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 Nov 2005 Blackcap View Image report from Loraine Card of male feeding on peanuts in garden in Kyleakin
29th Nov 2005 Black-throated Diver View Image count of 9 in Loch Slapin.
29th Nov 2005 Goldfinch not too numerous in Lochalsh there were 2 at Carr Brae then 7 at Drumbuie on the 2nd Dec.
29th Nov 2005 Siskin Good report from Brian Neath of 42 in his garden on Carr Brae, Dornie
28th Nov 2005 Dipper with the continuing cold spells many Dippers have moved down the burns towards the sea shore so 3 in Kilmarie Bay was unusual.
28th Nov 2005 Little Auk Again with the recent northerlies this is a species which is likely to be seen. Unfortunately John Jones picked up a recently dead bird at Ashaig, Broadford.
27th Nov 2005 Turnstone Good count of 28 at Harrapool.
27th Nov 2005 Barnacle Goose View Image report from Marjorie MacInnes of flock of 85 feeding at Claigan, Dunvegan.
27th Nov 2005 Lapwing flock of 14 at Claigan, Dunvegan.
27th Nov 2005 Snow Bunting View Image Following the cold northerlies it is worth looking out for Snow Buntings at the moment - there were 7 in Bob's 'garden' at Elgol this morning.
27th Nov 2005 Knot report from Martin Benson of a single bird at Harrapool
24th Nov 2005 Blackcap View Image another report from Christine MacKenzie at Torrin of male and female Blackcap feeding at her bird table.
22nd Nov 2005 Blackcap View Image report from Bruce McGhie of one possibly two birds in their garden at Portree.
20th Nov 2005 Jack Snipe View Image single bird recorded near Kilvaxter in Trotternish.
20th Nov 2005 Little Grebe View Image report from Dave Monks of two in Loch Slapin off Faoilean. Some birds remain on freshwater on Skye in the winter but probably forced to the sea with the recent frosts.
18th Nov 2005 Greenland White-front Goose View Image The Broadford 'flock' has built up to 35.
18th Nov 2005 Snipe Count of 12 on walk round Ardnish, Broadford - the frosty weather has obviously moved some birds to the coast.
18th Nov 2005 Slavonian Grebe Count of 7 off Ardnish, Broadford.
18th Nov 2005 Great Northern Diver View Image count of 20 off Ardnish, Broadford.
17th Nov 2005 Turnstone Count of 50 at Kilmarie Bay, Loch Slapin - this is about twice the seasonal average for this site.
17th Nov 2005 Black throated Diver View Image Count of 10 in Loch Slapin
16th Nov 2005 Teal View Image count of 39 in Loch Dunvegan.
16th Nov 2005 Lapwing there is normally a wintering flock in the area of Vatten near Dunvegan and a count of c80 is above average.
16th Nov 2005 Golden Plover small flock of 14 in Loch Dunvegan.
16th Nov 2005 Long-eared Owl View Image report from Peter Elford of a bird hunting in late afternoon near Ullinish
16th Nov 2005 Blackcap View Image yet another report, this time from Ord in Sleat.
15th Nov 2005 Whooper Swan View Image report from Sue Wells of family group of 2 adults and 2 juveniles at The Obbe Kyleakin.
15th Nov 2005 Twite View Image report of single bird on the shore at Kyleakin - most of our birds have migrated south for the winter.
12th Nov 2005 Gannet still a single adult bird seen from the ferry off Uig.
11th Nov 2005 Peregrine Falcon Graham Leatherbarrow reporting a bird causing panic amongst Rock Doves at Ullinish.
9th Nov 2005 Blackcap View Image another report from Polly Bryan - this time a single in a garden at Broadford. Also a report of a male bird in Elgol on the same date.
9th Nov 2005 Brambling View Image Report from Peter Elford of a single feeding with Chaffinches at Ullinish - it may be a good Brambling year though historically very few seem to winter with us.
9th Nov 2005 Gannet still c10 off Waternish Point.
8th Nov 2005 Lapwing Two separate reports in the Broadford area with 11 at Breakish and 8 at Suardal. This species is scarce in winter in the south of the island. There is every possibility that these birds were blown in by the gales of the 7th. After the January gales Lapwings arrived in Norway and it is thought that they may have originated in the Uists!
5th Nov 2005 Whooper Swan View Image Group of 16 at Loch Suardal.
5th Nov 2005 Goldeneye First report of the winter with 2 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan.
4th Nov 2005 Blackcap View Image report from Hugh Scott of up to 6 Blackcap in their garden at Kyleakin - such a high number is extremely unusual.
4th Nov 2005 Jack Snipe View Image report from William Davis of a single bird at Braes.
2nd Nov 2005 Whooper Swan View Image Herd of 30 flying over Breakish - report from Steve Birch.
1st Nov 2005 Storm Petrel Report from Stephen Bungard of a grounded bird beside his home on Raasay which was assisted back on the wing. Probably a victim of the current winds. This is a late date for this pelagic species.
1st Nov 2005 Short-eared Owl View Image Further report of a bird in the Breakish area - this time near the hall.

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