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 Sep 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 13 on the Storr Lochs (Rod Downs)
29th Sep 2008 Hen Harrier View Image report of a male at Kilvaxter (MPerry) and another at Ullinish on the 28th (GLeatherbarrow) and also a delayed report of a female at nearby Ebost on 25th (Linda Henderson)
29th Sep 2008 Brent Goose View Image still moving through with 85 resting at Ardnish (A&EH)
27th Sep 2008 Brent Goose View Image migration is dominating the site at the moment with 105 in Broadford Bay (am) which moved on, then 172 in the evening - these are excellent counts by our standards (MB)
27th Sep 2008 Jack Snipe View Image single at Broadford Bay + 2 Whimbrel (MB)
27th Sep 2008 Red Kite View Image report of a single bird flying south at Braes towards Sound of Raasay (Jan Scott)
27th Sep 2008 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image report of a bird around for the week and feeding on the bird table at Lyndale House, Greshornish (Marcus Riddell-Smith) - this species rarely wanders too far north from its stronghold on the south of Skye and this is possibly the farthest north on the island it has been recorded.
27th Sep 2008 Pink-footed Goose View Image single amongst Brents at Broadford Bay (MB)
26th Sep 2008 Teal View Image 6 on the Obbe, Kyleakin (A&EH)
25th Sep 2008 Arctic Tern View Image 2 juvs at Broadford Bay + 13 Brent Geese (MB)
23rd Sep 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 6 flying sw in the Sound of Sleat (Stephen MacDonald)
23rd Sep 2008 Red Kite View Image wandering bird near the west end of Loch Morar (Stephen MacDonald)
22nd Sep 2008 Brent Goose View Image total of 37 in different groups counted in Broadford area (A&EH)
22nd Sep 2008 Brent Goose View Image continuing the run of records MB had a total of 38 - including colour ringed birds - these are part of a current project with the Irish wintering population so please try and read any ring numbers. MB received info that one of these birds was ringed in High Arctic Canada & the other two on passage in Iceland.
19th Sep 2008 Whooper Swan View Image 9 over Kyleakin heading southwest - first report of the Autumn (A&EH)
19th Sep 2008 Brent Goose View Image 10 pale bellied at Lusa Mouth + 12 Wigeon (A&EH)
19th Sep 2008 Scaup 5 in Broadford Bay + 7 Common Scoter, 17 Brent geese & 6 Whimbrel (MB)
17th Sep 2008 Slavonian Grebe an early returner at Ardnish + a Great Northern Diver (A&EH)
17th Sep 2008 Common Scoter 3 in Broadford Bay
16th Sep 2008 Knot 4 in Broadford Bay (MB)
14th Sep 2008 Turtle Dove report of a bird at Lower Milovaig - the 2nd report this year of this scarce vagrant (AS)
13th Sep 2008 Black-tailed Godwit View Image at Broadford Bay - 5 + 4 Whimbrel & a Knot (MB)
9th Sep 2008 Twite View Image flock of 100+ at Ashaig airstrip (A&EH)
9th Sep 2008 Sooty Shearwater View Image single east of Staffin Island from MV Kerry out of Gairloch (per
9th Sep 2008 Barn Owl View Image road casualty near Sligachan (MPerry)
8th Sep 2008 Black-throated Diver View Image 10 in Kilmarie Bay, Loch Slapin (RMcM)
8th Sep 2008 Siskin large flock of 120+ in woods at Glasnakille (RMcM)
7th Sep 2008 Golden Eagle View Image great weather for seeing Eagles with report of a juvenile in the Talisker area, a pair near Glendale, and an adult and a juvenile north-east of Drynoch (C&MLomas, MB, RMcM)
7th Sep 2008 Whinchat View Image still stragglers with 2 at Pool Roag (MB,RMcM)
5th Sep 2008 Osprey View Image just to let you know that one of Roy Dennis's satellited tagged young Osprey's called 'Moray' passed north through Skye on 30 & 31st August. The bird was present on Lewis for several days but unfortunately it was found dead on 6/9 - see Such mortality is not unusual in young birds of prey which apart from the difficulties of fending for themselves, have also to undertake long distance migration.
5th Sep 2008 Knot flock of 25+ flew in off the sea at Ardnish (though may not have settled) late morning with 6 in Broadford Bay later (RMcM, MB)
5th Sep 2008 Lapwing flock of 25+ at Romesdal (E.Ferguson)
4th Sep 2008 Short-eared Owl View Image another bird seen at the roadside at Gearymore near Ose (JPAlexander)
4th Sep 2008 Common Scoter 2 pairs in Broadford Bay - still there on the 5th (MB)
3rd Sep 2008 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 2 at Ashaig + 6 Bar-tailed Godwit + 9 Golden Plover (A&EH)
2nd Sep 2008 Brent Goose View Image solitary Brent circled Broadford Bay then headed sw towards Loch Slapin (DR)
2nd Sep 2008 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image still 19 at Harrapool + good numbers of other waders with max of 125 Dunlin, 3 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 46 Redshank and a single Whimbrel (MB)
1st Sep 2008 Linnet pair at Breakish in a mixed flock of Twite & Goldfinch (DR)
1st Sep 2008 Whimbrel View Image 3 at Staffin Island (RMcM)

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