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 Jan 2005 Barn Owl View Image report from Sylvia of a bird at Staffin - continuing a run of widespread records this autumn/winter.
30th Jan 2005 Goldfinch Carole Millington at Ose reporting regular numbers coming to peanuts at Ose throughout January with a max of 13 on the 30th.
29th Jan 2005 White-tailed Eagle View Image Report of a 'pink' tagged (2003) bird at Tarskavaig and there was also a report of a 'green' tagged (2002) bird at nearby Ord on the 26th.
27th Jan 2005 Barnacle Goose View Image Scarce in Lochalsh, there was a report of 2 at Conchra and a single with Grey Lags at Dubh-aird, Plockton on the 27/1.
24th Jan 2005 Great Northern Diver View Image After a month of gales it has been extremely difficult to count Divers - there were 21 in Loch Slapin.
24th Jan 2005 Black Throated Diver View Image Count of 10 in Loch Slapin with birds spread between Kilmarie Bay and Glasnakille.
24th Jan 2005 Iceland Gull View Image Report from Brian Neath of 2 x 2nd winter birds at Balmacara Bay, Lochalsh.
24th Jan 2005 Slavonian Grebe This is a scarce bird in Lochalsh so a single at Nostie Bay was unusual.
24th Jan 2005 Little Auk Report of at least 2 off Glenelg - there have been regular reports from this area in previous winters.
23rd Jan 2005 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter bird in Portree Harbour.
23rd Jan 2005 Barnacle Goose View Image Single bird, presumably lost, all on its own in Loch Portree.
22nd Jan 2005 Little Auk The strong westerlies and northerlies have obviously brought birds in with a single at Port-an-eorna, Drumbuie, Lochalsh, and at least 5 in the Broadford Bay area.
22nd Jan 2005 Black-throated Diver View Image single off Port-an-eorna, Drumbuie, Lochalsh and 2 at Ashaig near Broadford.
22nd Jan 2005 Turnstone Larger numbers than usual in Broadford area with 30 at Ashaig and 26 at Broadford - difficult to say whether they were separate flocks.
21st Jan 2005 Water Rail bird injured on the road at Harrapool - released after examination and seemed to be ok.
21st Jan 2005 Long-tailed Duck View Image two adult females in Broadford Bay at east end of Waterloo.
21st Jan 2005 Common Scoter Still 2 in Loch Eishort opposite Drumfearn.
18th Jan 2005 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter bird at Kyleakin - in area of the moorings with Herring Gulls.
17th Jan 2005 Merlin View Image A possible male at Glasnakille to-day and a 'brown' bird near Dunvegan on the 15th.
16th Jan 2005 Iceland Gull View Image Report from Brian Neath of 2nd winter bird at Croe Saltings, Lochalsh.
16th Jan 2005 Bullfinch Unusual call at Isle Ornsay -'like a toy trumpet' - identified by Roger Cottis as a 'northern' Bullfinch - this is the third report from Skye and Lochalsh this winter.
13th Jan 2005 Barnacle Geese two small flocks found to-day in Trotternish - 63 at Staffin and 52 at Kilmaluag.
13th Jan 2005 Northern Gannet View Image scarce in winter there was a single adult off Staffin slipway.
13th Jan 2005 Jack Snipe View Image single bird still at Glas Eilean, Broadford.
10th Jan 2005 Teal View Image Count of 30 at Reraig, Lochalsh.
9th Jan 2005 Ruddy Turnstone View Image Flock of 20+ braving the elements at Camasunary on Loch Scavaig.
9th Jan 2005 Whooper Swan View Image Report from Dave Monks of group of 4 on reservoir at Strathaird Farm near Elgol. WWT are co-ordinating an International Whooper Census this coming week-end (15th/16th) so please forward all your Skye records and these will be passed on.
2nd Jan 2005 Purple Sandpiper View Image Single bird only feeding with Dunlin at Waterloo near Broadford.
1st Jan 2005 Knot Report of 3 in Broadford Bay at Harrapool- unusual in winter.
1st Jan 2005 Magpie Further report from Pat Newman of a bird between Aird and Tormore, Sleat - probably the same bird seen on Christmas Day.

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