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
31st Mar 2007 Wheatear View Image nice male near the High Pasture Cave, Strathaird (JJones)
28th Mar 2007 Wheatear View Image the first record of the year at Lower Milovaig (AStables)
28th Mar 2007 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter bird still around Milovaig (AStables)
28th Mar 2007 Puffin birds back on the Ascribs (Alan Sillence)
26th Mar 2007 Skylark View Image various reports from Milovaig (AS) Glen Brittle (Jean Thomas) Staffin (Sylvia Porter) and Balmeanach (RMcM) of birds back singing in territories.
26th Mar 2007 Whooper Swan View Image 3 flying under the Skye Bridge then heading north (AHorner)
26th Mar 2007 Mute Swan View Image three juveniles at Broadford Bay and still there on 27th (MB) - Mute Swan records are extremely unusual on Skye so this is a good find.
26th Mar 2007 Warbler sp. interesting report of Willow?Chiff type warbler at Achachork, Portree (Trudy Cadman) - there have been other reports of early Chiffchaffs in the Highlands
26th Mar 2007 Reed Bunting View Image pair regularly visiting garden at Achachork (Trudy Cadman)
25th Mar 2007 Black-throated Diver View Image count of 28 on Loch Slapin including a group of 18 - this is the largest single count of this species and probably reflects a build up of birds returning to breeding territories. Also 33 Great Northern Divers.
25th Mar 2007 Meadow Pipit View Image flock of 20, possible migrants at Neist Point (AStables)
25th Mar 2007 Purple Sandpiper View Image 6 at Ardnish (A&EH)
25th Mar 2007 Peregrine View Image nice adult bird coming in to spice things up at Ardnish - see photo (A&EH)
24th Mar 2007 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 30+ heading north west over Ullinish Bay - probable migrants returning north (GLeatherbarrow)
24th Mar 2007 Twite View Image small flock of 8 at Plockton Airport with 2 Goldfinches (BN)
24th Mar 2007 Pink-footed Goose View Image single still with Greylags at An Dhub Aird, Lochalsh (BN)
21st Mar 2007 Yellowhammer an extremely scarce bird on Skye, there was a female on a bird table at Isle Ornsay (Roger & Pat Cottis)
21st Mar 2007 White-tailed Eagle View Image at least three and possibly four flying along the treeline just south of Portree (Ian Hamilton)
20th Mar 2007 Coot View Image single bird at Loch Suardal - has it been around all winter? - also 7 Whoopers (Bernard Cookson)
18th Mar 2007 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter bird at Lower Milovaig (AStables)
15th Mar 2007 Grey Plover View Image up to 3 at Ardnish + 32 Lapwing & 9 Shelduck (A&EH)
14th Mar 2007 Blackcock though slightly out of our area, this is about as near as this species gets to Skye & Lochalsh - there were 6 on birch at Cluanie Dam (Roger & Pat Cottis)
13th Mar 2007 Lapwing flock of 11 on Skinidin sore (Val Hunkin)
13th Mar 2007 Greenshank single on Croe Saltings along with 25 Redshank (BN)
12th Mar 2007 Iceland Gull View Image 1st Winter at the mouth of the Broadford river (MB)
10th Mar 2007 Meadow Pipit View Image birds moving back through with 20+ at Upper Breakish (MB)
9th Mar 2007 Pied Wagtail View Image spring arrival at Ullinish (GL)
8th Mar 2007 Articles on Skye and Lochalsh Birding working with Skye and Lochalsh Marketing I have recently put to-gether two articles on bird watching in the area. One is currently online and can be viewed at The other will appear shortly in Birdwatch magazine and features birding in the Broadford Bay and Strathaird area. Bob
8th Mar 2007 Whooper Swan View Image 15 on Loch Anna in Lochalsh (per BNeath)
7th Mar 2007 Peregrine View Image still a scarce species on Skye there was a single bird over Ardnish where they occasionally are seen (A&EH)
7th Mar 2007 Teal View Image record count of 60 at Reraig, Lochalsh (BNeath)
6th Mar 2007 Golden Eagle View Image Most visitors to Skye want to see Golden Eagles and my advice is always to have a good look from all our main roads and walking paths and avoid going into areas where there is a risk that birds will be disturbed at sensitive breeding sites. This adult bird (see photograph) was seen to-day in Strathaird beside Loch Cill Chriosd - and illustrates the point. (RMcM)
3rd Mar 2007 Hen Harrier View Image another report of a male near Dunvegan Castle (Bernard Cookson)
1st Mar 2007 Shelduck 3 at mouth of River Leasgeary, Portree (DMonks)
1st Mar 2007 Barnacle Goose View Image small flock of 22 at Kilmaluag
1st Mar 2007 Iceland Gull View Image still a single in the Harbour, Portree.
1st Mar 2007 Hen Harrier View Image nice male in early morning near Kilbryde, Strathaird (DMonks)- Harriers are starting to arrive back in their breeding territories so all sightings gratefully received.

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