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 Jun 2004 Hen Harrier View Image Breeding Survey on Skye. It is still too early to provide final details but the season appears to be mixed. Though there have been casual reports of birds in the south of the island, and birds in at least two territories the present position is unclear. In the north of the island pairs have occupied at least six territories. Here, preliminary results are mixed with probable failures during incubation. On a positive note a brood of three is about to fledge from a new site, and two pairs nested within 500 metres of each other. Please keep passing any casual records. (Would the individual who e-mailed a sighting a few days ago please contact me again as the the message was inadvertantly deleted.)
11th Jun 2004 Short - Eared Owl View Image single seen hunting young forestry plantation near Edinbane.
10th Jun 2004 White-tailed Eagle View Image A juvenile was seen at the head of Loch Slapin, 2 miles north of Torrin and was also there on the 11th. It has blue tags with a black letter T. This bird fledged in 2002 and has moved around a great deal since. For example in 2003 it was in Loch Eriboll, Sutherland on 8th May, then at Glen Hinnisdal, Skye on 14th July before being seen on Rum on 21st September.

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