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 Sep 2006 Purple Sandpiper View Image a single at Ardnish (A&EH) - also a single Sanderling
30th Sep 2006 Swallow possibly not the last - but still 6 birds at Balmeanach, Braes (Bill Marshall)
30th Sep 2006 Wheatear View Image straggler on Ben Suardal, Strathaird (DR)
30th Sep 2006 Great Northern Diver View Image a single at Ardnish (A&EH)
30th Sep 2006 Slavonian Grebe The first report of the autumn with a single off Ardnish - it has always been asumed that the birds which winter with us are Icelandic breeders (A&EH)
29th Sep 2006 Wigeon numbers building up with 19 in Broadford Bay (DR)
29th Sep 2006 Ringed Plover View Image excellent count of 60+ at Broadford (DR)
29th Sep 2006 Osprey View Image report from John Pear of two birds, an adult and a juvenile male, which remained in the Loch Eynort area for several days - presumably Scottish birds meandering south.
29th Sep 2006 Dunlin View Image count of 65+ at Harrapool/Broadford - other wader sp. included a single Black-tail and 12 Bar-tails (MB)
29th Sep 2006 Wheatear View Image late single at Broadford (MB)
28th Sep 2006 Barnacle Goose View Image report of a single bird on the shore at Loch Brittle (Paul Tandy)
28th Sep 2006 Ringed Plover View Image count of 20 on Loch Brittle shore (Paul Tandy)
28th Sep 2006 Teal View Image small build up with 11 at Broadford Bay (MB)
28th Sep 2006 Sandwich Tern View Image report of 3 latish birds at Broadford Bay (MB)
28th Sep 2006 Great-spotted Woodpecker View Image we get few reports of this species so a single 'battering hell' out of a nest box in Kyleakin was interesting - and still at it the following day! (A&EH)
27th Sep 2006 Sanderling View Image interesting report of 6 on Camus a Mhor, Braes (Bill Marshall)
27th Sep 2006 Wheatear View Image another straggler between Glendale and Milovaig (Paul Tandy)
27th Sep 2006 Brent Goose View Image a single bird remained in the Glen Brittle estuary area for several days from 22-27th (K&K)
26th Sep 2006 Great Skua View Image an injured bird found at Kilmaluag was found to have a broken collarbone (S.Porter)
26th Sep 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 12 at Harrapool/Waterloo (MB)
25th Sep 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single at Camus a Mhor, Braes - had also been seen on the 25th (Bill Marshall)
25th Sep 2006 Tufted Duck View Image 10 on small loch beside Loch Mealt - remained until the end of the month (SPorter)
25th Sep 2006 Dunlin View Image 70+ at Harrapool (DR)
25th Sep 2006 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 3 at Harrapool/Waterloo - also 12 Bar-tails and a single Knot
24th Sep 2006 Heron Good count of 26 during WeBS count of Greater Broadford Bay (John Phillips)
24th Sep 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image count of 13 during WeBS Broadford Bay (JPhillips)
23rd Sep 2006 Wheatear View Image late bird on Ben Tianavaig (Bill Marshall)
23rd Sep 2006 Knot 6 at Harrapool (DR)
23rd Sep 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image This is the best autumn for this species for some time with a count of 19 at Harrapool/Waterloo - also 2 Black-Tails (MB)
22nd Sep 2006 Swift sp. Following the reports on the 15/16th Janet Datchens reports a Swift species at Clachan, Raasay - again this would be an exceptionally late date for Common Swift - could it have been the same bird seen at Broadford?
22nd Sep 2006 Great Northern Diver View Image first autumn arrival with a single at Ardnish (A&EH)
22nd Sep 2006 Brent Goose View Image report of 8 at Ardnish (A&EH)
22nd Sep 2006 Knot good count of 5 at Harrapool/Waterloo - also a single Sanderling and Black-tailed Godwit (MB)
21st Sep 2006 Ringed Plover View Image 40+ at Harrapool (DR)
20th Sep 2006 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 3 at Harrapool/Waterloo along with 8 Bar-tails and 3 Knot (MB)
19th Sep 2006 Black-throated Diver View Image bird found 'grounded' at Digg was kept overnight and released into the sea the next morning, seemingly none the worst for its experience. (S.Porter)
18th Sep 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image count of 12 at Harrapool/Waterloo area (MB)
18th Sep 2006 Ringed Plover View Image count of 42 at Harrapool/Broadford (MB)
17th Sep 2006 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Glen Brittle estuary area (K&K)
15th Sep 2006 Whooper Swan View Image the summering bird at Loch Snizort-Beag was still present in the Park Bernisdale area between 13-15 Sept.
15th Sep 2006 Pallid Swift report via the Highland Recorder Al MacNee of a probable Pallid Swift above 'Skye Surprises' (Sutherlands Garage) Broadford in the early afternoon. The record was also on the Bird Guides website and followed up by Martin Benson who saw a Swift species above the Church of Scotland on 16/9 - however the view was too brief for Martin to make a judgement on the species. As most locals are aware Common Swift records are relatively rare on Skye and a sighting in mid September exceptionally so. This will be one for the Rarities Committee to sort out.
14th Sep 2006 Twite View Image good flock of 75 at Lower Milovaig (Glyn Clarke)
14th Sep 2006 Wheatear View Image 2 at Lower Milovaig (Glyn Clarke)
13th Sep 2006 Tufted Duck View Image a single on Loch Mor was away from the normal area of reports (Glyn Clarke)
12th Sep 2006 Knot there had been two on Glen Brittle beach since the 8th (K&KC)
11th Sep 2006 Sanderling View Image good report of 8 at Claigan, Dunvegan - this is an example of a good record from an area for which we receive few reports but which obviously turns up interesting birds (Glyn Clarke)
11th Sep 2006 Goldfinch report of flock of 50 at Ardelve - the largest count Brian Neath has ever had on Lochalsh.
11th Sep 2006 Goosander View Image 4 at Ardelve (BN)
10th Sep 2006 Whimbrel View Image 3 at Lower Milovaig (Glyn Clarke)
10th Sep 2006 Whinchat View Image late juvenile on passage at Faoilean, Loch Slapin
10th Sep 2006 Brent Goose View Image report from Bill Marshall of 7 at Camus a Mhor, Braes - this is an early date (1st report on the 20th last year) and we can look forward to observing passage over the next two months.
10th Sep 2006 Merlin View Image Passage birds probably moving through with a male at Skinidin (Val Huncken) and an unsexed bird terrorising Pipits at Glasnakille.
9th Sep 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image count of 12 at Harrapool/Waterloo, the largest count for some time. (MB)
9th Sep 2006 Whinchat View Image late juvenile at Carr Brae, Dornie (Brian Neath)
7th Sep 2006 Raven total of 45 counted near VicAskill Farm, Balmeanach.
6th Sep 2006 Rock Dove flock of 57 at Ashaig, Broadford.
6th Sep 2006 Whitethroat View Image straggler at Glasnakille, Strathaird.
5th Sep 2006 Waders more from Harrapool again (am) - with 75+ Dunlin, 30+Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling and 2 Knot (DRogers)
5th Sep 2006 Barn Owl View Image report from Andy Law of a single bird at Kylerhea - this is our first report for several months.
4th Sep 2006 Sanderling View Image Still up to 4 Sanderling showing at Harrapool as well as 3 Knot.
3rd Sep 2006 White Wagtail View Image c10 at Elgol Jetty in morning.
3rd Sep 2006 Knot still 4 showing well at Harrapool opposite the Heb' Hotel.
3rd Sep 2006 Red Grouse now a scarce bird on Skye with report from John Marchington of coveys of 7 and 8 on moorland east of Struan - larger than normal suggesting that early season breeders may have done well.
3rd Sep 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 5 at Waterloo/Harrapool in the afternoon (DRogers)
3rd Sep 2006 Black-tailed Godwit View Image we have been bemoaning the lack of passage of this superb wader when a total of 12 were seen at Harrapool in the late evening (MBenson)
2nd Sep 2006 Kingfisher excellent report from Alistair Peppe of a bird on the River Drynoch just below the bridge on the Carbost road - records of this species are scarce on Skye, especially on the west side of the island.
1st Sep 2006 Sanderling View Image up to 5 at Harrapool/Waterloo also up to 7 Knot (MB)(DR)
1st Sep 2006 Black-throated Diver View Image good report from Dave Rogers of a juvenile off Glas Eilean in Broadford Bay

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