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 Jul 2004 Oystercatcher Count of c535 birds between Broadford, Harrapool, Waterloo and Ashaig. Migrant wader numbers are building up especially with the current High Pressure system which is encouraging many birds to move.
29th Jul 2004 Black-tailed Godwit View Image Group of 4 in summer plumage feeding at Pool Roag near Dunvegan.
28th Jul 2004 Whimbrel View Image single bird in Broadford Bay at Harrapool - return passage has commenced.
21st Jul 2004 Raven Count of 140 at the Portree Waste Reception Centre - the dump! This is a regular feeding spot for Skye Ravens who are also adept at removing rubbish bags from wheelie bins.
19th Jul 2004 Sandwich Tern View Image single bird with Artic Terns at Ardnish nr. Broadford.
19th Jul 2004 Greenshank Passage numbers are beginning to build up in the Broadford Bay area with 12 counted at High Tide.
18th Jul 2004 Black tailed Godwit View Image Excellent report from John Phillips of a flock of 29 birds feeding at low tide at Lower Breakish, Broadford. These are in all probability Icelandic birds and this is the best time to catch them on brief stopovers in Skye - the Broadford area is best, at Harrapool and nearby Adnish.
16th Jul 2004 Corncrake View Image Data provided by Alison MacLennan of the RSPB suggest that 2004 has been the best year on Skye since the 1980's. It has been estimated that males were calling in 32 territories, all in the north of the island, which is extremely encouraging.
16th Jul 2004 Hen Harrier View Image Further update on this year's breeding survey. A total of 12 young have now fledged from 4 sites. In addition there are a further 2 pairs with late broods which will not fledge until early August. This is the most successful season for Harriers in the last 5 years. Casual observations are still extremely important as fledged birds tend to remain near their home territories for several weeks and are still dependant on the adult females for food (the males usually disappear from home ranges at this time).
14th Jul 2004 Eider moulting flock in Loch Ainort near Luib is already building up with 80 birds.
11th Jul 2004 Twite View Image This is a good time to see flocks of Twite as family groups merge and move on to the crofts to feed on the seed heads of tall grasses. Flocks in the Elgol area are currently 20-30 and these normally build up over the next few weeks. The largest flock recorded last year was 350 at Roag.
7th Jul 2004 Northern Lapwing View Image Interesting report of a small flock of Lapwing (15)at Loch a Gbrobain, Glen Drynoch, which are probably post-breeders on the move. At the same time 2 pairs are still persevering in trying to produce young at Strath Suardal with chicks about 10 days old.

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