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 Jul 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 6 at Camus a Mhor, Braes - an excellent record from this area (WM)
29th Jul 2010 Oystercatcher numbers building up with 200 in Broadford Bay + 70 Dunlin and 3 Sanderling (MB)
28th Jul 2010 Knot in early afternoon, 13 at Harrapool + 6 Sanderling & a 100+ Dunlin (MB)
26th Jul 2010 Sanderling View Image 3 at Harrapool + 25 Dunlin and a Greenshank (SB)
25th Jul 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 11 briefly at Broadford Bay before continuing south - + 30 Dunlin & 16 Redshank (MB)
24th Jul 2010 Barn Owl View Image two young successfully fledged at a natural rock site at Mallaig (per SMacD) - provisional Atlas figures suggest there is as yet not confirmed breeding reported for either Skye or Lochalsh.
23rd Jul 2010 Common Crossbill View Image flock of 15-20 in Dunvegan Castle woodlands - also nearby fledged Cuckoo being fed by Meadow Pipits (Colin Alston)
21st Jul 2010 Corncrake View Image though still to be finally verified, it appears there have been 25 singing males, mainly in the Trotternish area. (Shelagh Parlane, RSPB)
19th Jul 2010 Knot 2 at Harrapool, Broadford (am)(SB)then 4 later and 12 Sanderling (MB)
17th Jul 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 35+ circling over Harrapool early evening (MB)
15th Jul 2010 Sanderling View Image 5 at Ashaig, Broadford, in summer plumage (A&EH)
12th Jul 2010 Manx Shearwater View Image 1000+ in Loch Bracadale, + c3000 Auks, and single Great Skua and Black-throated Diver (A&AS)
12th Jul 2010 Short-eared Owl View Image report from the Kilt Rock area (AHooper)
11th Jul 2010 Whimbrel View Image 5 with 46 Curlew at Harrapool (MB)
10th Jul 2010 Ring Ouzel View Image agitated female in Choire a Chaise, Blabheinn (RMcM)
8th Jul 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 40 at Harrapool in the afternoon, increasing to 90+ by early evening + 65 Dunlin (MB)
7th Jul 2010 Arctic Skua View Image 3 moving south at Neist Point in high winds + 4 Great Skua (RMcM) - see Gallery
7th Jul 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 28 at Harrapool in early evening (RMcM)
7th Jul 2010 Whimbrel View Image early return passage with 2 at Broadford Bay (MB)
6th Jul 2010 Sandwich Tern View Image single at Bernera Bay, Glenelg (PJones)
6th Jul 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image another huge flock of godwits at Harrapool with 165 (SBentall) - another example of wild weather bringing in the birds!
5th Jul 2010 Swift still a few reports with a single over Uig (SDuffield)
4th Jul 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image huge flock of 150+ at Harrapool (SB,MB) + most appeared to be adults, a number colour ringed, and obviously grounded by the bad weather (see Gallery) - also 20+ Redshank.
4th Jul 2010 Great Skua View Image report of up to two birds during stormy weather at Isleornsay. One mounted an aerial attack on a Heron which it forced into the sea and eventually killed (Sarah MacLennan)
4th Jul 2010 House Sparrow View Image pure albino juvenile Sparrow at Portree (marie)- see Gallery.
4th Jul 2010 Turnstone waders also on the move at Traigh, Morar with 2 summer plumage Turnstone, 2 Dunlin and a few Redshank (SMacD)
4th Jul 2010 House Martin View Image 2 at Sconser - also on 30/6 (angela)
3rd Jul 2010 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image waders already on the move with two at Harrapool + several Dunlin, juveniles amongst them (MB)
3rd Jul 2010 Cetaceans following the recent report of a 1000+ mega-pod of Common Dolphins east of Staffin Island from the Hebridean Whale Cruises out of Gairloch, Steve Duffield of Western Isles Wildlife spotted 3 Killer Whales from the afternoon ferry to Uig, just off Waternish Point. Several boat operators in Skye will take yout to see cetaceans, but Neist Point, Waternish Point and Rubha Hunish are excellent for land-based sightings.
2nd Jul 2010 Swift single over Mallaig which came from Armadale direction (SMacD)
1st Jul 2010 Whooper Swan View Image summering bird on Loch na Sguabaidh, nr Loch Slapin (RMcM)
1st Jul 2010 Swift single at Glasphein, Staffin (MPerry)

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