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 Sep 2007 Fieldfare View Image c30 at Kilbryde, Strathaird (DM) - all exceptionally early dates for scandinavian thrushes.
30th Sep 2007 Snow Bunting View Image early report of flock of 8/10 near the summit of Marsco (Sarah Kay)
28th Sep 2007 Redwing View Image further reports from Ose (CM) along with Fieldfares - separate report of Fieldfare at Kilbryde Strathaird (AJ)
27th Sep 2007 Redwing View Image reports from Ardelve & Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BN)
26th Sep 2007 Greenshank 2 at Croe Saltings & 2 at Shiel Saltings - also 20 -12 Redshank respectively (BN)
25th Sep 2007 Tern sp also several in Kyle area (BN)
25th Sep 2007 Tern sp also several in Kyle area (BN)
23rd Sep 2007 Brent Goose View Image 15 at Broadford Bay & possibly same birds at Ardnish (MB -A&EH)
23rd Sep 2007 Leach's Petrel report of a dead bird found near Satran, Carbost (per Ken Crane)
22nd Sep 2007 Brent Goose View Image excellent count of 96 in Broadford Bay, Glas Eilean (MB)
22nd Sep 2007 Knot 4 in Broadford Bay (MB)
21st Sep 2007 Black-tailed Godwit View Image total of 21 in two groups of 11 & 10 at Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM, AB)
21st Sep 2007 Wheatear View Image 2 on Ardnish with at least 1 showing characteristics of leucorhoa (RMcM, AB)
21st Sep 2007 Goldfinch 'charm' of 25 birds at Lower Breakish
20th Sep 2007 Brent Goose View Image 16 pale bellied (hrota) am in Broadford Bay (MB)
20th Sep 2007 Long-tailed Skua adult bird, though lacking tail projections, at Elgol Jetty (RMcM)
18th Sep 2007 Ringed Plover View Image reminder to those involved in this year's Ringed Plover survey if they could return the forms as soon as possible please - thanks (Bob)
17th Sep 2007 Mute Swan View Image single adult at the head of Loch Carron.
17th Sep 2007 Greylag Goose View Image probably Greylags - skein of 100 heading south at Kyleakin (A&EH)
17th Sep 2007 Pink-footed Goose View Image report from David Rogers of birds passing over Harrapool at night.
17th Sep 2007 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 10 flying south-east over Loch Dunvegan (Bernard Cookson)
16th Sep 2007 Lesser Whitethroat View Image report from Jeff Lawson of a bird in Hawthorns near the Bayfield Car Park in Portree - there are only two accepted records for Skye.
16th Sep 2007 Whooper Swan View Image 1st report of the winter with a single in Broadford Bay (MB)
16th Sep 2007 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image good count of 11 in Broadford Bay (MB)
16th Sep 2007 Goshawk report from Angus Hogg (Birdline Scotland) of an adult male near Portree.
15th Sep 2007 Manx Shearwater View Image Martin & Carol Benson have picked up a few grounded birds in Broadford (see Gallery) - many young manxies crashland at this time especially during rough weather - advice is to keep them in a box then release them in calmer weather.
14th Sep 2007 Brent Goose View Image another report of a single bird - this time at the head of Loch Ainort (DMonks)
14th Sep 2007 Seawatch with lots of reports of rarities in Lewis and the Northern Isles had a 4 hour watch at Neist Point this morning - steady movements north of Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Gannet, Kittiwake but no rarities - 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Great Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver & pick of the morning was 5/6 Minke Whales heading south (Bob)
14th Sep 2007 Black Swan still at Loch Mor, Waterstein, and this time close enough to photograph - see image.
14th Sep 2007 Whinchat View Image late juvenile at Pool Roag.
13th Sep 2007 Sandwich Tern View Image 2 at Ashaig as well as 2 Arctic Terns (A&EH)
13th Sep 2007 Brent Goose View Image single pale bellied Brent at Ashaig - could this be the same bird which was at Sconser a week ago? (A&EH)
13th Sep 2007 Sabine's Gull report from Steve Duffield of - of juv from evening Uig-Tarbet sailing 30 minutes from Uig + several Sooty Shearwaters and Storm Petrels.
12th Sep 2007 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 4 at Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
11th Sep 2007 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 4 at Ashaig (A&EH)
10th Sep 2007 Wigeon numbers building up with 20 at Balmacara (BN)
10th Sep 2007 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 10 flying south east over Loch Dunvegan (Bernard Cookson)
9th Sep 2007 Sanderling View Image two stragglers at Harrapool + a single Knot.(MB)
8th Sep 2007 Common Scoter Single f. at the head of Loch Ainort (Highland Branch SOC)
8th Sep 2007 Twite View Image 100+ at Pool Roag, Dunvegan (Highland Branch SOC)
8th Sep 2007 Common Crossbill View Image 6+ near the Cafe at Dunvegan Castle and another noisy group in conifers at nearby Loch Suardal (Highland Branch SOC)
7th Sep 2007 White-tailed Eagle View Image As most visitors to this site are aware we always strive to ensure that sites of rare breeding birds, including Sea Eagles, remain confidential. Although the number of WTEagle territories on Skye continues to increase, breeding success on Skye has never been too high and this year 4 territories only produced a total of 5 young. A number of sites failed including the one publicly acknowledged site at Portree. The causes of this site failure remain a concern, and a contributory factor may well be the continuous disturbance from boat trips visiting the area from the very start of the breeding season. Although the highlight of these trips is a close-up view of a Sea Eagle taking a fish thrown from the boat, boats were also observed going extremely close to the nest site. Only a fortnight ago an article appeared in the Travel section of the Daily Telegraph which made light of the practice of putting corks in fish to help them float. If a fish has a swim bladder it will float. However, species such as Mackerel have no swim bladder and boat operators have been seen putting a variety of materials including plastic and polystyrene into fish to help them float. Gulls have been seen swallowing fish with plastic corks which may inevitably lead to their death. This behaviour is totally irresponsible and unecessary and should be condemned. It is understood that SNH are trying to establish a voluntary code of practice amongst operators. There has to be an understanding amongst boat operators and the public they carry that these are rare species protected from disturbance by a raft of legislation. The birds come first and a code of practice should hopefully allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience, with the minimum risk to the birds.
7th Sep 2007 Brent Goose View Image report from Les Millington of single pale bellied on the shore near Sconser Quarry - (also seen by Highland Branch SOC on 8th) - this is an extremely early date.
7th Sep 2007 Turnstone 8 on the shore at Sconser Quarry (LM)
6th Sep 2007 Whimbrel View Image 8 on Ardnish + 24 Turnstone & 36 Redshank (A&EH)
4th Sep 2007 Knot 7 at Broadford Bay + a Sanderling and 31 Redshank (MB,RMcM)
3rd Sep 2007 Greylag Goose View Image good count of 61 at Loch Mealt (A.Healy)
3rd Sep 2007 Storm Petrel 3 from Uig-Lochmaddy ferry + 2 Arctic Skuas (AHealy)
2nd Sep 2007 Great Skua View Image report of 31 following a fishing boat off the Kilt Rocks in Trotternish (Alan Healy) - this is a terrific count but also reflects possible problems in sourcing food. It is also significant that on Sunday evening Martin Benson saw a group of 4, then a 3, heading south of Broadford Bay, clearly on the move.
2nd Sep 2007 Long-tailed Skua another interesting report via the Bird Guides site from 6 miles east of Staffin Island - single Long-tail + a Sooty Shearwater and 5 Storm Petrels
2nd Sep 2007 Raven roost of c50 located (appropriately enough) at The Prison in the Quirang, Trotternish (A.Healy)

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