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 Jan 2009 Purple Sandpiper View Image 3 on the shore at Waterloo, Broadford, with Turnstone (DR)
29th Jan 2009 Goldeneye another good count of 9 at Ardnish + 9 Lapwing (A&EH)
27th Jan 2009 Barnacle Goose View Image re the report last week, now up to 72 feeding at Claigan, Dunvegan. (MMacInnes)
27th Jan 2009 Greenland White-fronted Goose Good count of 36 at Ardnish, with 23 at Kilmuir yesterday (A&EH & RMcM)
27th Jan 2009 Twite View Image good winter count of 8 at Drumbuie, Lochalsh with 15 Goldfinch (Rule Anderson)
26th Jan 2009 Golden Eagle View Image excellent weather and time of year for seeing birds with pair above Uig, another pair above Struan and three birds near Kilbryde, Torrin. - image of Uig bird in Gallery (RMcM, PE & JJ)
24th Jan 2009 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image a single visiting garden at Kilbryde near Torrin is away from the normal area (MMJohnson)
24th Jan 2009 Purple Sandpiper View Image 8 on Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
23rd Jan 2009 Shelduck numbers increasing with 7 at Harrapool + 45 Dunlin & 20 Ringed Plover (DR)
21st Jan 2009 Barnacle Goose View Image 27 at Claigan, Dunvegan along with a few Greylags (PElford)
19th Jan 2009 Glaucous Gull View Image ist report of the winter from Mallaig Harbour where there are also 5 Iceland Gulls (Stephen MacDonald)
18th Jan 2009 Sanderling View Image single at Meanish Pier, Milovaig, this species is scarce in winter and may be a result of the gales (AS)
17th Jan 2009 Over the Sea from Skye just a reminder to anyone interested that Bob will be giving a talk on birding in Maritime Canada and Guatemala on Wednesday 21st January at 7.30pm in Tigh na Sgire, Portree - all welcome - see events page.
17th Jan 2009 Greenland White-fronted Goose count of 10 on Ardnish, Broadford, including a bird which looked in poor health (A&EH) - counts of this species have been low this winter.
17th Jan 2009 Barnacle Goose View Image 48 at Stenscholl, Staffin (MPerry)
17th Jan 2009 Fulmar single bird back nest prospecting at Staffin Slipway, clearly undeterred by the gales! (MP)
15th Jan 2009 White-tailed Eagle View Image this is a good time to see birds as they begin to move about and get active prior to the breeding season - an adult provided great views on the Struan Hill road (FReynolds) and there was also a birdover the A851 near Kinloch (RCottis)
14th Jan 2009 Purple Sandpiper View Image During WeBS high tide count in Broadford Bay up to 23, + a Jack Snipe, single Grey Plover & 10 Scoter sp. (probably Common) (RMcM)
14th Jan 2009 Reed Bunting View Image this species is probably much less numerous than in the past probably due to shortages of winter feeding in areas formerly cultivated - it will therefore exploit garden feeders and there have been several recent reports of pairs including Uiginish, Dunvegan, and Harrapool (H.MacDonald & R.Charlesworth)
13th Jan 2009 Black-throated Diver View Image group of 9 feeding to-gether in Loch Slapin off Kilmarie Bay (RMcM)
13th Jan 2009 Cormorant good numbers can always be seen in the Dornie area in winter but a count of 70 is exceptional (BNeath)
10th Jan 2009 Glaucous Gull View Image our first report for the winter - a 2nd winter bird at Lower Milovaig (AS)
9th Jan 2009 Goldeneye good count of 10 at Ashaig, probably a result of frozen inland lochs (AH)
7th Jan 2009 Slavonian Grebe single in Balmeanach Bay, Braes (WM)
5th Jan 2009 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Meanish Pier, Milovaig -AS
5th Jan 2009 Greenshank single at Glenelg + 15 Wigeon - PJones
5th Jan 2009 Golden Plover continuing the reports - Bill Marshall recorded 22 at Balmeanach - also a single Black-throatrd Diver at Camus a Mhor.
2nd Jan 2009 Reed Bunting View Image two birds coming to spilled grain at Milovaig, Glendale - rarely recorded in the area - AS. Also report from Carol Hawley of a single on bird feeders at Tote the following day.
2nd Jan 2009 Jack Snipe View Image single feeding in garden at Knott, Bernisdale (Muriel Hutchinson)
1st Jan 2009 Snow Bunting View Image 10 at Waterstein Head (A&AS)
1st Jan 2009 Golden Plover 7 at Waterstein Head & 40 near Neist Point car park (A&AS) and 8 at Loch Cuithir on the 3rd (CHawley) - also notable influx of Snipe in the area with 6 at Waterstein, 6 at Milovaig.
1st Jan 2009 Goldeneye good vount of 9 on Loch Mor, Waterstein + 5 Goosander, 2 Tufted Duck & 7 Redshank (A&AS)
1st Jan 2009 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Talisker Bay (Sue Tate)

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