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
31st Dec 2005 Turnstone Good count of 52 at the head of Loch Brittle.
31st Dec 2005 Little Egret View Image bird still showing well at the top of Loch Harport at Drynoch.
30th Dec 2005 Little Auk Report from Tim Dix of total of 5 birds in outer Loch Snizort - seen from the ferry - this is the first report of the winter since a dead bird was found at Ashaig at the end of November.
28th Dec 2005 Little Egret View Image bird still showing well at the top of Loch Harport at Drynoch.
28th Dec 2005 Gadwall View Image pair feeding on the tidal edge at the top of Loch Sligachan - this is an unusual record for Skye especially in midwinter.
27th Dec 2005 Little Egret View Image Excellent find by Graham Leatherbarrow at the Drynoch salt marshes this morning - this would be the third record for Skye. The photograph was taken on the Uists about 6 weeks ago and there is just a possibility it could be the same bird.
26th Dec 2005 Purple Sandpiper View Image Report from Graham Leatherbarrow of 2 on Oronsay, Loch Bracadale - also 2 Turnstone.
25th Dec 2005 Great Northern Diver View Image a lovely still day for counting Divers before dinner - 23 between Kilmarie Bay and Glasnakille in late afternoon.
25th Dec 2005 Slavonian Grebe report from Martin Benson of 5 at Camas na Sgianadin, north of Broadford.
23rd Dec 2005 Barnacle Goose View Image two small groups of 24 and 17 just beside the road at Kilmaluag in Trotternish.
23rd Dec 2005 Barn Owl View Image report of a bird hunting beside the main road at Luib in late evening.
22nd Dec 2005 Merlin View Image Graham Leatherbarrow reports two separate sightings of a 'brown' Merlin at Ullinish.
17th Dec 2005 Long-tailed Duck View Image single female near the mussel farm in Loch Slapin, Strathaird.
15th Dec 2005 Snow Bunting View Image report from Graham Leatherbarrow of single bird on the Portree - Struan road.
14th Dec 2005 Fieldfare View Image flock of 80+ reported from Glendale
12th Dec 2005 Snow Bunting View Image Small group of 5 feeding on croftland at Elgol.
12th Dec 2005 Black-throated Diver View Image Nice feeding group of 11 in Loch Slapin in front of Glasnakille.
9th Dec 2005 Waxwing View Image report from Donald Brown of three outside Tigh na Drochaidh, Portree - only the second record of the winter.
5th Dec 2005 Water Rail First report for the winter with a sighting at Harrapool - a scarce species on Skye with only a few reports each winter.
4th Dec 2005 Twite View Image report from Sue Wells of 4 birds at The Obbe, Kyleakin.
3rd Dec 2005 Grey Plover View Image single bird only at Ardnish, Broadford.
3rd Dec 2005 Purple Sandpiper View Image Group of 3 and single bird feeding with Dunlin on Ardnish, Broadford.
3rd Dec 2005 Teal View Image Good count of 24 on The Obbe, Kyleakin.
3rd Dec 2005 Blackcap View Image Martin Benson had 3 females and a male near the Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree - yet another indication of what has been an astonishing autumn for this species.
3rd Dec 2005 Kingfisher an extremely good record for the west - Brian and Julie Neath had what was identified as a female in Strathcarron, near the junction of the A890/A896.

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