Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye
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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 Peter Stronach (  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 www.highlandbirds.scot. 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' - http://blx1.bto.org/birdtrack.  Records sent to us are also submitted to Birdtrack.

Date Species Image Details
30th Apr 2006 Tree Pipit View Image further report from woodland at Tokavaig, Sleat (MBenson)
30th Apr 2006 White Wagtail View Image single on the shore at Ord, Sleat (MBenson)
30th Apr 2006 Whinchat View Image first report from Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BNeath)
30th Apr 2006 Whinchat View Image another report - this time from Steve Clarke at Kensaleyre.
30th Apr 2006 House Martin View Image 2 over Loch Pooltiel (AS)
30th Apr 2006 White Wagtail View Image good group of 5 at Meanish Pier (AS)
30th Apr 2006 Linnet good record of a pair along with 5 Twite at Lower Milovaig. (AS)
30th Apr 2006 Garden Warbler singing bird at Carr Brae - despite our cold weather this is the earliest date Brian Neath has recorded singing.
29th Apr 2006 'Comic' Tern report from Peter Elford of a Tern sp at Dunvegan - not sure whether Common or Arctic - irrespective it is a good early record.
29th Apr 2006 Sand Martin View Image several appear to be trying to excavate nest sites in the exposed substrate of the new Sleat road (Roger Cottis)
29th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image 8 stragglers on Loch nan Dubrachan, Sleat (RC)
29th Apr 2006 Tufted Duck View Image Roger Cottis recorded 2 pairs on Loch nan Dubrachan, Sleat - there are very few records from the south of Skye.
29th Apr 2006 Sand Martin View Image single bird over Loch Pooltiel (AS)
28th Apr 2006 House Martin View Image another report from Crawford Godfrey at the River Snizort
28th Apr 2006 Whinchat View Image a belated record of a single at Balmeanach, Struan.
28th Apr 2006 Canada Goose View Image a single straggler on Loch Slapin - where has it been and where is it going?
28th Apr 2006 Redshank good spring flock of 17 in Broadford Bay - probably Icelandic birds - (martin benson)
28th Apr 2006 Grasshopper Warbler first of the year from Brian Neath - a reeling bird at Ardelve.
28th Apr 2006 Wood Warbler report of a singing bird at Duisdale, Sleat (Roger Cottis)
28th Apr 2006 Tree Pipit View Image first report for Skye with a singing bird at Kinloch (Hugh Insley)
27th Apr 2006 Whimbrel View Image flock of 10 flying north over Glasnakille
27th Apr 2006 Willow Warbler View Image now arrived en masse with 15-20 singing birds in woodland at Glasnakille.
27th Apr 2006 Wood Warbler first report of the spring from Brian Neath at Carr Brae, Dornie.
27th Apr 2006 House Martin View Image report of 20+ at Kyleakin - first so far (Elaine & Alan Horner)
26th Apr 2006 Cuckoo reports from Broadford (MBenson) and Kyleakin (Dan Boothby).
26th Apr 2006 Great Skua View Image single bird passing Rubh an Dunain Loch Brittle (Sarah Kay)
26th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image 3 stragglers on the freshwater pool at Rubh an Dunain Loch Brittle (Sarah Kay)
24th Apr 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single bird at Broadford Bay (M.Benson)
24th Apr 2006 Cuckoo report from Tim Moore of a calling bird at Heronfield, Portree - summer migrants are still struggling through but we probably need a spell of warm settled weather to help things.
24th Apr 2006 Linnet report from Brian Neath of a flock of 15 at Drumbuie, Lochalsh - also 20 Twite.
23rd Apr 2006 Whimbrel View Image Good passage north at Strathaird Point with a flock of 14 and another single bird.
23rd Apr 2006 Pomarine Skua View Image a single bird at Strathaird Point - also a single dark phase Arctic and two Bonxies - all moving north.
23rd Apr 2006 Cuckoo report from Lusa (Elaine & Alan Horner)
22nd Apr 2006 White Wagtail View Image up to 5 feeding on the high tide line at Camas Malag near Torrin - along with 5/6 Pied Wagtails.
21st Apr 2006 Tree Pipit View Image first report of the year from Brian Neath of a singing bird at Carr Brae, Dornie. This species may be under-recorded on Skye and is worth looking out for.
21st Apr 2006 Purple Sandpiper View Image Small flock of 4-6 regularly seen around Gairbh Eilean, Dunvegan (Peter Elford)
21st Apr 2006 Common Sandpiper View Image report of calling bird at Loch Slapin (Dave Monks)
20th Apr 2006 Cuckoo more reports with a calling bird at Kensaleyre (Steve Clark) and a pair at Gillen (Bernard Cookson)
20th Apr 2006 Siskin after an absence of some time 3 birds back at feeders at Portree (Dave Monks)
20th Apr 2006 Willow Warbler View Image singing bird at Gillen (Bernard Cookson)
20th Apr 2006 Blackcap View Image first singing bird at Carr Brae, Dornie.
20th Apr 2006 Great Skua View Image reports of birds from Rubha Hunish (Sylvia Porter) and Waternish Point (Bill & Deirdre Peppe)point to further possible colonisation by this species.
19th Apr 2006 Redwing View Image still birds passing through with report from Steve Clark of 6-8 birds in a garden at Kensaleyre.
19th Apr 2006 Cuckoo Another calling bird , this time in Upper Breakish (Steve & Helen Birch)
19th Apr 2006 Swallow arriving strong now with a report from Donald Brown of 12 on the wires at Staffin
19th Apr 2006 Whimbrel View Image single bird flying over Ullinish
19th Apr 2006 Puffin report from Brian Neath of a single bird at the head of Loch Duich, the first he has ever recorded there. Also present were 2 Razorbill and a Guillemot.
19th Apr 2006 Greenshank excellent count of 6 at the head of Loch Duich, Lochalsh.
19th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image still a straggler on Loch Shiel.
19th Apr 2006 Willow Warbler View Image first reports from Lochalsh with 3 singing on Carr Brae, Dornie.
18th Apr 2006 Common Sandpiper View Image 1st report of the year from Dunvegan (Peter Elford)
18th Apr 2006 Cuckoo must be feeling the cold as half its host species, Meadow Pipits - are still in flocks - anyway reliable reports of first bird calling at Galtrigill.
18th Apr 2006 Redwing View Image More Redwings again, this time in Lower Milovaig, including singing birds (A Stables)
18th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image Still stragglers with report from John Marchington of 2 on Loch Connan.
17th Apr 2006 Great Skua View Image further seabird movement at Strathaird Point with 5 Bonxies moving north.
17th Apr 2006 Greenshank pair at the head of Loch Slapin - also a pair of Redshank (Dave Monks)
17th Apr 2006 Willow Warbler View Image report from Harrapool (M Benson)
17th Apr 2006 Merlin View Image report of a bird at Upper Breakish
16th Apr 2006 Peregrine Falcon report from Martin Benson of a Peregrine with a kill at Skullamus
16th Apr 2006 Wheatear View Image overnight influx into Milovaig area with 6 pairs appearing (A Stables)
16th Apr 2006 White Wagtail View Image report of a single at Lower Milovaig
16th Apr 2006 Merlin View Image yet another report of a female at Lower Milovaig (A.Stables)
16th Apr 2006 Yellowhammer Report from Mathew Kirk of a lovely male in a garden in Elgol - this is another terrific record of this extremely elusive species on Skye.
15th Apr 2006 Swallow since our very early report on the 31st March, no reports of Swallows have been received until now - Martin Benson had 3 this morning at Harrapool.
15th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image 6 over Loch Pooltiel (A.Stables)
15th Apr 2006 Willow Warbler View Image 1st report of the spring from Andy Stables at Lower Milovaig.
15th Apr 2006 Swallow single bird at Loch Pooltiel
15th Apr 2006 Twite View Image report from Andy Stables of 5 at Lower Milovaig
15th Apr 2006 Merlin View Image report of a probably female at Aird Bernisdale (Crawford Godfrey)
14th Apr 2006 Fieldfare View Image small group of birds at Balmeanach near Dunvegan.
14th Apr 2006 Merlin View Image A nice male chasing a Meadow Pipit at the roadside near Ose.
14th Apr 2006 Redwing View Image reports from Balmeanach, Staffin (Donald Brown), and Lower Milovaig (Andy Stables) - all small groups.
13th Apr 2006 Great Skua View Image 1st of the spring off Strathaird Point
13th Apr 2006 Arctic Skua View Image some movement back north with 3 off Strathaird Point.
13th Apr 2006 Seawatch strong westerlies this morning so good sea-watching conditions with Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Puffin, Fulmar, Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake and Black Guillemot all showing well off Strathaird Point.
13th Apr 2006 Purple Sandpiper View Image 3 at Strathaird Point
13th Apr 2006 Puffin report of 2 at Loch Pooltiel along with 15 Razorbill.
11th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image continued passage through the island with 22 at Loch Meodal on Sleat (Roger & Pat Cottis) and 25 at Pool Roag (G.Leatherbarrow)
11th Apr 2006 Merlin View Image another report of a probable female at Torrin (S.MacQueen)
11th Apr 2006 Greenshank report from Peter Elford of a single bird at Dunvegan, possibly on passage. Though Greenshank breed on Skye, this tends to be in the south of the island.
10th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image report from Bernard Cookson of 21 heading north-west at Dunvegan this morning.
10th Apr 2006 Greenland White-front Goose View Image skein of 20 heading north-west at Dunvegan
10th Apr 2006 Twite View Image spring returners have been slow to appear so 2 at Ullinish are encouraging (G.Leatherbarrow)
10th Apr 2006 Merlin View Image report from John Jones of probable female 'whizzing' along near Loch Cill Chriosd - this is a good time to see this species on Skye as there is often a good movement of returning Icelandic birds heading north.
9th Apr 2006 Shelduck total of 9 pairs at Pool Roag, Dunvegan
8th Apr 2006 Snow Bunting View Image good record of 10 on Carr Brae (Brian Neath) - obviously on lower ground with the continued wintry weather.
8th Apr 2006 Linnet single bird at carr Brae, Lochalsh
7th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image report from Mathew Kirk of 14 on Loch Cleat, Duntulm (couldn't have been room for any more!)
7th Apr 2006 Barnacle Goose View Image Mathew Kirk had 95 on Staffin Island along with at least 24 Greenland Whitefronts and several Greylags
6th Apr 2006 Wheatear View Image pair at the end of Ardnish, Broadford (D.Rogers)
6th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image Herd of 21 on Loch Mor at Waterstein - presumably taking shelter from the strong winds. (Ros Smith)
5th Apr 2006 Redwing View Image further reports with 30 at Kyleakin (A.Horner)
4th Apr 2006 Whooper Swan View Image Dave Rogers reports herd of 35 resting in Broadford Bay at 1000 to-day - obviously heading north.
4th Apr 2006 Slavonian Grebe single in full breeding plumage in Broadford Bay (D.Rogers)
3rd Apr 2006 Purple Sandpiper View Image report of a single at Aird, Balmeanach, Braes (Bill Marshall)
2nd Apr 2006 Wheatear View Image another report, this time from Scullamus (MB)
2nd Apr 2006 White Wagtail View Image single at Broadford Bay heralds the first movements of White Wagtails through the area - these are Icelandic birds, not to be confused with our breeding Pied although sometimes are very similar. (MB)
1st Apr 2006 Wheatear View Image another report from Bill Marshall at Balmeanach, Braes - a male.
1st Apr 2006 Redwing View Image observations from Broadford (MBenson) and Elgol(Bob) suggest parties of Redwings, probably Icelandic birds, are on the way back north.

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