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
31st Jul 2008 Knot 2 at Broadford Bay along with 44+ Redshank & a Bar-tailed Godwit. (MB)
31st Jul 2008 Linnet pair at Kyleakin Quarry (RMcM)
30th Jul 2008 Sedge Warbler View Image single still singing at Harrapool in harmony with the Grasshopper Warbler (DR)
30th Jul 2008 Sanderling View Image 6 on Ardnish + 20 Golden Plover, 60 Dunlin, 24 Ringed Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit (A&EH)
29th Jul 2008 Grasshopper Warbler despite the late date, still a reeling bird at Harrapool (DR)
27th Jul 2008 Greenshank 12 in Broadford Bay + 3/4 Whimbrel, a Knot and 5 Sandwich Tern (MB)
27th Jul 2008 Manx Shearwater View Image 300+ in Loch Slapin & a single Storm Petrel - also 150+ Guillemot but only a small% with chicks (RMcM)
27th Jul 2008 Little Grebe View Image single on the sea at Lagg, Dornie, in full breeding plumage indicating just how quickly some move away from breeding lochs (BN)
27th Jul 2008 Great Skua View Image singles off the east coast of Raasay (T.Swainbank) and in Broadford Bay
26th Jul 2008 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Ashaig (A&EH)
26th Jul 2008 Swift single in Glen Arroch, Kylerhea Road in evening (SHingston)
25th Jul 2008 Sanderling View Image 2 at Harrapool (DR) and a big count of 24 at Ashaig (A&EH) where there was also a Knot, 2 Greenshank & 2 Whimbrel.
25th Jul 2008 Storm Petrel 10 from Uig-Tarbet ferry + single Great & Arctic Skua (DR)
25th Jul 2008 Sandwich Tern View Image 2 in Broadford Bay and mixed group of c50 Arctic & Common Terns around Ashaig (RMcM, A&EH)
24th Jul 2008 Swift two birds over Lower Milovaig early morning (AStables)
24th Jul 2008 Manx Shearwater View Image 500+ south at Neist Point + single Arctic Skua, with 2 Bonxies on the cliff (AStables)- on the cetacean front 6 Basking Shark and 4 Minke Whales!!
24th Jul 2008 Swift single seen in the Kilmore area of Sleat (Tom Moodie)
23rd Jul 2008 Whimbrel View Image flock of 12 flying high over Broadford Bay (DRogers)
23rd Jul 2008 Grasshopper Warbler single bird still 'reeling' at Harrapool (RThornton)
23rd Jul 2008 Great Skua View Image count of 6 on Eilean Mor, Crowlins included pairs in display - at sea short count found 38 Common Guillemot, 24 Razorbill, 31 Gannet, 2 Puffin & 45 Shag (SHingston)
22nd Jul 2008 Chiffchaff single in garden at Kilbryde, Strathaird (MJohnson)
21st Jul 2008 Grasshopper Warbler an extremely late bird still reeling on Carr Brae - also two juv. Whinchats (BN)
19th Jul 2008 Short-eared Owl View Image continuing the recent run of records a pair were seen on Ardnish (P&RDavison)
18th Jul 2008 Goshawk a rare species in Skye, a female visited a garden at Tote, Trotternish (CHawley)
17th Jul 2008 Seabirds Stewart Hingston was at sea off the Crowlin Islands and observed many small groups of Guillemots but no chicks; Razorbills also in good numbers with a few chicks; a count of 81 Puffins in an hour was also taken. A pair of Great Skuas over the main island. These seabird observations reflect a continuing problem with our seabird population.
16th Jul 2008 Redshank big count of 150+ at Ardnish & 70+ Dunlin (A&EH))
16th Jul 2008 Corncrake View Image one still calling at Trumpan, Waternish (CHawley)
15th Jul 2008 Great Skua View Image single on the mainland side of the Kylerhea ferry - also 20 Gannets (Pete Jones)
15th Jul 2008 Dunlin View Image 65+ in Broadford Bay and a single Sanderling (MB)
14th Jul 2008 Sanderling View Image 3 at Ashaig (A&EH)
13th Jul 2008 Grasshopper Warbler one still reeling at Tote, Trotternish (CHawley)
13th Jul 2008 Great Skua View Image 5 at Staffin (CHawley)
12th Jul 2008 Linnet a species with a patchy distribution on the island - nice male at Kildonan (Helen West)
12th Jul 2008 Knot summer plumage bird on Ardnish - migrants beginning to return south (A&EH)
11th Jul 2008 Greenshank breeding waders are scarce on Skye but Greenshank seem to do well - in an area of forestry and moorland west of Bernisdale at least 4 pairs have been successful and 4 fledged young were on the wing at one site to-day. Territorial birds have also been noted in the Greshornish area which is probably range expansion. (RMcM)
9th Jul 2008 Short-eared Owl View Image another report of a single bird at Achacork, Portree (C&M Lomas)
8th Jul 2008 Storm Petrel 2 feeding just east of the Point of Sleat (SHingston)
8th Jul 2008 Manx Shearwater View Image in a journey up the Sound of Sleat, estimates were difficult but thought to be several thousand and included a single flock of at least 1000 birds off Armadale - groups were scattered as far up the sound as Glenelg (SHingston)
7th Jul 2008 Short-eared Owl View Image report from Alex Turner of a pair with at least one fledged young at Bernisdale - this is a scarce breeding species on Skye.
7th Jul 2008 Siskin Many observers have commented on the large numbers of Siskins in gardens - Alan Mearns from Waternish was able to read some ring numbers on birds visiting his feeders on 25.5.08. One of the birds, a 2nd year male had been ringed 3 months earlier at Aberfoyle in Perthshire. The other had been ringed on 11.2.2006 at Highley in Shropshire. The scientific benefits of digital photography strike again!!
7th Jul 2008 Barn Owl View Image further report from the Portree area with a bird in the late evening at Achacork (Brendan Clancy)
7th Jul 2008 Chiffchaff late singing bird at Glenelg (BN)
6th Jul 2008 Grasshopper Warbler still a singing bird in on the edge of forestry near Bernisdale (RMcM)- and also one at Ardelve on the 4th (BN)
6th Jul 2008 Arctic Skua View Image dark phase bird off the Moll possibly attracted by large numbers of Gulls in a feeding frenzy with a shoal of fish (Murray MacDonald)
5th Jul 2008 Kestrel On 21st April this year Peter Elford found a dead Kestrel below a cliff in Glenelg Bay - it had been ringed and it now transpires that the bird had been ringed as one of six nestlings at Boath near Alness on 8.6.2007 - it was 318 days old and had travelled 95 kms.
5th Jul 2008 Greylag Goose View Image a little advance warning that there is to be a Scottish Greylag Goose Survey during the last three weeks of August - specifically to record summering birds in areas to the north and west of the Great Glen. All counts are welcome at this time and in the lead up to it. Forms can be provided by contacting the site. (Bob)
4th Jul 2008 Seabirds we had an SWT walk to Rubha Hunish to-day. Whilst Shag and Fulmar numbers appeared to be reasonable, there was a noticeable decline in Common Guillemot, Razorbill and Kittiwake. Also seen were Black Guillemot, Puffin and a pair of Great Skua. Up to 4/5 Minke Whale put on a terrific show in the afternoon sun.
4th Jul 2008 Barnacle Goose View Image report from Al Mearns of 3 birds on Clett which is interesting in itself - moreso however was a massive count of 248 Geese (probably Greylags) between Mingay, Clett and Waternish.
2nd Jul 2008 Swift 3 over the Allt Ruaridh plantation, Balmeanach, Struan (RMcM)
2nd Jul 2008 Rose coloured Starling an adult for 2 days at Treetops, Strollamus - apparently very confiding (per Mr&Mrs Willett)

© 2021 Skye Birds