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
31st May 2006 Arctic Skua View Image single observed off Neist Point (R. & P. Canning)
31st May 2006 Linnet Pair of Linnets observed at Glendale (R. & P. Canning)
29th May 2006 Shelduck report from Peter Elford of a family party with 7 ducklings at Loch Dunvegan
29th May 2006 Spotted Flycatcher View Image 1st report of the year with a bird at Broadford Hospital grounds (MB)
27th May 2006 Goosander View Image Group of 6 drakes at the head of Loch Slapin
27th May 2006 Great Skua View Image further report from Gordon Bryson of a single bird at Rhub an Dunain at the entrance to Loch Brittle.
26th May 2006 Whimbrel View Image still stragglers passing through with 2 at Waterloo (DR)
26th May 2006 Dipper bred successfully in Broadford with adult and 2 fledged young on the Allt Mhuilinn (DR)
25th May 2006 Magpie still seems to be a bird at Portree with a report of one frequenting gardens at Achachork (Marge Genders)
25th May 2006 House Martin View Image bird collecting mud at Harrapool - first report in that area (DRogers)
24th May 2006 Long-tailed Skua Having looked for them on the coast yesterday -two cruised north overland to-day, coming off the shoulder of Ben Sca then heading out to Loch Greshornish near Edinbane.(Bob)
24th May 2006 Whimbrel View Image report from Dave Rogers of 2 at Broadford
24th May 2006 Peregrine View Image single bird seen off Ardnish 'in pursuit' (DR)
24th May 2006 Reed Bunting View Image report of two birds singing in territories at Harrapool is encouraging for a species whose distribution is sparce.
23rd May 2006 Arctic Skua View Image two singles off Strathaird Point this morning - there are big movements of Skuas off the Uists at the moment but little off the Skye coast.
23rd May 2006 Common Scoter Pair still in Broadford Bay
23rd May 2006 Whimbrel View Image single at Broadford Bay (MB)
21st May 2006 Linnet report of a pair in a garden at Ullinish (Graham Leatherbarrow)
20th May 2006 Turnstone small group of 4 birds at Elgol in summer plumage (see photo)- these birds are probably from the Greenland/Canadian population.
20th May 2006 Brambling View Image Very interesting report from Brian Neath of a female feeding at their bird table at Carr Brae -either a very late straggler or potentially a Scottish breeder.
19th May 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 4 in Broadford Bay, obvious migrants which landed briefly then flew off north (MB)
19th May 2006 Common Scoter pair still present in Broadford Bay
18th May 2006 Pink-footed Goose View Image single bird with Grey-lags on Glas Eilean, Broadford - might this be the same bird seen on several occasions in Skye and Lochalsh in the winter? (MB)
18th May 2006 Great Skua View Image single bird showing territorial behaviour at Strathaird Point - the number of 'prospecting' birds seen on Skye headlands and islands is steadily increasing.
18th May 2006 Whimbrel View Image single bird at Strathaird Point - single bird also flying over Loch Greshornish on the 17th.
18th May 2006 Goosander View Image 2 males on Loch Long off Sallachy.
16th May 2006 Common Scoter Report from Martin Benson - this time a pair of Common Scoter in Broadford Bay.(still there on the 17th)
15th May 2006 Whimbrel View Image single bird at Strathaird Point
15th May 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 2 at Broadford Bay (MB)
13th May 2006 Redstart first report of the year of a singing bird at Carr Brae, Dornie (later than usual) (BN)
13th May 2006 Whitethroat View Image two separate singing birds at Loch Erbusaig, Lochalsh (Loraine Card)
12th May 2006 Goosander View Image 4 females in the Shiel Bridge/Morvich area of Lochalsh (BN)
12th May 2006 Shelduck Pair recorded in the Shiel Bridge/Morvich area of Lochalsh which is unusual (BN)
12th May 2006 Sedge Warbler View Image In BBS survey area at Drumbuie Brian Neath has now found 13 Sedge Warbler territories as well as 2 Grashopper Warbler territories.
11th May 2006 ChiffChaff report of a singing bird in the Dunvegan Woods (Bernard Cookson)
11th May 2006 Garden Warbler report of a singing bird in the Dunvegan Woods (Bernard Cookson)
11th May 2006 Grasshopper Warbler I carry out a Waterways Breeding Bird Survey on part of the Ose River and the Allt Ruaridh. For the 1st time in 5 years surveying there was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler - unfortunately also for the first time over that period I did not record Dipper.(Bob)
11th May 2006 Carrion Crow View Image single at Shiel Bridge/Morvich
10th May 2006 Short-eared Owl View Image a scarce bird on Skye, one was seen on moorland near the Fairy Bridge, Waternish.
9th May 2006 White Wagtail View Image max of 3 at Camas Malag, Torrin.
9th May 2006 Spotted Flycatcher View Image first report from Brian Neath at Dornie - Brian has only bettered this early date twice in the last 18 years!
9th May 2006 Spotted Flycatcher View Image first report from Brian Neath at Dornie - Brian has only bettered this early date twice in the last 18 years!
8th May 2006 Puffin Seem to be more inshore than in previous years and it is not known whether this is a response to feeding. Peter Elford has had up to 12 in Loch Dunvegan and local fishermen in Loch Slapin, Strathaird, report unusual numbers.
8th May 2006 Canada Goose View Image solitary bird on Loch Dunvegan - could this be the same bird which was in Loch Slapin recently.
8th May 2006 Common Sandpiper View Image small group of 4, possibly passage birds in Broadford Bay (DRogers)
7th May 2006 ChiffChaff amazingly this is the first report the site has had this year - a single at Carr Brae (BN)
7th May 2006 Grasshopper Warbler 'reeling' bird at Harrapool (DRogers)
7th May 2006 Whitethroat View Image first report for Skye with a singing bird at Harrapool (DRogers)
7th May 2006 Sedge Warbler View Image first report for Skye with a singing bird near Broadford (MB)
7th May 2006 Whimbrel View Image still passing through in good numbers with 7 on a flooded field at Lower Breakish (MB)
6th May 2006 Sedge Warbler View Image 1st report of the year with a total of 5 singing birds at Drumbuie, Lochalsh (BN)
6th May 2006 Whitethroat View Image 1st report of the year from Drumbuie, with another at Carr Brae on the 7th (BN)
6th May 2006 Common Tern View Image back on breeding territories at Dunvegan (Peter Elford)
6th May 2006 Grasshopper Warbler report of 'reeling' bird at Drumbuie, Lochalsh (BN)
6th May 2006 House Martin View Image 2/3 pairs nest building at Torrin (see photograph)
6th May 2006 Whinchat View Image 2 pairs in territories at Harrapool (MB)
6th May 2006 Common Scoter report from Martin Benson of two males of Broadford Pier - records at this time are quite unusual, presumably passage birds.
5th May 2006 Whimbrel View Image Good flock of 10 on flooded field at Lower Breakish (MB) with 8 at Waterloo later in the day (David Rogers).
5th May 2006 Magpie This is often the time for the unusual so a Magpie around the industrial estate (JansVans) at Portree is an example of this - yes Magpies are very scarce on Skye - report from Debbie Roberts and the birds may have been in the area for about a week.
5th May 2006 'Comic' Tern 2 offshore at Waterloo, Broadford (David Rogers)
4th May 2006 Red Kite View Image good reliable report of a Red Kite seen near Kilbryde in Strathaird at 1400 hours - we normally get a handfull of sightings each year. (Steve Birch and Martin Wildgoose)
4th May 2006 Blackcap View Image report from Brian Neath of at least 5 Blackcap territories in Carr Brae, Dornie - such a high breeding density is unheard of on Skye itself where we are lucky to get a few scattered pairs.
3rd May 2006 Grasshopper Warbler singing bird at Harrapool (MB)
3rd May 2006 Whooper Swan View Image straggler on Loch Niarsco.
2nd May 2006 Whooper Swan View Image still a single straggler on Loch Shiel, Lochalsh (BN)
2nd May 2006 Great Skua View Image single bird off Strathaird Point
1st May 2006 Brent Goose View Image single pale bellied Brent in Broadford Bay (MB) - spring records of Brents are unusual.

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