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
28th Feb 2006 Lanner Falcon View Image Just in case anyone out there has seen an unusual falcon, Euan and Jenny Naylor have lost a Lanner from the Isle of Skye Falconry Centre at Kensaleyre (see photograph). If you have seen a bird which may be an escapee please contact them on 01470 532489.
26th Feb 2006 Pink-footed Goose View Image numbers with the Greylags at Reraig have now increased to 4.
26th Feb 2006 Pied Wagtail View Image a single at Balmacara is Brian Neath's first record in Lochalsh since the autumn.
23rd Feb 2006 Merlin View Image report from David Rogers of female at Waterloo
22nd Feb 2006 Iceland Gull View Image This has been a scarce species this winter so a report from Brian Neath of a possible 3rd winter bird at Eilean Donan, Dornie, is very welcome.
22nd Feb 2006 Little Grebe View Image A count of 8 at Sallachy, Loch Long, Lochalsh is exceptional.
22nd Feb 2006 Black-throated Diver View Image count of 12 (2 groups of 6) in Loch Slapin at Glasnakille.
21st Feb 2006 White-tailed Eagle View Image For confidentiality reasons we tend not to mention many sightings of Sea Eagles but highlight marked juveniles or other unusual records. However to-day was an exceptional day weather wise and I watched a total of 7 white-tails thermalling to c3000' from Beinn Uigshader south of Edinbane. This web site has avoided making comment on the local windfarm debate which unfortunately is not always terribly well informed and has suffered as a result of poor quality Environmental Impact Assessments. RMcM has expressed his concerns elsewhere about developments in this area and the potential risks to Golden and White-tailed Eagle populations. In 6 years of watching raptors on Skye this is the largest count of White-tailed Eagles I have seen - slap bang in the middle of a probable windfarm site!
21st Feb 2006 Lapwing Numbers slowly building up with report from Alan and Elaine Horner of 18 at Lower Breakish and 24 at Loch Cill Chriosd.
21st Feb 2006 Slavonian Grebe There are few records from Lochalsh so 3 at Port Cam, Drumbuie was unusual.
21st Feb 2006 Black-throated Diver View Image Another good record from Brian Neath with 3 at Port an-eorna, Lochalsh.
19th Feb 2006 Highland and Moray Bird Race A local team comprising Brian Neath, Roger Cottis, Martin Benson, John Phillips and 'yours truly' participated in the bird race yesterday restricting our activities to Skye. This is a sponsored event with funds partly going to SWT. We recorded 75 species (3 more than last year). Highlights included a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Ord, Jack Snipe, Grey Plover and Purple Sandpiper Sandpiper at Ardnish, and the wintering pair of Gadwall at Sligachan. The superb weather also brought out two separate pairs of Golden Eagles. Any post-event sponsorship would be most welcome.
19th Feb 2006 White-tailed Eagle View Image Report from Sylvia Porter of a sub-adult bird (Red S) at Waternish Point - it now appears that this is one of the Mull chicks "Itchy" or "Scratchy" which featured in Simon King's televised broadcasts last year - it is not unusual for young birds to range extensively in their first year.
17th Feb 2006 Pink footed Goose View Image report of 3 along with the usual Geylags at Reraig, Lochalsh.
17th Feb 2006 Heron report from Brian Neath of 18 occupied Heron nests at Eilean a Mhal, Plock of Kyle.
14th Feb 2006 Skylark View Image this species is usually absent in winter so a flock of 15 at Elgol (Rob Day) is a good sign that spring is round the corner.
8th Feb 2006 Twite View Image report from Brian Neath of single bird at Ardelve.
7th Feb 2006 Lapwing small flock of 9 at Lower Breakish - spring is coming.-
5th Feb 2006 Shelduck numbers buiding up with 10 in Broadford Bay
5th Feb 2006 Goldeneye John Phillips had a count of 11 in the Ardnish, Broadford, area - 4 mm and 7ff.
2nd Feb 2006 Grey Plover View Image 3 at Ardnish, Broadford.
2nd Feb 2006 Purple Sandpiper View Image minimum of 6 at Ardnish + 17 Turnstone.
2nd Feb 2006 Merlin View Image a male seen by Dave Monks near Loch Cill Chriosd
2nd Feb 2006 Goldeneye Good count of 9 on the Storr Lochs (T.Dix)
1st Feb 2006 White-tailed Eagle View Image report from Sylvia Porter of a blue tagged bird (possibly F) at the Staffin Slip then moving to Staffin Island. This settled weather is extremely good for observing Eagles.

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