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 Jan 2008 Hen Harrier View Image report of ringtail at Bracadale Point (PElford)
27th Jan 2008 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter at Portree - from Bayview Car Park (INorris)
27th Jan 2008 Greenland White-fronted Goose wintering flock of 30 at Ardnish, Broadford - also 5 Purple Sandpipers (A&EH)
22nd Jan 2008 Jack Snipe View Image single at Carr Brae. Lochalsh - also for good measure imm Sea Eagle, Woodcock & 2 early Meadow Pipits (BN)
21st Jan 2008 Fulmar back on breeding cliffs at Staffin Slip (MP)
21st Jan 2008 Blackcap View Image male back at bird table in Staffin (MP)
20th Jan 2008 Redwing View Image group of 20 singing in trees at Lower Milovaig which is eary - could they be moving north? (AS)
20th Jan 2008 Common Crossbill View Image party of 4 in Heartlands Forestry. Ghlinne Bhig + a Woodcock (PElford)
20th Jan 2008 Common Crossbill View Image party of 4 in Heartlands Forestry. Ghlinne Bhig + a Woodcock (PElford)
19th Jan 2008 Barn Owl View Image report from Loch Mealt area, Trotternish. (M Perry)
18th Jan 2008 Long tailed Duck View Image stunning drake at Meanish Pier nr Glendale (AS)
18th Jan 2008 Hen Harrier View Image male at Achacork, Portree (C&MLomas)
16th Jan 2008 Snow Bunting View Image super day for passerines at Ardelve Lochalsh with 7 Snow Bunting, 1 Linnet, 11 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting & 8 Little Grebe (BN)
16th Jan 2008 Blackcap View Image male visiting bird feeders at Tarskavaig (Val Piddick)
16th Jan 2008 Barn Owl View Image single at Ashaig Broadford (A&EH)
14th Jan 2008 Slavonian Grebe in ideal conditions a count of 17 between Camas na Sgianadin & Lusa in the Broadford Bay area is a record (RMcM)
14th Jan 2008 Purple Sandpiper View Image a big tide probably contributed to an excellent count of 25 (RMcM)
14th Jan 2008 Greenland White-front Goose View Image 24 flying over Broadford (DR)
13th Jan 2008 Greenland White-fronted Goose flock of 30 flew from Ardnish towards Black Lochs (A&EH)
13th Jan 2008 Golden Plover numbers on Ardnish up to 28 with 12 Lapwing (A&EH)
13th Jan 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image feeding flock of 37 at Balmaqueen (Colin Alston)
12th Jan 2008 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail seen near Kildonan (Helen West)
12th Jan 2008 Long-tailed Duck View Image still 3 off Waterloo (DR)
12th Jan 2008 Snow Bunting View Image appropriate weather for this species there was a solitary bird on Ardnish (DR)
12th Jan 2008 Golden Plover 16 on Ardnish + a Grey Plover and 6+ Purple Sandpiper. (DR)
12th Jan 2008 Woodcock in support of the theory that this is a good winter Brian Neath picked up 8 in the car headlights between Achmore and Kyle.
11th Jan 2008 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter still at Portree (RMcM)
11th Jan 2008 Widgeon big count of 150 at Kirkton Bay, Lochalsh (BN)
11th Jan 2008 Twite View Image nice flock of 25 + 10 Goldfinch at Kirkton, Lochalsh (BN)
11th Jan 2008 Gadwall View Image still 2 pairs wintering at the head Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
11th Jan 2008 Knot 5 in Broadford Bay (MB)
10th Jan 2008 Whooper Swan View Image wintering birds included 8 at Loch Shiel, 3 at Faoilean and 3 at Loch Cillchroisd (BN RMcM)
10th Jan 2008 Little Grebe View Image 6 at the mouth of the River Shiel (BN)
10th Jan 2008 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Portree (MB)
9th Jan 2008 Sanderling View Image although this species winters on the Uists, records in winter on Skye are extremely rare so 3 on the shore at Loch Brittle is very interesting. (KN KC)
8th Jan 2008 Skye-Birds Records 2007 The year 2007 was exceptional in terms of the numbers and quality of records submitted and these have now been compiled into a report which is sent to the Highland Recorder for inclusion in the Highland Bird Report. It is impossible to include all of the many hundreds of records forwarded but it may be of interest that 170 different species were recorded. Black Swan, albeit an escapee, was recorded for the first time. Other rare species of note included Velvet Scoter, Turtle Dove, Lesser Whitethroat, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull and Sabine's Gull. There was a calling Quail in Trotternish and the breeding highlight was the discovery of a Dotterel nest, a first for Skye and the furthest west the species has been known to breed in Scotland. The recent Kumlien's Gull would also be a first if accepted, but it is a hybrid and not regarded as a separate species from Iceland Gull. If anyone would like a copy of this report please e.mail me and I will forward it as an attachment. Thanks again to everyone for forwarding records which is contributing significantly to our knowledge of the area.
8th Jan 2008 Glaucous Gull View Image first winter bird at Portree (MB)
8th Jan 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image nice feeding flock of 89 at Kilmaluag (MB)
7th Jan 2008 Woodcock always an elusive species several observers have commented on the numbers about this winter and Atlas work continues to turn them up, both in scrubby woodland and on the open hill and moor. With few frosts and little snow above average numbers may be wintering.
7th Jan 2008 Waxwing View Image a scarce species in the west this winter there was a single on Hawthorn berries at Avernish, Lochalsh (BNeath)- now established that a single bird was seen in a garden in Mallaig on the 6th (per birdguides)
6th Jan 2008 Twite View Image 14 at Waterloo (MB)
4th Jan 2008 Iceland Gull View Image report of juvenile Iceland and Kumlien's Gull at Mallaig - per
3rd Jan 2008 Gannet scarce in winter there were 2 in Bearreraig Bay, Storr.
2nd Jan 2008 Short-eared Owl View Image two flushed at the Waterloo end of Ardnish and flew towards Scalpay (A&EH)
2nd Jan 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of 100 on pasture at Claigan, Dunvegan (Marjorie MacInnes)

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