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
26th Nov 2006 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image always a good species to get reports of, a single at Kinloch (MB)
26th Nov 2006 Merlin View Image a nice male harassing Starlings at Broadford Bay (MB)
26th Nov 2006 Golden Plover interesting wintering flock of c40 near Glen Eynort (Bill Peppe)
23rd Nov 2006 White-tailed Eagle View Image a bedraggled Green T (juvenile -2004) watched at Oronsay, Loch Bracadale, before it flew towards Wiay (Peter Elford)
22nd Nov 2006 Slavonian Grebe calm conditions for once enabled Dave Rogers to spot 5 at Ardnish - meanwhile yours truly counted 9 between Camas na Sgianadin and the head of Loch Ainort - giving a total of 14 for this stretch of coast.
22nd Nov 2006 Wigeon count of 40 at Waterloo (DR)
22nd Nov 2006 Red-throated Diver View Image systematic count from Camas na Sgianadin to the head of Loch Sligachan found a minimum of 28 birds.
22nd Nov 2006 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 13, all adults, resting on Loch Ainort off Luib, and obviously on the move.
21st Nov 2006 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image count of 12 on Ardnish (Elaine Horner) - although these numbers are small there are more Bar-tails wintering in the Broadford Bay area than for several years.
21st Nov 2006 Turnstone good count of 24 at Ardnish (EHorner)
20th Nov 2006 Blackcap View Image report from Hugh & Margaret Scott of a male in their garden in Kyleakin.
20th Nov 2006 Black-throated Diver View Image at least 5 riding out a storm force 9 at Elgol
18th Nov 2006 Grey Plover View Image single at Ardnish - also 8 Golden Plover (A&EH)
18th Nov 2006 Mallard excellent count of 143 on Loch nan Dubrachan, beside the A851 in Sleat. (Hugh & Margaret Scott)
15th Nov 2006 Greenshank good count of 6 in the Ardnish area of Broadford Bay.
15th Nov 2006 Greenland White fronted Goose small flock of 21 disturbed on Ardnish and flew towards Pabay - part of our normal wintering group.
15th Nov 2006 Fieldfare View Image flocks of 50 to 200+ including some Redwing in the Kyleakin area (LCard & A&E Horner)
15th Nov 2006 Barn Owl View Image there have been fewer reports this winter so a single bird just outside Elgol on the way back from the SWT talk was a bit of a bonus.
14th Nov 2006 Storm Petrel another late bird, this time off Bracadale Point (Peter Elford & Linda Henderson)
13th Nov 2006 Blackcap View Image male at Kilmuir, Dunvegan (Bernard Cookson)
13th Nov 2006 Greenfinch View Image almost pure albino regularly feeding in the garden at Kilmuir, Dunvegan (Bernard Cookson)
12th Nov 2006 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 9 flying in off the sea towards Broadford (Dave Monks)
12th Nov 2006 Storm Petrel single seen from boat off Pabay (Dave Monks)
12th Nov 2006 Woodcock two birds flushed beside the River Drynoch near Carbost - first reports of the autumn.
11th Nov 2006 Golden Eagle View Image young bird seen resting on rocks at Torvaig, Portree, being mobbed by a couple of crows before it flew off towards The Storr (Cathy Freeman)
10th Nov 2006 Whooper Swan View Image group of 4 heading south over Breakish (DR) - also report of 9 flying west up Loch Carron yesterday (RMcM) - interesting that birds are clearly still on the move.
7th Nov 2006 Twite View Image small flock of 8-10 still around at Elgol - most of our birds leave for the winter.
6th Nov 2006 Turnstone count of 47 at Kilmarie Bay, Loch Slapin
6th Nov 2006 Golden Eagle View Image report from Donald Brown of young bird quartering roadside between Staffin and Portree near the Dervaig turn-off
4th Nov 2006 Turnstone 12 on the shore of Loch Eishort west of Drumfearn (R&PCottis)
4th Nov 2006 Goldeneye count of 5 at Ardnish (A&EH)
4th Nov 2006 White-tailed Eagle View Image red-tagged bird seen in the Drumfearn area (R&PCottis) - this bird has been seen in the area between Cill-Chriosd, Suisnish and Ord in the last few weeks (need to get positive id on the Tag)
4th Nov 2006 Siskin flock of c30 near Drumfearn (R&PCottis)
2nd Nov 2006 Whimbrel View Image a late bird at Point of Sleat
2nd Nov 2006 Knot single at Point of Sleat
2nd Nov 2006 Purple Sandpiper View Image 8 at Point of Sleat along with 15 Turnstone
2nd Nov 2006 Fieldfare View Image Flock of c80 at Isleornsay (Roger & Pat Cottis)
2nd Nov 2006 Lesser Redpoll View Image c70 at Carr Brae (BN)
2nd Nov 2006 Teal View Image good count of 40 at Croe Saltings, Lochalsh - also 90 Mallard which is a big count by our standards. (BN)
1st Nov 2006 Whooper Swan View Image 5 flying south at Tote, Scorrybreck (Carol Hawley)
1st Nov 2006 Yellowhammer 4 at the Fank, Carr Brae (BN)

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