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 Nov 2009 Blackcap View Image male on fatballs at Halistra, Waternish (AMearns)
30th Nov 2009 Black-throated Diver View Image count of 13 on Loch Slapin, + 15 Great Northern Divers and a single Red-throat (RMcM)
29th Nov 2009 Common Crossbill View Image 12 in Tormore Forest, Sleat (RMcM)
28th Nov 2009 Whooper Swan View Image 6 on Loch nan Dubrachan, Sleat - probably the same group on Meodal yesterday (DCJ, RMcM)- also 2 on Loch Strathaird.
28th Nov 2009 Jack Snipe View Image single near Loch Aruisk, Aird of Sleat (RMcM)
28th Nov 2009 Little Grebe View Image single at Peinchorran, Braes (WM)
28th Nov 2009 Kingfisher a rarity in the west there was a bird at Coulags Bridge, Strathcarron (DCJ)
27th Nov 2009 Blackcap View Image male at Carr Brae, Dornie bird table (BN)
24th Nov 2009 Mute Swan View Image always scarce on Skye there was a single at Waterloo this morning (A&EH)
23rd Nov 2009 Greenland White-fronted Goose 24 in the flock at Kilmuir - similar to previous winters (RMcM)
23rd Nov 2009 Gadwall View Image up to 4 have been present at the head of Loch Sligachan in previous winters - this year there is a solitary drake (RMcM)
23rd Nov 2009 Whooper Swan View Image 6 -2adults and 4 juvs - on Loch na Cor, Morvich, Lochalsh (Pete Jones)
22nd Nov 2009 Redwing View Image 60+ still Kyleakin Obbe (H&MScott)
22nd Nov 2009 Greenland White-fronted Goose duplicate counts of 26 in the Broadford area - this suggests this wintering population continues to decline.
21st Nov 2009 Whooper Swan View Image single at Gedintailor (PDark), 4 in Breakish Obbe (DR) and still 7 at Loch Meodal
21st Nov 2009 Turnstone 23 at Waterloo (DR)
21st Nov 2009 Merlin View Image several reports of wintering birds recently - one at Glas Eilean, Harrapool, was mobbed by Gulls and forced to drop its prey into the water (DR)
20th Nov 2009 Goldfinch 15 in garden at Heaste (Lewis Murray)
19th Nov 2009 Whooper Swan View Image 18 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (Rob Wright)
18th Nov 2009 Slavonian Grebe 4 off Ardnish (A&EH)
18th Nov 2009 Whooper Swan View Image 7 at Loch Meodal, Sleat (RC)
18th Nov 2009 Black-throated Diver View Image 2 in Tarskavaig Bay (RC)
17th Nov 2009 Whooper Swan View Image 6 heading south at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
17th Nov 2009 Greenland White-fronted Goose 25 flying south over Broadford (RMcM)
15th Nov 2009 Water Rail calling bird at Loch Suardal (Duncan Shaw)
15th Nov 2009 Greenshank 3 on Breakish Obbe (A&EH) - interestingly in the last week I have seen good nos. of Greenshank at the Ebre Delta and Aguamolls in Spain showing the huge geographical wintering range of this species which also extends to Africa. (Bob)
14th Nov 2009 Barnacle Goose View Image 4 at the head of Loch Caroy (M.Sellors)
13th Nov 2009 Barnacle Goose View Image a few birds seen with Greylags a few miles south of Dunvegan (Duncan Shaw) - possibly the same birds subsequently seen at Loch Caroy.
13th Nov 2009 Slavonian Grebe report of 6 on Loch Eishort at Heaste (per MB)
13th Nov 2009 Blackcap View Image male at Hallin, Waternish (per AM)
13th Nov 2009 Twite View Image 21 on Plockton shore (BN)
12th Nov 2009 Snow Bunting View Image flock of 12 on the Storr (Duncan Shaw)
12th Nov 2009 Red Kite View Image reliable report of one at Dubh-aird, Plockton (per BN)
11th Nov 2009 Turnstone 5 in Balmeanach Bay, Braes (WM)
9th Nov 2009 Golden Plover flock of 40+ on Sron a Ghrobain, Glen Drynoch (Bill Peppe)
8th Nov 2009 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image two at the head of Loch Slapin (Duncan Shaw)
8th Nov 2009 Brambling View Image singl at garden feeders Halistra, Waternish (AM)
8th Nov 2009 Twite View Image still 60 at Kyleakin Obbe & and 50 at Harrapool (A&EH)
8th Nov 2009 Golden Plover 60 at Beinn Edra, Trotternish (JPhillips)
7th Nov 2009 Great Northern Diver View Image 13 between Broadford Bay & Ashaig (DCJ)
7th Nov 2009 Common Crossbill View Image big count of 28 in Kylerhea Forest (DCJ)
4th Nov 2009 Black-throated Diver View Image singles at Camus a Mhor, Braes (WM) & at Ardnish (A&EH) and also a Slavonian Grebe at the last site
3rd Nov 2009 Great Northern Diver View Image numbers building up with 8 in Balmeanach Bay (WM)
2nd Nov 2009 Thrushes still big numbers at Kyleakin with 1000+ (A&EH)

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