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
30th Aug 2004 Sanderling View Image A record from Brian Neath at Balmacara Bay, the first he has ever recorded in Lochalsh. At the same location there were 30 Ringed Plover, 9 Turnstone, a Knot and a group of Dunlin - a total of 8 species of waders.
26th Aug 2004 Short Eared Owl View Image Report of a road casualty on the Broadford - Armadale road (A851) near the Black Lochs
25th Aug 2004 Arctic Skua View Image report of 2 off Ardnish, Broadford - also 2 Bonxies.
25th Aug 2004 Common Tern View Image Report of 20 off Ardnish, Broadford
24th Aug 2004 Storm Petrel Another 4 though well offshore from Point of Sleat.
24th Aug 2004 Great Skua View Image The commonest Skua off our coast with up to 5 off Point of Sleat
23rd Aug 2004 Merlin View Image bird flew over the mudflats at Harrapool/Waterloo before heading south towards Heaste. A number of birds of prey have been seen in this area during the last week including Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.
23rd Aug 2004 Barn Owl View Image report from Peter Elford of a bird at Ullinish
22nd Aug 2004 Knot Small flock of 9 during WeBS count in greater Broadford Bay
21st Aug 2004 Storm Petrel On SWT outing to Neist Point at least 10 moving north. On the same day David Rogers had 3 from the Armadale-Mallaig Ferry.
21st Aug 2004 Great Skua View Image Count of 6 in sea watch off Neist Point from 1100 to 1400 hours.
18th Aug 2004 Peregrine View Image Elaine and Alan Horner reported a Peregrine from Ardnish, obviously attracted in by all the migrant waders. There was also a young female at Strathaird Point on the 19th.
18th Aug 2004 Bar Tailed Godwit View Image First report of the summer of 3 at Harrapool.
16th Aug 2004 Moorhen Juvenile seen on Loch Cill Chriosd in Strathaird - this is a species which is quite rare on Skye, nesting regularly at only one known location in the north of the island - records are always valuable.
15th Aug 2004 Sandwich Tern View Image Group of 4 on passage at Broadford Bay
15th Aug 2004 Arctic Skua View Image single bird seen in Broadford Bay - another species which is currently on the move around the Skye coast.
14th Aug 2004 Black tailed Godwit View Image Report from David Rogers of flock of 26 at Harrapool.
13th Aug 2004 Black-tailed Godwit View Image Report from Hugh Scott of 3 birds at The Obbe, Kyleakin - possibly the first time the species has been recorded here.
13th Aug 2004 Great Skua View Image Several birds seen from the Portree-Gairloch Ferry including 2 in outer Loch Portree and 2 off South Rona.
12th Aug 2004 Sanderling View Image Though this species occurs annually as a passage migrant on Skye it is relatively scarce. Three separate reprots from different locations on the same day is also unusual with singles at Pool Roag and Loch Brittle, and 3 at Harrapool.
12th Aug 2004 Ringed Plover View Image Good passage through the island with 50 at Pool Roag and 70 at Waterloo.
12th Aug 2004 Redshank Good passage of what are probably Icelandic birds - 50 at Pool Roag and 60 at Harrapool.
12th Aug 2004 White-tailed Eagle View Image Bird seen soaring above the Broadford-Portree road near Strollamus had yellow tags with a black V. It had fledged from a mainland site in 2000 so is still a sub-adult although looked in almost full adult plumage. This bird will not yet be breeding but will hopefully soon establish a new territory. The history of this bird was that it was seen several times in Wester Ross in 2000, then Sutherland and later Rum in the spring of 2001. In 2002 it was recorded in Mull and Skye. It was seen on several occasions in Morar in 2003. Like many young White-tails it has moved around a great deal.
12th Aug 2004 Swift Further report of flock of 50 Swifts at Loch Brittle which appeared to come in off the sea from the direction of Rum.
12th Aug 2004 Knot Report of single bird at Loch Brittle.
11th Aug 2004 Swift Report from Deirdre Peppe of a small flock of c10 above Carbost.
11th Aug 2004 Knot Small flock of 8 at Harrapool and 4 at nearby Waterloo on the 12th.
10th Aug 2004 Twite View Image Flock numbers steadily building up with c100 on croftland at Elgol
10th Aug 2004 Swift Report from Alison MacLennan of min. of 200 birds between 1950 and 2010 hours in the Harrapool-Waterloo area of Broadford. Some of these birds were extremely high. This is an unprecedented count for Skye which has no breeding record and where only small numbers of passage birds are recorded each summer.
8th Aug 2004 Ring Ouzel View Image Report of 2 birds on Sgurr nan Each near the head of Loch Slapin - difficult to say whether they were migrants or late breeding birds.

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