Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye
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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 Peter Stronach (  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 www.highlandbirds.scot. 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' - http://blx1.bto.org/birdtrack.  Records sent to us are also submitted to Birdtrack.

Date Species Image Details
31st Oct 2007 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of 80 back on their wintering grounds at Staffin Island (Martin Perry)
31st Oct 2007 Pomarine Skua View Image single off Dunvegan Head - also a Great Skua (Peter Elford)
30th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image more on the move with 20 at Edinbane (AS)& 6 at Ardnish late in day (A&EH)
30th Oct 2007 Scaup small group of 11 in Broadford Bay at 0800 which had disappeared by 1000 -clearly on migration south (MB)
30th Oct 2007 Redwing View Image 100+ moving s/west through Broadford with 15 Fieldfare - also 20 Fieldfare on the way to Glen Brittle (Jean Thomas)
30th Oct 2007 Brambling View Image 2 in garden at Tote + pair of Reed Bunting & 7 Goldfinch (Carol Hawley)
30th Oct 2007 Swallow very late bird at Broadford (MB)
30th Oct 2007 Goldfinch 'charm' of c20 in garden at Staffin (Martin Perry)
30th Oct 2007 Goldeneye 4 at Ardnish comprising a male and 3 females (A&EH)
30th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image herd of c20 at the head of Loch Sligachan (Shirley Spear)
29th Oct 2007 Peregrine View Image adult bird took prey, possibly Pipit/Starling over 'Walkers & Wellies' in Harrapool then headed off over Broadford Bay (DR)
29th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image still on the move with 12 at Lusa near Broadford (A&EH)and big herd of 38 at Dunvegan heading south in early evening (Colin Alston)
29th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image several groups flying south through Ord with a total count of 38
28th Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image a solitary juvenile has been in Broadford Bay for some time and it has now been joined by possibly 3 others (MB) - perhaps now a chance that it will find its way to wintering sites in Ireland.
28th Oct 2007 Whimbrel View Image late single at Loch Treaslane + 27 Lapwing (AT)
28th Oct 2007 Siskin flock of c30 at Milovaig heading south (AStables)
28th Oct 2007 Fieldfare View Image 120 at Hallin, Waternish (Alan Mearns)
26th Oct 2007 Siskin information is coming through of a Siskin 'irruption' which brought hundreds of birds to the Western Isles over the last week. These birds are continental in origin. Not much evidence on Skye as yet although there was a small flock of c30 heading south into the teeth of the wind at Dunvegan yesterday (RMcM) and there was a small group at Edinbane later to-day (Bruce Killington). Look out for flocks and all sightings welcome.
26th Oct 2007 Black Redstart View Image Redstart definately and probably Black, briefly in a garden at Glendale in the morning following a storm the night before - a scarce record for Skye (Richard Lockett)
25th Oct 2007 Velvet Scoter just to confirm that the bird reported by David Hammond at Loch Harport looks like a drake and is still around, all on its own
25th Oct 2007 Little Grebe View Image 3 at the mouth of Broadford River and 3 at Camas Mor, Bornesketaig
22nd Oct 2007 Red-throated Diver View Image good count of 7 in Staffin Bay (Martin Perry)
22nd Oct 2007 Pectoral Sandpiper this american wader has yet to be recorded on Skye but there is currently one with Golden Plover in a field south of Traigh Golf Course between Mallaig & Morar (per BirdGuides web site)
21st Oct 2007 Slavonian Grebe 3 between Camas na Sgianadin and Broadford Bay - see image by Martin Benson of a Slav in winter plumage.
21st Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image a single straggling juvenile still in Broadford Bay - along with a solitary Knot (MB)
21st Oct 2007 Siskin flock of 30+ in Tote Forest (Carol Hawley)
19th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image more pasing through with 23 at the head of Loch Harport (David Hammond)- also interesting report of a possible Velvet Scoter on the loch.
18th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image good group of 16 on stopover at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (B.Cookson)
18th Oct 2007 Scaup 14 in Broadford Bay in early evening (MB)
17th Oct 2007 Gadwall View Image pair at the head of Loch Sligachan - a pair wintered here in 2005/06 but were absent last winter - perhaps the same birds are back?
17th Oct 2007 Wheatear View Image a late bird at Elgol showed all the characteristics of a Greenland bird.
17th Oct 2007 Kittiwake large flock of 600+ at the head of Loch Ainort - these birds climbed spiralling to about 2000' then headed off southwards - this behaviour of obviously migrating birds going overland has been observed on several occasions.
17th Oct 2007 Goldeneye first of the winter with a single at the Obbe, Ardnish.
17th Oct 2007 Goosander View Image there were 3 at the head of Loch Sligachan but 18 in Loch Slapin is a record count for that location (RMcM)
16th Oct 2007 Slavonian Grebe first report for the autumn/winter of 3 in Broadford Bay - these are probably returning Icelandic birds (MB)
16th Oct 2007 Scaup good report of 16 in Broadford Bay (MB)
16th Oct 2007 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of 27 at Ardnish, Broadford + 5 Whooper Swans (A&EH) - also 6 Brents still in Broadford Bay.
16th Oct 2007 Common Scoter excellent count of c80 in late evening coming into Broadford Bay (MB)
16th Oct 2007 Brambling View Image female in garden at Staffin (Martin Perry)
15th Oct 2007 Twite View Image large flock of 150+ reported from Ullinish (G.Leatherbarrow)
15th Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image report from Dave Rogers of 13 still at Broadford Bay though seemingly in two groups with some hostility between them - it is not unusual for geese and swans to migrate in family or 'area' groups.
15th Oct 2007 Fieldfare View Image bigger flocks passing through with 250 at Torrin and also 150 at Glasnakille - predominantly Fieldfare but also Redwing and a few Mistle Thrushes.
15th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image 8 heading south at Staffin (Martin Perry)
14th Oct 2007 Swallow report from Hugh Scott of 2 late birds at Kyleakin Harbour
14th Oct 2007 Fieldfare View Image flocks passing through with groups in Broadford
/Kyleakin (MB) and c50 at Elgol (RMcM)
13th Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image 2 groups of 6 and 15 in Broadford Bay (MB). Most of our Brents breed in Greenland and stopover on the way south in Iceland before overwintering in Ireland. On 23rd Sept. Martin Benson found two birds with colour rings at Broadford - one had been ringed in Iceland in May this year. The other had lime & yellow darvic rings and was ringed at Alftanes in south west Iceland in May 2006, was at Strangford Lough Ireland in October and was seen back at Alftanes on its journey north on 27th May. Martin's photographs made it possible to identify the ring numbers.
12th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image still groups moving through with 9 & 12 over Ardnish (A&EH + Helen Birch)
11th Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image more passing through with 13 at Caberfeidh, Broadford Bay (DR)
10th Oct 2007 Barn Owl View Image interesting report from Stephen Birch of a bird flying from a rock cleft on Oronsay Island, Bracadale. Coincidentally I had sent a dead Barn Owl off for analysis which was found in Elgol 18 months ago - it was a young bird which was emaciated and had died of starvation.(Bob)
9th Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image reports from Broadford Bay of 12 (DR) & 15(MB)
9th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image report of 28 in Broadford Bay (DR,MB)
8th Oct 2007 Barnacle Goose View Image 2 at Ardnish(A&EH)
8th Oct 2007 Common Crossbill View Image report (per Dave Lodge) of a party in the woods of Raasay.
7th Oct 2007 Whooper Swan View Image 5 over Ardnish (JP & A&EH) and two groups of 4 & 14 in Broadford Bay (MB)
7th Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image 3 at Ashaig (A&EH) & 15 + 5 in groups Broadford Bay (MB)


7th Oct 2007 Red Grouse excellent count of 10 near the Black Lochs (JP)
7th Oct 2007 Black-throated Diver View Image 5 in Broadford Bay (MB)
7th Oct 2007 Barnacle Goose View Image 3 over Broadford Bay (MB)
7th Oct 2007 Scaup excellent count of 19 in Broadford Bay + 3 Tufted Duck & 64 Wigeon (incidentally yours truly had American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Black Duck & Blue-winged Teal + hundreds of Canada Geese - but in Canada!)
7th Oct 2007 Redwing View Image 70 at Plockton & 2 Fieldfare (BN)
7th Oct 2007 Hen Harrier View Image report from Andy Law of a male at the Ashaig end of the Kylerhea road.
7th Oct 2007 Sabine's Gull juvenile about 1 mile off Kilt Rock (via Bird Guides web site)
6th Oct 2007 Wheatear View Image late bird leucorhoa in Broadford Bay (MB)
6th Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image 6 in Broadford Bay (MB)
6th Oct 2007 Twite View Image 35 at Carr Brae, Dornie (BN)
5th Oct 2007 Wigeon 32 at Kirkton Bay & 24 Teal (BN)
3rd Oct 2007 Brent Goose View Image still moving through with 26 at Broadford Bay (DR) - and 19 on the 4th (MB)

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