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
30th Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image group of 5 at the head of Loch Slapin (RMcM)
28th Apr 2008 White Wagtail View Image single on Ardnish (A&EH) with 9 at Meanish Pier, Glendale (AS)
28th Apr 2008 Wood Warbler 2 singing Carr Brae + a Blackcap singing Dornie (BN)
28th Apr 2008 Common Scoter 6 at Knock Bay, Sleat (Tony Reed)
28th Apr 2008 Slavonian Grebe two at Knock Bay, Sleat (Tony Reed) - a late date at a new location.
28th Apr 2008 Chiffchaff three singing birds at Teangue area (Tony Reed)
28th Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image two at Knock Bay + two Greenshank (Tony Reed)
27th Apr 2008 Grasshopper Warbler 'reeling' bird at Coishleadar Forest, Edinbane (RMcM), with 3 at Nostie and a single at Ardelve, Lochalsh (BN), with a single at Harrapool in the evening (DR)
27th Apr 2008 Whooper Swan View Image straggler at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
27th Apr 2008 Tree Pipit View Image one singing at Carr Brae + a Restart - both scarce species on Skye (BN)
27th Apr 2008 Willow Warbler View Image 37 recorded singing in a tetrad in the Nostie/Avernish area of Lochalsh (BN)
27th Apr 2008 Cuckoo 1st report from Portnalong, a week later than normal, and still fairly thin on the ground (Sue Tate)
27th Apr 2008 Wheatear View Image heavy movement through with 8 on Ardnish(A&EH)
27th Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image 12 on Ardnish (A&EH) and 6 Bar-tailed Godwit at Waterloo (DR)
27th Apr 2008 Whinchat View Image first of the year at Harrapool (DR)
27th Apr 2008 Whinchat View Image first of the year at Harrapool (DR)
26th Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image good movements of waders at Harrapool/Waterloo with 10 Whimbrel, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, and single Black-tailed and Grey Plover in the morning - with a terrific count of 17 Whimbrel in the evening(MB)
26th Apr 2008 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird, first of the year, at Harrapool (MB)
26th Apr 2008 White Wagtail View Image 3 at Meanish Pier, nr Glendale (AS)
26th Apr 2008 House Martin View Image first of the year at Drynoch (Sue Tate)
26th Apr 2008 Redstart single at the Brochs, Glenelg (PElford)
25th Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image 3 at An Aird, Balmeanach, Braes (WMarshall) - also 5 here on the 21st
25th Apr 2008 White Wagtail View Image single at An Aird, Balmeanach, Braes (WM et al)
25th Apr 2008 Velvet Scoter report from David Hammond that the overwintering scoter is still present on Loch Harport associating with mergansers.
25th Apr 2008 Hooded Crow report from Colin Alston of a Hooded Crow in his garden at Dunvegan eating tadpoles (Though I have checked ref. books no record of this that I can find - though perhaps not surprising as they are very successful 'generalist' feeders - Bob)
25th Apr 2008 Common Scoter pair in Broadford Bay late evening (MB)
24th Apr 2008 House Martin View Image another two this morning at Treaslane (AS)
24th Apr 2008 Chiffchaff singing bird at Lower Milovaig (AS)
24th Apr 2008 Hoopoe one seen first thing this morning at Flodigarry and last seen flying towards the Flodigarry Hotel (Kevin & Sandy Penman)and the same bird was later seen at Kilmaluag (per Donald Beaton). This is the first record since one turned up at Borve in 2003, and seems typical of a spring migrant which has overflown north by some considerable distance.
24th Apr 2008 Sand Martin View Image c6 at Waterloo feeding under the trees during the cold weather (MB)
24th Apr 2008 Greylag Goose View Image numbers building up with 21 at The Obbe, Kyleakin (A&EH)
24th Apr 2008 Common Sandpiper View Image two at Ashaig/Lusa (A&EH)
23rd Apr 2008 Common Crossbill View Image family part of 4-6 at Keppoch, Strathaird. (RMcM) (This was on JMT land in a plantation where tree felling was in full swing - sometimes wonder how much wildlife is destroyed by these operations which proceed without respite throughout the breeding season)
23rd Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image 2 at Milovaig, Glendale (AS)and a single at Ardmore, Waternish (SHingston)
23rd Apr 2008 House Martin View Image first report of the year with 2 at Harrapool (MB)
22nd Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image single near Strathaird Point (RMcM)
21st Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image single at Meanish Pier, Milovaig (AS)
21st Apr 2008 Great Skua View Image one back in territory on Staffin Island (M.Perry) - we have an increasing number of summering birds and it would be good to confirm breeding on a number of sites.
20th Apr 2008 Manx Shearwater View Image count of 66 off Neist Point - also 4 Puffin close inshore (AS)
20th Apr 2008 Common Crossbill View Image noisy family group in Allt Ruaridh plantation, Balmeanach indicating local breeding.
20th Apr 2008 Cuckoo first report of the year at Kildonan (Helen West) with one at Edinbane the following day(RMcM)
19th Apr 2008 'Garden Birds' we reported on the Red-throated Diver in Ob Breakish at the bottom of the Phillips's garden and just to say the bird is still there, feeding on small trout, and is extremely confiding. A photograph taken by young Robert Phillips is in the Gallery. The pair of Snow Buntings at Elgol are still about spending most of their time feeding on the garden and resting on the roof. It can only be assumed that the cold weather has stifled any migratory urge.
19th Apr 2008 Common Sandpiper View Image another arrival this time at Meanish Pier near Glendale (AS)
19th Apr 2008 Linnet up to 6 birds using feeders at Lower Milovaig (AS)
19th Apr 2008 Greenshank 4 at Satran at the head of Loch Harport (Sue Tate)
19th Apr 2008 Black-throated Diver View Image 3 in Gesto Bay (Sue Tate)
18th Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image 2 at Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
18th Apr 2008 Common Sandpiper View Image 1st report of a bird calling in the evening at Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Apr 2008 Linnet pair at bird feeders at Lower Milovaig (AS)
18th Apr 2008 Whooper Swan View Image single adult bird on Loch Achaidh na-Inich, Lochalsh (BN)
17th Apr 2008 Bird Atlas TTV Brian Neath visited one of his tetrads at Loch Long near Dornie and recorded 42 species including 2 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, a Willow Warbler, 15 Twite and 4 Yellowhammer.
16th Apr 2008 Blackcap View Image male at garden feeder in Potree (INorris)
16th Apr 2008 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single on passage at Harrapool (MB)
16th Apr 2008 Velvet Scoter the bird which overwintered is still at Loch Harport.
16th Apr 2008 Magpie single bird at Glasnakille for a couple of days (Mhairi Henderson) - probably the bird recently reported at Ord.
15th Apr 2008 Iceland Gull View Image always worth checking out the many Gulls passing through - Martin Benson had 3 Icelands at Broadford Bay.
15th Apr 2008 Whimbrel View Image on the move north to Iceland with 6 at Harrapool in evening (MB)
15th Apr 2008 Hen Harrier View Image report of a male at Ullinish at 8.0pm (Graham Leatherbarrow) and possibly the same bird seen by Les Millington at Ose at 8.30pm. Sightings of Hen Harriers are always welcome as they help piece to-gether territories for the ongoing breeding study by RMcM.
15th Apr 2008 Merlin View Image several birds are now being reported in breeding territories and a male at Waternish to-day was possibly a migrant as it was flying directly north and through the area. There is a Merlin national breeding census this year so all observations are welcome.
14th Apr 2008 Snow Bunting View Image a wee update on Bob's Buntings at Elgol - the male and female remained with us until the 11th when the male disappeared - however the female remained with us again spending time feeding around the house and resting on the roof - we thought we had lost the male but he is now back again (see updated shots in Gallery)
14th Apr 2008 Willow Warbler View Image single at Lower Milovaig early morning (AS)
14th Apr 2008 Red-throated Diver View Image single found by John Phillips in Ob Breakish which appears to be a young first summer bird, quite tame and feeding below the small waterfall in the burn which leads to the Ob - photographed catching a small trout. This may be the same bird photographed recently at Lusa by Alan Horner. Such confiding behaviour is unusual - see images in Gallery.
14th Apr 2008 Chiffchaff two singing on Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BN)
14th Apr 2008 Greenshank 6 at Shiel Bridge, Lochalsh (BN) - also 4 at Kilmarie, Loch Slapin on 11th (RMcM)
13th Apr 2008 Meadow Pipit View Image excellent count of 250-300 at Lower Milovaig, Glendale were probably migrants and attracted in a male Merlin (AS)
13th Apr 2008 Jackdaw this species is scarce in Lochalsh so a single at Carr Brae is unusual (BN)
12th Apr 2008 Swallow two at Harrapool + a Willow Warbler (MB)
12th Apr 2008 Common Gull goos nos. moving through with 140+ in Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Apr 2008 Willow Warbler View Image 1st report at Portnalong (Sue Tate)
11th Apr 2008 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 100 flying north through the Cuillin at the head of Loch Scavaig + 5 Whooper Swans (RMcM)
11th Apr 2008 Chiffchaff first report of the spring from Kirkton, Lochalsh (BN)
11th Apr 2008 Goosander View Image single female at Ashaig/Lusa with Mergansers (A&EH)
10th Apr 2008 Shoveler nice drake along with 10 Wigeon at Lusa (A&EH)
10th Apr 2008 Canada Goose View Image single bird along with 2 Whooper Swan at Loch Cleit, Duntulm (Colin Alston)
9th Apr 2008 Swallow 1st report of the year from Peter Elford & Linda Henderson at Ullinish
9th Apr 2008 Common Crossbill View Image report of a single bird in the plantations near Loch Connan (Ian Norris)
9th Apr 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 26 heading north-west over Loch Duich, Lochalsh (BN)
9th Apr 2008 Black Guillemot View Image excellent count of 44 at Plock of Kyle to the north-west of Skye Bridge (BN)
9th Apr 2008 Wheatear View Image pair back in territory at Carr Brae, Lochalsh + 2 singing Yellowhammer (BN)
9th Apr 2008 Willow Warbler View Image report of a single in a garden in Kyle - certainly our first and an early date (Charlotte Bell via BN)
9th Apr 2008 Fieldfare View Image single bird at Portnalong (Sue Tate)
8th Apr 2008 Snow Bunting View Image still a pair in Bob's garden at Elgol, literally on the roof! (see image) (RMcM)
8th Apr 2008 Greylag Goose View Image skeins still moving through with 250 north in two groups through Strathaird and skeins of 80 and 40 over Broadford (RCharlesworth, RMcM)
8th Apr 2008 Lapland Bunting whilst watching Snow Buntings feeding by the roadside at Elgol suddenly realised there was a male Lapland Bunting (Longspur) with them - a poor photo but see image. (RMcM)
8th Apr 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 10 at Loch Caroy (Sue Tate)
7th Apr 2008 Snow Bunting View Image still 5 by the roadside between Elgol and Glasnakille and also 3 in Elgol itself (all am) with 2 in Bob's garden in the afternoon(RMcM)
7th Apr 2008 Reed Bunting View Image single visiting feeders in garden at Ullinish (GLeatherbarrow)and also a pair on the shore at Kensaleyre on the 6th (GFerguson)and 4 visiting garden feeders in Harrapool (RCharlesworth)
7th Apr 2008 Wheatear View Image at least 5 in Elgol, with 4 feeding on flotsam at the jetty (RMcM)
7th Apr 2008 Greylag Goose View Image moving through with 70 on Ardnish - also a Peregrine & 36 Turnstone (A&EH)
7th Apr 2008 Golden Plover 13 at Balmeanach, Braes(WMarshall)
7th Apr 2008 Black-headed Gull 5 at Camus a Mhor, Braes (WM) and 3 at Lower Milovaig (AS)
7th Apr 2008 Whooper Swan View Image mixed flock of 30 Whoopers and c120 Greylag Geese heading north at Milovaig, Glendale (AS)
7th Apr 2008 Whooper Swan View Image group of 13 migrants on Loch Meodal, Sleat (James Merryweather)
6th Apr 2008 Snow Bunting View Image appropriately enough on a wild snowy day there was a group of 12 and a separate group of 3 between Elgol and Glasnakille at the roadside (RMcM)
6th Apr 2008 Greenland Whitefronted Goose braving the weather on Ardnish (A&EH) were rewarded with two flocks of Whitefronts estimated in total at 250-300 - probably the largest count ever recorded on Skye and obviously weather related.
6th Apr 2008 Manx Shearwater View Image first of the year, count of c20 pushing north at Uig towards the Minch (Martin Perry)
5th Apr 2008 Greylag Goose View Image despite strong northerly winds with snow skeins of Greylags were still struggling north in Sleat and Broadford. Peter Elford also had several skeins of 'grey' geese heading north at the Kylerhea Ferry - all smallish groups of 25-40.
5th Apr 2008 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter in Broadford Bay in front of Blackpark (MB)
4th Apr 2008 Wheatear View Image 1st at Portnalong (Sue Tate)
3rd Apr 2008 Velvet Scoter still a single male on Loch Harport which may have overwintered (David Hammond)
3rd Apr 2008 Razorbill View Image at Kylerhea Ferry 40/50 flying north + a few Puffins (Peter Elford)
3rd Apr 2008 Magpie report of a single bird at Ord - our first for some time (Sue & Eric Finney)
2nd Apr 2008 Wheatear View Image another pair at Claigan, Dunvegan (Marjorie MacInnes)and a female at Glasnakille (RMcM)and another single on Ardnish (A&EH)
2nd Apr 2008 Lapwing 30 at Ardnish + 6 Purple Sandpiper & 9 Shelduck (A&EH)
1st Apr 2008 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 21 heading north over Milovaig, Glendale at 0745 hours (AStables)
1st Apr 2008 Wheatear View Image single at Kilbryde, Strathaird (JJones)

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