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 Mar 2008 Whooper Swan View Image still heading north with 3 herds totalling 104 over Claigan, Dunvegan (Marjorie MacInnes)
31st Mar 2008 Greylag Goose View Image skeins heading north throughout the day with a total count of 640 over Claigan, Dunvegan (Marjorie MacInnes)
30th Mar 2008 Wheatear View Image 1st reports in the north with a single male at Lower Milovaig, a pair at Upper Milovaig (AS) and a pair at Coral Beaches, Dunvegan (Bernard Cookson) - + a report of 2 at Glenelg (BN)
30th Mar 2008 Gannet back in Loch Pooltiel (AS) and 6+ in Loch Slapin (RMcM)
30th Mar 2008 Greenshank two at the head of Loch Slapin are probably returning local breeders (RMcM)as was a single at The Obbe, Kyleakin (A&EH)
30th Mar 2008 Black-throated Diver View Image 10 in Loch Slapin off Glasnakille & count of 18 Great Northerns (RMcM)
30th Mar 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 12 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (Bernard Cookson) and 13 at Strathaird Loch (RMcM)
30th Mar 2008 Bullfinch rarely reported in any number so 6 at the Obbe, Kyleakin is unusual (A&EH)
29th Mar 2008 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 25 heading north at Lower Milovaig, Glendale (AS)
28th Mar 2008 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird at the mouth of the Broadford River (MB)
25th Mar 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image 70 on Staffin Island (CHawley)
24th Mar 2008 Snow Bunting View Image another single female at Loch Cuithir, Lealt + 2 Whoopers, 7 Goldeneye and a female Goosander on the Lealt River (C.Hawley)
22nd Mar 2008 Snow Bunting View Image small flock of c10 along with Skylarks at Drinan, Strathaird (RMcM)
22nd Mar 2008 Slavonian Grebe single at Ard Dorch (Terry Swainbank)
20th Mar 2008 Turnstone 24 on a breezy Ardnish + a single Knot & 16 Greylags (A&EH)
19th Mar 2008 Red Grouse two on the path between Sligachan & Glen Brittle + a Dipper on the river (Jean Thomas)
19th Mar 2008 Red-throated Diver View Image 3 in Lealt Bay (C.Hawley)
18th Mar 2008 Gadwall View Image two pairs still at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
18th Mar 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Loch na Sguabaidh, head of Loch Slapin (RMcM)
18th Mar 2008 Jack Snipe View Image 3 on the Heaste road is an excellent count (MB) - possibly birds on return migration - also 2 Red Grouse.
17th Mar 2008 Yellowhammer pair back singing in territory in Carr Brae, Lochalsh + Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming & Long-tailed Tit nest building - its spring for at least a few days!! (BN)
17th Mar 2008 Snow Bunting View Image two males at the roadside in Heaste (Neil Bennett)
14th Mar 2008 Whooper Swan View Image on the move already with 12 north over Dunvegan and 25 similarly moving north last week-end (B.Cookston)
14th Mar 2008 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image 2 at Lephin, Glendale suggesting they are starting to move back in (AS)
13th Mar 2008 Twite View Image flock of 20 in sheep fank on Glendale Road, Dunvegan. (AS)
13th Mar 2008 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird in Loch Portree (I Norris)
11th Mar 2008 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail reported from Glen Brittle (MMacDonald)
9th Mar 2008 Golden Plover numbers at Ardnish up to 40 (A&EH)
8th Mar 2008 Purple Sandpiper View Image count of 11 - also 11 Golden Plover - on Ardnish (A&EH)
8th Mar 2008 Lapwing group of 21 at Lower Breakish and 12 Golden Plover (probably the same as at Ardnish) - Lis Phillips
7th Mar 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of 56 at Kilmaluag which is probably the best spot on the main island to see the species.
7th Mar 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of 56 at Kilmaluag which is probably the best spot on the main island to see the species.
4th Mar 2008 Great Northern Diver View Image numbers building up with 15 on the Moll loop and 24 in Loch Slapin at dusk.
4th Mar 2008 Black-throated Diver View Image increasing numbers in Loch Slapin with count of 13
2nd Mar 2008 Purple Sandpiper View Image 5 at Ardnish - also 10 Skylark (A&EH)
2nd Mar 2008 Reed Bunting View Image up to 9 in a garden at Lower Breakish - a good count by our standards (Lis Phillips)
1st Mar 2008 Skylark View Image flocks of 15 at Ramasaig and 40 at Waterstein (RMcM)
1st Mar 2008 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image single along with Herring Gull at Struan (RMcM)

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