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 2005 Whimbrel View Image Small numbers passing through Broadford Bay with 3 at Harrapool on the 29th and 4 to-day.
30th Aug 2005 Grey-lag Goose View Image Report from Carl Farmer of a flock of 100 at Kingsburgh - a big count.
29th Aug 2005 Great Skua View Image Report from Andy Stables of 7 moving south at Milovaig Pier. Also 4 in outer Broadford Bay on the north side of Pabay.
29th Aug 2005 Goosander View Image Exceptional count of 20 at high tide in Loch Portree.
29th Aug 2005 Sanderling View Image Still good numbers passing through with 22 at Harrapool - and 14 on the 30th.
28th Aug 2005 Storm Petrel With the strong south-westerlies, conditions are good for sea watching - there were 2 Stormies off Strathaird Point early this afternoon as well as good movements of Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Kittiwake and Gannet.
28th Aug 2005 Sanderling View Image Martin Benson had a count of 42 at Harrapool in the evening - this appears to be the largest number recorded on Skye.
27th Aug 2005 Arctic Skua View Image 3 in Broadford Bay off Pabay.
27th Aug 2005 Bar tailed Godwit View Image 13 at Waterloo near Broadford.
25th Aug 2005 Bar tailed Godwit View Image 6 at Harrapool/Waterloo along with 2 Whimbrel.
24th Aug 2005 Knot Report from Dave Rogers of flock of 60 Knot at Harrapool - this is the biggest count recorded on Skye for this species.
23rd Aug 2005 Sanderling View Image Excellent count of 9 in front of Harrapool as well as 230+ Dunlin.
22nd Aug 2005 Peregrine View Image ...and unfortunately 1 less wader of Peregrine taking a Godwit at Ashaig, Broadford. This is a good time to see Peregrines obviously attracted by the availability of prey.
21st Aug 2005 .....and more waders Martin Benson reporting continued passage through Harrapool/Waterloo with 18 Knot, 8 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Bar tailed Godwit as well as Sanderling, 4 Turnstone and a Sandwich Tern.
19th Aug 2005 Knot still a count of 12 at Waterloo/Harrapool - also a single at Pool Roag, Dunvegan.
19th Aug 2005 Whimbrel View Image 2 at Pool Roag near Dunvegan.
18th Aug 2005 Whimbrel View Image Good numbers moving south with a single at Strathaird Point, 3 at Ashaig, and a super flock of 27 at Waterloo (Broadford Bay)
17th Aug 2005 ....and more waders Continuing the Harrapool reports 12 Knot and 10 Black-tailed Godwit at 1400 hours - despite terrible weather.
16th Aug 2005 Storm Petrel Just a single showing off Strathaird Point in the late afternoon.
16th Aug 2005 Waders Excellent wader passage at the moment at Harrapool/Waterloo with c230 Dunlin, 50+ Ringed Plover, 6 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 3 Greenshank as well as a few Black tailed/ Bar tailed Godwits. (Martin Benson/David Rogers)
15th Aug 2005 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still 3 at Harrapool/Waterloo - an adult and 2 juveniles.
15th Aug 2005 Sanderling View Image single at Harrapool with Dunlin.
14th Aug 2005 Great Skua View Image Count of 5 at Neist Point.
14th Aug 2005 Red breasted Merganser View Image Moulting flock in Loch Ainort has built up to 44.
14th Aug 2005 Short eared Owl View Image Report of a single at Ullinish - the first report for some time.
13th Aug 2005 Black tailed Godwit View Image Count of 13 in front of Harrapool - waders beginning to pass through with 53 Dunlin and 28 Ringed Plover in the same area of Broadford Bay.(Martin Benson)
13th Aug 2005 Reed Bunting View Image At least 4 and possibly more reported from Liz Phillips at Waterloo, Broadford.
9th Aug 2005 Great Skua View Image report from Brian Neath of 7 resting on the sea in outer Loch Carron, observed from Port an Eorna.
9th Aug 2005 Black Guillemot View Image Count of 40 including juveniles in outer Loch Carron - seen from Port an Eorna.
7th Aug 2005 Greenshank Count of 21 in Ardnish area of Broadford, with as many as 17 at a high tide roost in the Obbe. This is the highest peak count for the species in recent years.
3rd Aug 2005 Golden Eagle View Image The Golden Eagle population on Skye is monitored annually by Ken Crane and Kate Nellist. During the course of 2005, 34 Golden Eagle home ranges were checked on Skye and Raasay of which 31 held territorial pairs. At least 19 pairs either failed in their breeding attempt or simply did not nest. The remaining 12 pairs bred successfully each producing a single fledged young. This is poor productivity, well below average, but is probably due to bad weather in winter and late spring. This is the first occasion that 'surplus' birds could not be sent to the Irish Golden Eagle Reintroduction Programme.
3rd Aug 2005 Nightjar Report from Mark Spencer Ellis of a female, with a recently broken wing, found beside the road near Kylerhea. Whilst there have been reports of churring birds during the last few years these have never been confirmed. Sadly it appears that this bird has been the victim of a car strike. However it appears to be the first confirmed record for Skye in over 100 years.
1st Aug 2005 Arctic Skua View Image Max count of 4 in Broadford Bay giving stick to Common Terns which seem to be nesting in good numbers on Pabay.

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