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
31st May 2010 Black Stork continuing our run of extremely interesting vagrants there is a report from Chris Lewis of a Black Stork at Waternish Point - this is a real rarity but one has been on the western isles recently and it may well be this bird on the move.
30th May 2010 Black Kite report from Dan Brown of a Black Kite just north of Portree at around midday - initially it moved north, then back south over the town. This is thought to be a wandering vagrant and would be a new record for Skye.
30th May 2010 Whimbrel View Image still some stragglers about with a single at Staffin slipway - also two Great Northern Diver in Staffin Bay (MPerry)
29th May 2010 Waxwing View Image late report but very interesting record of a Waxwing in Dunvegan for a week until cMay 19 - Caron Houston (see Gallery)
29th May 2010 Golden Plover interesting count of 8 on Ardnish + 4 pairs Greylags with creche of 24 young (A&EH)
29th May 2010 Whooper Swan View Image straggler on Loch a Ghlinne, Sleat (JP) and there had also been a pair on a loch in Minginish until 6th May (Bill Peppe) but now seem to have moved on.
28th May 2010 Dipper scarcer and pair with 3 fledged young at River Snizort (DForshaw)
26th May 2010 Redpolls!! over the last few weeks we have had lots of reports of Redpolls at feeders throughout the island. Many are starting to nest and their breeding habitat ranges from young coniferous plantations, native woodland, birch scrub, and even moorland with scattered dwarf scrub. Nearly all these breeding birds are Lesser Redpolls though there is just the possibility there could be a few 'Common' - they can be a challenge to sort out.
26th May 2010 Osprey View Image a wandering bird either mobbing or being mobbed by a pair of Golden Eagles near Dunvegan (DForshaw)
25th May 2010 Spotted Flycatcher View Image 3 birds recorded at Talisker House (DForshaw)
24th May 2010 Great Skua View Image at least 4 birds on Staffin Island (DForshaw)
23rd May 2010 Tawny Owl successful at Torrin with three young on the point of fledging (see Gallery)(GHopwood)- it is important to try and record breeding success for the BTO Atlas - if you are a user log in and look at "My Local Gaps" which is a new feature. Otherwise pass details of any fledged young to the site and I will upload them into the system.
23rd May 2010 Corncrake View Image RSPB monitoring of the Skye population has re-commenced and Alan Sillence has passed on the reigns to Sheila Parlane. It is excellent still weather to listen for Corncrakes, and so far Sheila has recorded up to 14 separate calling birds, mainly in Trotternish. If you hear birds calling can you let Sheila know on (07771545409), or to this site and we will be happy to pass details on. Please avoid going on to croftland as nearly all the birds can be easily heard from public roads.
23rd May 2010 Linnet 4 birds seen during a tetrad count on the Moll Road (WM)
23rd May 2010 Common Whitethroat View Image two males singing at Lower Milovaig (AS)
23rd May 2010 Sanderling View Image 7 at Balmeanach Bay with 31 Dunlin and a single Turnstone (WM)
22nd May 2010 Whimbrel View Image 2 at Loch Greshornish (DForshaw)
21st May 2010 Knot 5 at Harrapool + a Sanderling & 3 Common Scoter in Broadford Bay (MB)
21st May 2010 Garden Warbler another scarce record for the area, one singing at Carr Brae (BN)
20th May 2010 Lesser Whitethroat View Image a very scarce record for the area - a bird singing at Clachan Duich cemetry, Lochalsh (BN)
19th May 2010 Sedge Warbler View Image during a tetrad visit at Linicro at least 20 singing birds - this would suggest that the area of Chaluim Chille has an extremely high breeding density of this species (RMcM)
19th May 2010 Great Northern Diver View Image 6 off Ru Meanish, Glendale (RWoodward)
19th May 2010 Corn Bunting View Image an exceptionally scarce report of a bird singing near Uig (RWoodward)
19th May 2010 Common Crossbill View Image party of 6 flew from Otter Haven, Kylerhea to mainland (RWoodward)
18th May 2010 Whimbrel View Image single at the mouth of the Arish Burn on Raasay (SBungard)
18th May 2010 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Loch Sligachan (RWoodward)
16th May 2010 Common Crossbill View Image Groups of 12 and 6 including fledged young in Choisleadar Forest near the Aketil windfarm (RMcM)
16th May 2010 Broad-billed Sandpiper View Image still showing well at Harrapool - several more images by Martin Benson now in the gallery.
16th May 2010 Redstart a scarce bird on Skye, a male was singing in a tetrad at Tokavaig, Sleat - also 3 Tree Pipits and a Blackcap (MB)
16th May 2010 Sanderling View Image single bird in the evening but no sign of Broad-billed Sandpiper so it may have moved on (MB)
16th May 2010 Ring Ouzel View Image male singing near the Needle on the Quirang (KLindsley)
15th May 2010 Broad-billed Sandpiper View Image still showing well in front of Hebridean Hotel, Harrapool (MB) - for information this species has only been recorded about 30 times previously in Scotland and only once previously in the Highland area - it is well worth making the effort to see it.
14th May 2010 Broad-billed Sandpiper View Image Still showing well at Harrapool, Broadford (MB)- and beginning to attract a crowd!
14th May 2010 Brent Goose View Image still 22 on Glas Eilean, Harrapool.
14th May 2010 Common Crossbill View Image confirmed breeding Choisleadar Forest, Edinbane with recently fledged young (see Gallery) (RMcM)
14th May 2010 Mute Swan View Image single on Croe Saltings, Lochalsh (BN)
14th May 2010 House Martin View Image slow to arrive in Lochalsh - now at Shiel Bridge (BN)
13th May 2010 Broad-billed Sandpiper View Image still showing well at first light in Broadford Bay in front of Hebridean Hotel - and present all day into evening!.
13th May 2010 Brent Goose View Image still 22 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
13th May 2010 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st summer bird at Mallaig (SMacD)
12th May 2010 Whinchat View Image pair at Portnalong (JThomas)
12th May 2010 Broad-billed Sandpiper View Image this considerable rarity was found by Martin Benson with Dunlin at Harrapool (see Gallery)- hopefully it will hang about for a few people to see it.
12th May 2010 Brent Goose View Image still 22 at Harrapool (RMcM)
11th May 2010 Wheatear View Image good passage still with c12 between Broadford and Heaste including many 'Greenland' form (see Gallery) (RMcM)
11th May 2010 Brent Goose View Image 22 pale bellied at Harrapool including a colour ringed bird (see Gallery)(MB)
11th May 2010 Great Northern Diver View Image still a few stragglers passing north, mostly in full summer plumage, with two in Loch Slapin to-day (see Gallery) (RMcM)
10th May 2010 Cuckoo pair on the Ord road, Sleat, with the female showing the more unusual rufous morph plumage (RBrown)
9th May 2010 Whinchat View Image not too many reports but singing bord at Duirinish Station, and recent reports from Carr Brae and Aird, Sleat (BN, RMcM)
9th May 2010 Common Crossbill View Image possibly a family group of 5 flying north from the Allt Ruaridh plantation, Balmeanach (RMcM) also a single female Plockton (BN)
9th May 2010 Linnet pair in tetrad at Plockton, + 3 singing Blackcap, a Chiffchaff & Grasshopper Warbler (BN)
9th May 2010 Grey Wagtail View Image re the note on scarcity - usual distribution round Glendale and Lower Milovaig (AS)
9th May 2010 Chiffchaff one back singing at Lower Milovaig - also Sedge Warbler on 8th (AS)
9th May 2010 Brent Goose View Image single straggler at Harrapool (SBentall)
8th May 2010 Great Skua View Image following report of a single at Isleornsay on the 27th April there was a pair for a couple of days on Ornsay, suggesting further expansion (DR)
7th May 2010 Grey Wagtail View Image Brian Neath recorded his first of the year at Loch Achaidh na h-Inish and commented on how scarce the species seemed to be. That is also reflected on Skye with general sightings down. Stonechats also seem to be unusually scarce.
7th May 2010 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image bird drumming near Loch Cillchroisd, Strath, during tetrad visit (DR), two drumming on recent tetrad visit at Armadale policies (RMcM)& one still visiting feeders in Kyleakin (A&EH)
7th May 2010 Wheatear View Image 20+ 'greenlands' between Achnacloich and Sabhal Mor Ostaig (DR)
6th May 2010 Whimbrel View Image 12 at Loch Slapin (CWilliams)
5th May 2010 Red-legged Patridge single near Aird, Sleat - not sure whether this is a recent release or a survivor from an earlier release. (RMcM)
5th May 2010 White Wagtail View Image 5+ on the shore at Aird, Sleat (RMcM)
5th May 2010 Linnet 5 to-gether during a TTV visit at Penifler, Braes (WM)
5th May 2010 House Martin View Image 5 at Isleornsay (DR)
4th May 2010 Blackcap View Image single at Achnacloich (DR)
4th May 2010 Wood Warbler singing bird at Kilmarie, Strath (CWilliams)
3rd May 2010 Blackcap View Image 3 different singing birds in the grounds of Armadale Castle & 2 Chiffchaff (RMcM)
3rd May 2010 Twite View Image two colour ringed Twite have recently been seen at Kilbryde, Torrin (P.Johnson) and at Balmeanach, Braes (WMarshall). Both birds were ringed at Montrose Basin in Angus, the Kilbryde bird in the winter just passed, and the Balmeanach bird in the 2008/09 winter.
3rd May 2010 Redwing View Image still a few stragglers passing through with a single bird at Husabost where there were also 2 White Wagtails (AS)
3rd May 2010 Linnet 3 birds in garden at Lower Milovaig and also a singing male at Husabost (AS)
2nd May 2010 Linnet report of 4 at Lower Milovaig (AS) & an excellent count of c30 at Uig on the 1st (Brian)
2nd May 2010 Spotted Flycatcher View Image a garden bird at Carr Brae, Dornie is the earliest recorded yet. (BN)
2nd May 2010 Common Whitethroat View Image 3 singing birds in an atlas tetrad at Dubh-Aird, Plockton (BN)
2nd May 2010 Whinchat View Image two males at Harrapool (DR)
2nd May 2010 White Wagtail View Image two at Waterloo (DR)
2nd May 2010 Blackcap View Image pair found in Old Corry, Broadford (see Gallery) (MB)
1st May 2010 Redwing View Image still a pair of Redwing in the Glendale area with the male in full song (AS)
1st May 2010 Wheatear View Image Good influx with 10 at Elgol(RMcM)
1st May 2010 Whimbrel View Image 2 at Glenelg + 8 Dunlin (PJones)
1st May 2010 Great Skua View Image reports from Lochalsh are unusual with one attacking a Heron at Nostie Bay (Jane Walkden) - also a single in the sound of Raasay (WM)
1st May 2010 Common Whitethroat View Image a singing bird at Nostie, Lochalsh, is the first for the area (BN)
1st May 2010 Blackcap View Image one singing near Broadford Hospital - also Chiffchaff at nearby Corry Lodge(see Gallery) (MB)
1st May 2010 Puffin with the northerlies birds are coming close inshore with two at Earlish (NHodgetts) and 25-30 in the sound of Raasay (WM)

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