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
29th Jun 2005 Great Skua View Image report from Highland Ranger Service of single bird at Waternish Point
29th Jun 2005 Manx Shearwater View Image movement of c200 at Waternish Point - report from Sarah Kay, Highland Ranger Service.
27th Jun 2005 Tufted Duck View Image Interesting group of 10 adults in Broadford Bay - clearly passage birds and possibly failed breeders.
26th Jun 2005 Heron Count of 25+ Herons on Eilean a Mhal, Kyle of Lochalsh - probably including some young birds.
23rd Jun 2005 Puffin Further report of a Puffin in Lochalsh off Reraig which is extremely unusual. This follows other reports of birds close inshore on the Skye coast prompting questions as to whether we are seeing some responses to food shortages?
17th Jun 2005 Bee Eater Unconfirmed report from visitor of a Bee Eater on overhead wires at Gillen, Waternish NG266608 - sorry no further details and if anyone out there can have a look it would be helpful! It is the time of year when it is perfectly possible.
16th Jun 2005 Greylag Goose View Image Historically birds have always bred in the Dunvegan area so 4 pairs with 9 goslings was encouraging. In addition there was a non-breeding flock of 16. A report of 30+ on nearby Isay further reflects the good numbers in the area.
16th Jun 2005 Arctic Skua View Image Report from Marjorie MacInnes of a single bird on Loch Dunvegan.
15th Jun 2005 Corncrake View Image Report of a calling bird at Elgol - the first report in the area for 'years'. Generally speaking birds are pretty scarce in the south of Skye so this report from a former haunt is especially welcome.
15th Jun 2005 Red Kite View Image Report from Margaret Jones of a Red kite at the Fairy Bridge, Waternish - though there are sightings annually they are normally later in the summer and into autumn.
14th Jun 2005 Dotterel View Image Report of a single bird, possibly a female, along with several Golden Plover at 450m in the Red Cuillins. There has never been a breeding record from Skye and there appear to be increasing records over the last few years.
12th Jun 2005 White-tailed Eagle View Image Report from Grace Yoxon of IOSF of blue tagged bird seen at Kilchrist Church and Loch Cill Chroisd in Strathaird on 8th, 9th and to-day. This is probably Blue T which has been in the general area for the last year. The attraction at the moment may be the young rabbits which are prolific in the area.
12th Jun 2005 ChiffChaff Report from Marjorie MacInnes of a pair at Claigan. There was also a singing bird at nearby Dunvegan Castle on the 10th.
11th Jun 2005 Barn Owl View Image A single outside Broadford on the Elgol road - a record at this time would suggest birds breeding in the area.
9th Jun 2005 Puffin single Puffin seen at Port-an-eorna, outer Loch Carron during SWT/SWRFC outing - this is an unusual record at this site which is regularly visited by Brian Neath and others.
7th Jun 2005 Common Crossbill View Image Party of 16 including some juveniles in the forestry plantation near Balmeanach, Ullinish - this is the largest flock recorded on Skye for some years.
3rd Jun 2005 Albino House Sparrow View Image Two separate reports of albino sparrows at Isle Ornsay - two young birds are albino and obviously part of the same brood - it is unusual enough to have a single albino but two in the same brood is exceptional.

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