Brian Neath this is only the 4th record for Lochalsh - there are even fewer records from Skye itself.
13th Mar 2004 Reed Bunting View Image Although our snow had a quick shift it is still pretty cold and two birds turned up at a bird table at Ose which has also attracted Goldfinch and Brambling. There was also a male Reed Bunting at Elgol on the 10th. Reed Buntings are not particularly common on Skye, although last year's breeding season appears to have been good.
12th Mar 2004 Iceland Gull View Image Probable 1st winter bird showing well amongst Herring Gulls in Loch Portree immediately in front of the public car park as you enter the town.
10th Mar 2004 Hen Harrier View Image Report of a male hunting the Struan/Gearymore area - Hen Harriers are now moving back into territories and there have been reports from a number of areas. As there is a national breeding census in the UK this year we are anxious to receive any reports of casual sightings or possible pairs. If reports are from possible breeding areas these will not be published on the site.
9th Mar 2004 Slavonian Grebe Count of 10 between Ardnish and Lusa, near Broadford.
8th Mar 2004 Great Northern Diver View Image Count of 39 along south side of Loch Eishort from Ord to Tarskavaig. On 9th March there was a count of 60 between Waterloo and Lusa in the greater Broadford Bay. Both these counts suggest a spring build-up of numbers.
7th Mar 2004 Slavonian Grebe This species is rarely recorded on the west coast of Skye so a single in Kilmarie Bay, Loch Slapin, is unusual
7th Mar 2004 Black-throated Diver View Image 8 in Loch Slapin opposite Glasnakille
5th Mar 2004 Jack Snipe View Image Following the run of good records there is a report of 3 birds at Isle Ornsay and a single there on the 6th - further indications of a strong movement of birds through Skye.
2nd Mar 2004 Ruddy Turnstone View Image Flock of 20+ at High Tide in Loch Brittle
1st Mar 2004 White-tailed Eagle View Image Report of an immature bird (no tags) spooking 43 Herons from the Heronry at Eilean a 'Mhal, Plockton - a spectacular site!
1st Mar 2004 Jack Snipe View Image Report of single from Plock of Kyle. That is now 3 separate reports from Skye and Lochalsh within 10 days which is quite unusual, observations which may well be weather related.

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