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 Aug 2007 Little Grebe View Image single back on the sea at Balmeanach Bay, Braes (Wm Marshall)
28th Aug 2007 Corncrake View Image the 'crex' season on Skye has come to an end with the report from Alan Sillence that there were 18-19 calling birds during the survey period, again mainly from the Waternish/Trotternish area with a few reports from elsewhere. Numbers are therefore still below their peak of two years ago so this remains an extremely scarce breeding bird. Alan is extremely grateful to everyone who passed on records - if anyone out there has any records which did not go into the system its never too late!
27th Aug 2007 Sabine's Gull report on 'BirdGuides' site of single 6kms east of Staffin Island - also 2 Sooty Shearwater and 30 Storm Petrels - an offshore boat trip is obviously picking up some nice birds!
27th Aug 2007 Wigeon 2mm's back at Eilean Tioram, Lochalsh - also a good count of 8 Little Grebes in the area.(BN)
27th Aug 2007 Great Skua View Image interesting report of 4 Great Skuas to-gether on Staffin Island (Martin Perry) - an increasing number of birds are summering with us though we have few breeding reports.
27th Aug 2007 Twite View Image 50+ at Strathaird House (Stuart White)
26th Aug 2007 Black Swan our visitor is still with us at Loch Mor Waterstein.
26th Aug 2007 Great Northern Diver View Image adult flying north at Neist Point, presumably a summering bird (MB RMcM)
26th Aug 2007 Knot good count of 18 at Ardnish as well as 48 Redshank and an Arctic Skua (A&EH)- Knot turned up later at Waterloo (DR)
26th Aug 2007 Common Scoter 11 in Broadford Bay (DR)
26th Aug 2007 Great Skua View Image 2 in Broadford Bay (DR) and 3 at Neist Point (MB, RMcM)
26th Aug 2007 Twite View Image 40+ at Duntulm (Stuart White)
25th Aug 2007 Knot etc 3 at Broadford Bay + 2 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit & 28 Dunlin (MB)
25th Aug 2007 Common Scoter 8 in Broadford Bay (7ff & 1m)(MB)
24th Aug 2007 Knot 15 at Pool Roag - also a Bar-tailed, 30 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover and a Greenshank. (RMcM)
24th Aug 2007 Arctic Skua View Image light phase bird chasing Terns off Broadford (A&EH)
24th Aug 2007 Whimbrel View Image still trickling through with 2 at Broadford Bay (MB)
24th Aug 2007 Sooty Shearwater View Image single at Neist Point + a Storm Petrel, 30 Manx Shearwater & 2 Great Skua (Stuart White)
23rd Aug 2007 Great Skua View Image one over Graham Leatherbarrow's house at Ullinish on 22nd and one over Bob's house at Elgol to-day - clearly 'garden' birds!
23rd Aug 2007 Dunlin View Image numbers building up with 60 at Waterloo + a Knot & 30+ Redshank and 3 Greenshank on Ardnish (DR)
22nd Aug 2007 Hen Harrier View Image 'ringtail' hunting croft land at Ullinish (GL)
21st Aug 2007 Temminck's Stint report from Clive Ellis of a single bird with Turnstone on An Dubh Sgeir, Duirinish and the following day at Macleod's Maidens - observed from a kayak! This is a rarity which will need to go through the Highland Record Committee but if accepted will be the first record for Skye.
19th Aug 2007 Great Northern Diver View Image single off Ashaig, Broadford, - presumably a summering bird.
19th Aug 2007 Lapwing re the previous report of 5/8 the three Lapwing chicks at Suardal in Strath have now fledged!
17th Aug 2007 White-tailed Eagle Pabay many visitors to the site may not be aware that the island of Pabay, which lies just off Broadford issues its own stamps and covers. On September 4th Pabay will issue a new stamp and cover to coincide with the Royal Mail series 'endangered species'. The Pabay stamp will feature the White-tailed Eagle and the image used has been provided by this web-site - see image. For further information please visit either direct or through the link on this website.
16th Aug 2007 Sanderling View Image 7 at Broadford Bay + 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (MB)
16th Aug 2007 Manx Shearwater View Image good movement off Strathaird Point involving c2000 feeding birds spreading well up Lochs Eishort/Slapin
16th Aug 2007 Knot 2 at Strathaird Point (RMcM)
15th Aug 2007 Twite View Image numbers building up with c100 at Milovaig (AS)
14th Aug 2007 Knot up to 6 between Broadford Bay and Ardnish + 2 Black-tailed Godwit & 2 Whimbrel
14th Aug 2007 Tufted Duck View Image 6 in Broadford Bay off Ardnish (A&EH)
13th Aug 2007 Bird Atlas 2007-11 Many of you know that I am the local organiser for the BTO and have now taken on the role as Atlas Co-ordinator for Skye. This is an ambitious project and we will need help in every 10km square in the country although my own particular needs are for Skye. For the first time a Winter Atlas and a Breeding Atlas will run in tandem the idea being to map the distribution of all species. There are different ways to get involved either through the submission of 'roving records' when you are out birdwatching or through 'timed counts' in tetrads within a 10km square. Either way, help will be required on Skye and I will be dropping an e.mail to many of you directly. The hope is to set up a couple of meetings within the next few months or to speak to people individually. If you wish to know more do not hesitate to contact me or visit (Bob)
13th Aug 2007 Whimbrel View Image 5 at Broadford Bay (MB) with singles at Ardnish on the 12th (JPhillips)and at Lower Milovaig (AS)
13th Aug 2007 Sanderling View Image 6 at Ardnish along with 3 Golden Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Purple Sandpiper (A&EH)
11th Aug 2007 Great Skua View Image single on Staffin Island (Martin Perry)
10th Aug 2007 Great Skua View Image 3 at Strathaird Point and a single en route to Loch Coruisk - also an Arctic Skua at Strathaird (Mathew Kirk)
9th Aug 2007 Red Kite View Image report from Steve Heap of two birds over Teangue, Sleat, in the early evening. These reports are always extremely interesting and seem to be increasing. Steve was unable to say if the birds were tagged but it is likely that they are birds dispersing from the Black Isle area. By dispersing west their chances of survival will probably increase as unfortunately many Black Isle birds are poisoned as they disperse southwards through 'black holes' in the Findhorn Valley.
8th Aug 2007 Long-eared Owl View Image reports of this species are extremely rare on Skye so a report of a resident pair near Uig is extremely encouraging (RBrooks)
7th Aug 2007 Linnet max of 30 with flocks of 22 and 8 at Ashaig, Broadford - not a common species on Skye so these are possibly migrants (RMcM)
7th Aug 2007 Arctic Skua View Image two off Ardnish, Broadford - also a single Bonxie (A&EH)
7th Aug 2007 Mute Swan View Image pair still at Shiel Bridge, Lochalsh (BN)
7th Aug 2007 Greenshank 9 at Shiel Bridge, Lochalsh included 4 juveniles - also 19 Redshank (BN)
7th Aug 2007 Goosander View Image 9 at Shiel Bridge, Lochalsh (BN)
6th Aug 2007 Sandwich Tern View Image 4 in Broadford Bay as well as 5 Common Tern (MB)
6th Aug 2007 Knot continuing rough weather is producing more waders at Harrapool/Waterloo with c28 Knot, c70 Dunlin, c30 Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Turnstone (MB,RMcM)
6th Aug 2007 ..more Waders and on Ardnish, Broadford there were 5 Turnstone, 28 Dunlin, 24 Redshank and a good count of 46 Ringed Plover as well as an Arctic Skua (EHorner)
6th Aug 2007 Arctic Skua View Image single at Ard Dorch (DMonks)
5th Aug 2007 Lapwing c24 on the improved pasture east of Loch Cill Chriosd, Strathaird some of which were possibly passage birds. More significant however was an adult with a brood of 3 well grown young - which probably deserves a medal for perseverance after several failures.
5th Aug 2007 Whimbrel View Image excellent count of 32 in Broadford Bay - also 8 Sanderling (MB)
4th Aug 2007 Whimbrel View Image sightings in Broadford Bay are sometimes related to bad weather when migrating birds are temporarily held up - to-day was such a day with 27+ Whimbrel an excellent count (MB)
4th Aug 2007 Sanderling View Image 14 at Broadford Bay is another good count - also 28 Dunlin & a single Black-tailed Godwit (MB)

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