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
29th Feb 2008 Carrion Crow View Image report of a single at Kensaleyre (GFerguson)
28th Feb 2008 Barn Owl View Image bird at Hamara Lodge, Glendale (AS)
27th Feb 2008 Teal View Image good count of 50 at Reraig, Lochalsh (BN)
27th Feb 2008 Gadwall View Image the two wintering pairs at the head of Loch Sligachan are still present (RMcM)
27th Feb 2008 Lapwing counts of 68 at the north end of Pool Roag, 19 at Bernisdale at the head of Loch Snizort-Beag, and 6 at Loch Cillchriosd (RMcM)
27th Feb 2008 Whimbrel View Image update from Andy Stables - now two at Lower Milovaig which is very interesting.
26th Feb 2008 Whimbrel View Image single at Lower Milovaig feeding on flooded fields - probably the wintering bird reported previously in the area. (AS)
25th Feb 2008 Skylark View Image 8 on the shore at Kirkton Bay, Lochalsh + 8 Goldfinch & 140 Wigeon (BN)
24th Feb 2008 Whooper Swan View Image two on the rarely visited Loch Eishort at Ramasaig (AS)
24th Feb 2008 Lapwing several back on possible breeding grounds at Kingsburgh (SKay)
16th Feb 2008 Twite View Image single in garden in Kyleakin (H&MS)
15th Feb 2008 Carrion Crow View Image single at Portree (AS)
15th Feb 2008 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image single in garden at Kyleakin + 11 Redwing at The Obbe (A&EH)
15th Feb 2008 Common Crossbill View Image 3 in woods at Kyleakin
(H&MS)
15th Feb 2008 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image single at Coille Dalavil, Sleat (KC)
13th Feb 2008 Whimbrel View Image single bird disturbed on the shore of Loch Slapin at Glasnakille - another unusual winter record.
13th Feb 2008 Little Auk another two at Plock of Kyle (BN)
13th Feb 2008 Glaucous Gull View Image white-winged Gull, probable Glaucous flying south at Kylerhea (H&MS)
12th Feb 2008 Skylark View Image further arrivals, this time at Ardnish (RMcM) & An Dubh-aird, Plockton (BN)
12th Feb 2008 Little Auk singles in Broadford Bay and An Dubh-Aird, Plockton are our first reports for some time (RMcM,BN).
12th Feb 2008 Long-tailed Duck View Image 3 in Broadford Bay still - appear to have overwintered.
12th Feb 2008 Lapwing early spring arrivals with 30 on Ardnish during WeBS count - also 21 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 2 Grey Plover, 92 Curlew & 162 Oystercatcher (RMcM)
12th Feb 2008 Whimbrel View Image another possible wintering bird, this time at the head of Loch Dunvegan (Val Hunkin)
11th Feb 2008 Common Crossbill View Image party of 4 in the Allt Ruaridh plantation, Balmeanach (KN)
10th Feb 2008 Goosander View Image pair on river at Glen Brittle (PElford) - other recent sightings include single males at Loch Cillchroisd, Loch Sligachan and Loch Fada
10th Feb 2008 Great Northern Diver View Image a count of 24 in Loch Slapin is the biggest this winter (RMcM)
10th Feb 2008 Skylark View Image spring has sprung! - first Skylark report with a single at Neist Point (AS)
10th Feb 2008 Gannet immature at Neist Point (AS)
10th Feb 2008 Whimbrel View Image report of a single at Neist Point - presumably the same bird which was seen on and which has presumably wintered - a further indication of global warming! (AS)
10th Feb 2008 Goldeneye good count of 12+ on Loch Achaidh na n-inich, Lochalsh (C&L Millington)
8th Feb 2008 Iceland Gull View Image first seen at Portree on 5/2 and still there on the 8th (DJames)
7th Feb 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image group of 15 in field at Glashvin, Staffin (DJames)
7th Feb 2008 Iceland Gull View Image reports of 1st winter in Uig Harbour - and 1st winter + 2nd winter at Portree (Tim Dix)
6th Feb 2008 Kittiwake flock of c60 feeding in the Sound of Raasay.
5th Feb 2008 Rock Pipit good count of 38 - feeding on insects in piles of seaweed at high tide line Camas Malag near Torrin.
5th Feb 2008 Turnstone big count of 35 at Glenelg - also a Greenshank & 3 Goosander (BN)
5th Feb 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on the Black Lochs and 5 on Loch Cillchroisd (DJames)
5th Feb 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on the Black Lochs and 5 on Loch Cillchroisd (DJames)
5th Feb 2008 Black-throated Diver View Image 4 on Loch Ainort from the Moll Road - also a female Merlin (DJames)
4th Feb 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image 74 at Kilmaluag (INorris)
3rd Feb 2008 Iceland Gull View Image report via www.birdguides.com of 8 individuals at Mallaig Harbour + a Kumlien's Gull. This is probably a result of the recent northerlies so keep an eye open for white-winged gulls.
2nd Feb 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image single along with a flock of 40 Greylags at Glen Brittle (KC&KN)
1st Feb 2008 Barn Owl View Image report of a pair in the Staffin area (Sylvia Porter)

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