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
30th Jun 2007 Great Skua View Image pair at Waternish Point evidently holding territory as also present on 24/6 (Ian Tomney)
29th Jun 2007 Common Gull 30-40 pairs breeing at Eilean Dubh Beag, Dunvegan (Alan Harris)
28th Jun 2007 Short-eared Owl View Image another report of a single at Borve (Alan Harris)
28th Jun 2007 Whooper Swan View Image report of a summering bird on a lochan in Trotternish (Alan Harris)
28th Jun 2007 Black Swan still at Loch Mor, Waterstein (Alan Harris)
26th Jun 2007 Arctic Skua View Image single off Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
26th Jun 2007 Short-eared Owl View Image report from Carole Millington of a pair with at least one fledged chick at Ose - this is the first proved breeding of this species on Skye for some time. At present there may be several pairs attempting to breed as there have been increased reports and it may be a good vole year - see Gallery.
26th Jun 2007 Sandwich Tern View Image single off Ardnish (DR)
26th Jun 2007 Black Swan our visitor to Loch Mor at Waterstein is still remaining (DHammond)
25th Jun 2007 Lapwing report of 3 pairs breeding at Trumpan/Ardmore Bay (Alan Harris)
25th Jun 2007 Arctic Tern View Image estimate 50-70 pairs breeding on Lampay, Claigan (Alan Harris)
24th Jun 2007 Kittiwake report from Andy Stables of large flock of c1000 along with c500 auks feeding in Loch Pooltiel - presumably on a large shoal of fish - ther have been reports from fishermen of huge shoals of sprats/small herring which are attracting Common Dolphins and Minke Whale as well as birds.
24th Jun 2007 Tufted Duck View Image drake on Loch More, Waterstein (Alan Harris)
24th Jun 2007 Arctic Skua View Image 3 at Neist Point and 3 at Lampay, Claigan on the 25th (Alan Harris)
23rd Jun 2007 Short-eared Owl View Image report from Trevor Donaldson of a bird near the roadside in the vicinity of the Fairy Bridge, Dunvegan - this is a good area to see this scarce species.
23rd Jun 2007 Manx Sherarwater 1000+ seen from the Mallaig-Armadale ferry (Alan Harris)
22nd Jun 2007 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Faoilean, Strathaird (DMonks)
21st Jun 2007 Mute Swan View Image outside visitors to this site may be surprised by some of the apparent rarities which are posted but Mute Swan is one of them - there is a adult pair in Loch Duich the first time Brian Neath has ever recorded two adults in Lochalsh.
21st Jun 2007 Goosander View Image 10 on Shiel Saltings, Lochalsh (BN)
21st Jun 2007 Seabirds a visit to Rubha Hunish provided a local snapshot of current seabird problems - whilst there were Kittiwakes on nests there was little sign of young and overall numbers seemed down; there were few incubating Razorbills (see Gallery image) and Common Guillemots seemed notably scarce; Shag seemed to be doing ok. On a recent visit to Neist Point Andy Stables found a lot of young Kittiwakes in the area so some sites may be performing well.
19th Jun 2007 Siskin party of 20+ in the Allt Ruaridh plantation near Balmeanach consisting of many young birds.
19th Jun 2007 Common Crossbill View Image group of 9 in the Allt Ruaridh plantation near Balmeanach
17th Jun 2007 Common Scoter two females in Broadford Bay (MBenson)
17th Jun 2007 Great Skua View Image two off Ord on Sleat (AMearns)
16th Jun 2007 Turtle Dove excellent report of single in garden at Portnalong (Will Brown)
15th Jun 2007 Black Swan our 'ausie' visitor is still at Loch Mor, Waterstein (AStables)
15th Jun 2007 Arctic Skua View Image single reported from Neist Point along with a Bonxie and a pod of Minke Whales (Andy Stables) - see also
15th Jun 2007 Linnet Pair on shore at Dunvegan (AMearns)
15th Jun 2007 Turtle Dove report of a single bird with Collared Dove in the garden at Balgowan, Struan (John Marchington)
14th Jun 2007 White-tailed Eagle View Image the gregarious nature of this bird was evident to-day when I came across a sheep carcase near the Ose River at Balmeanach - as well as disturbing 15-20 Ravens there were 4 White-tailed Eagles, 2 yellow tagged (2006) and 2 red tagged (2005) which is a good reflection on the young birds in the population - later there was also an adult passing through the area. (Bob)
14th Jun 2007 Short-eared Owl View Image report from Gilleasbuig Ferguson os a single near Hungladder in the Kilmuir area.
13th Jun 2007 Great Skua View Image up to four birds around Loch Bracadale on successive days with a pair taking particular interest in Wiay (DRitchie) - again reflecting continued territorial expansion though there are few birds breeding.
11th Jun 2007 Great Skua View Image single flying over the old road between Lusa and Kyleakin (A&EH)
11th Jun 2007 Greylag Goose View Image flock of c50 at Coral Beaches, Dunvegan (C&HGodfrey)
11th Jun 2007 Grasshopper Warbler two reeling birds at Claigan, Dunvegan (C&HGodfrey)
9th Jun 2007 Great Skua View Image still a pair at Rubha Hunish (Jean Thomas) - it would be good to get another breeding record for Skye.
9th Jun 2007 White-tailed Eagle View Image report from Jenny Duffill of a single over the Ramasaig cliffs being worried by a gull.
8th Jun 2007 Quail further report that Quail is still calling at Linicro - was heard in the middle of the day from the Mongstadt road at NG385674 (Josh Jones)
7th Jun 2007 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 3 at Ashaig (A&EH)
7th Jun 2007 Golden Plover report from Rob Forrest of successful breeding in Waternish - adult seen with chick - breeding reports are few and far between.
6th Jun 2007 Ring Ouzel View Image report of a single bird on Bla Bheinn (Adam Fraser)
5th Jun 2007 Garden Warbler single in garden at Aird Bernisdale (C&HGodfrey)
2nd Jun 2007 Dotterel View Image there is no breeding record for Dotterel on Skye although the species has been recorded occasionally in recent years. The chance discovery of an incubating bird (see image) is therefore extremely exciting - details of the location are being withheld meantime.(Aaron Howard & Becky Boulter)
1st Jun 2007 Arctic Skua View Image single dark phase bird of Ullinish Point (GLeatherbarrow)
1st Jun 2007 Hen Harrier View Image many observers are kind enough to send in Hen Harrier records which are rarely published because they are invariably in my breeding study area - for information I have located 8 nests and probably have 10-12 pairs overall - this includes 5 pairs in an area of 3 sq kms, an extremely high density - many thanks for the records and keep them coming in (Bob)

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