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 Sep 2010 Nuthatch by an amazing coincidence there is also a report of a Nuthatch from Arisaig - one has been using garden feeders on a regular basis since the end of August - id confirmed from photograph by Stephen MacDonald.
29th Sep 2010 Nuthatch super record from Brian Neath with a bird at his feeders on Carr Brae, Lochalsh. Brian has received unconfirmed records of this species in the past. The only other record from Skye and Lochalsh was two birds at Waternish in 1885 and there has always been some doubt about this record. Nuthatch has been increasing its range into Scotland but is largely confined to the south of Scotland.
29th Sep 2010 Whooper Swan View Image single summering bird still near the head of Loch Slapin (CMcM)
27th Sep 2010 Grey Plover View Image two on Ardnish, Broadford (E.Horner)
24th Sep 2010 Manx Shearwater View Image numbers starting to decline - c200 in 4 hour seawatch at Rubha na h-Aiseag, Kilmaluag to-day - also 3 great Skua, a Great Northern Diver and a Purple Sandpiper (RMcM)
24th Sep 2010 Tufted Duck View Image 20 on Loch Mealt (RMcM)
24th Sep 2010 Scaup 3 in Broadford Bay (MB)
23rd Sep 2010 Brent Goose View Image 7 pale bellied at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
21st Sep 2010 Wheatear View Image single leucorhoa at Ashaig (RMcM)
21st Sep 2010 Pink-footed Goose View Image skeins moving through over Strathaird and Sleat (RC,RMcM)
20th Sep 2010 Grey Geese skeins moving south over the last couple of days - mainly Greylag but also some Pinkfeet - skeins totalling 700 observed over Broadford/Kyleakin(SB, A&EH)
20th Sep 2010 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image count of 26 at Harrapool + 2 Purple Sandpiper (A&EH)
20th Sep 2010 Barn Owl View Image one near Kilt Rock, Trotternish (MPerry)
19th Sep 2010 Ruff juvenile in Broadford Bay showing in front of 'Heb Hotel (SB)+ 7 Snipe and 2 Knot.
19th Sep 2010 Black-throated Diver View Image 8 in Loch Slapin at Kilmarie (RMcM)
19th Sep 2010 Yellowhammer male in garden at Kyleakin (H&MScott)- though birds breed in nearby Lochalsh and also on Morar, records for Skye are very scarce.
19th Sep 2010 Grey Phalarope View Image report of a single bird in Loch Sligachan - seen from kayak by M&H West.
18th Sep 2010 Mistle Thrush View Image 20+ on berries at Dunvegan (CAlston)
18th Sep 2010 Sandwich Tern View Image 5 in Broadford Bay (MB)
17th Sep 2010 Balearic Shearwater two reported east of Staffin Bay + a Sooty Shearwater, 4000 Manx Shearwater, 5 Great Skua and an Arctic Skua (Dan Brown)
17th Sep 2010 Whooper Swan View Image 3 over Loch Portree (Dan Brown)
16th Sep 2010 Arctic Skua View Image At least 3 in Broadford Bay (SB)
16th Sep 2010 Scaup 1 in Broadford Bay (SB)
16th Sep 2010 Leach's Storm Petrel Another single in Broadford Bay (SB)
16th Sep 2010 Storm Petrel Singles in Broadford Bay in afternoon and early evening + single Arctic Skua and Common Scoter (MB,SB)
16th Sep 2010 Whooper Swan View Image 10 flying south near Struan (G.Pollinger)
16th Sep 2010 Hen Harrier View Image birds on the move with a ringtail at Elgol (DWright) and a male at Uigshader (JK)
16th Sep 2010 Long-tailed Skua juvenile at Neist Point + 2 Leach's Petrels, a Storm Petrel, 36 Great Skua and 7 Lapland Bunting (per www.birdguides)
15th Sep 2010 Storm Petrel 5 brought into Broadford Bay by strong westerlies, + 2 Arctic Skua & 300+ Manx Shearwater (MB)
15th Sep 2010 Leach's Storm Petrel one grounded at Mallaig in the overnight storm (see Gallery) - also c40 young Manx Shearwaters which were ringed and released (SMacDonald)
15th Sep 2010 Leach's Storm Petrel single in Broadford Bay in late morning (MB)
15th Sep 2010 Brent Goose View Image flock of 38 resting in the sea in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
14th Sep 2010 Wheatear View Image single leucorhoa at Nest Pont and Roag (RMcM)
14th Sep 2010 Manx Shearwater View Image 1000+ heading north at Neist Point + 4 Great Skua (RMcM)
14th Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image still 4 at Harrapool showing well from 'Heb Car Park - these are stunning birds and well worth the effort for locals to see what is a pretty scarce vagrant for Skye.
14th Sep 2010 Brent Goose View Image 18 pale bellied heading south-west through Broadford Bay mid afternoon(RMcM), and 22 arrived as a group early evening (MB)
14th Sep 2010 Scaup group of 14 arrived with the north-westerly in early evening + 4 Tufted Duck and a Common Scoter (MB)
14th Sep 2010 Knot flock of 50 arrived during the day at Harrapool (SB)
14th Sep 2010 Great Skua View Image in late afternoon 4 in Broadford Bay + 2 Arctic Skua (MB,SB)
13th Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image at morning high tide still 4 at Harrapool (MB, RMcM)
13th Sep 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 5 at Harrapool/Waterloo + 22 Knot, 18 Teal, 70+ Redshank, & single Whimbrel & Sanderling (MB,RMcM)
13th Sep 2010 Great Northern Diver View Image single off Toravaig, Sleat (AKingham)
13th Sep 2010 Pintail 4 in eclipse Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Sep 2010 Knot 8+ at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
12th Sep 2010 Great Northern Diver View Image 3 in Broadford Bay (SB)
12th Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image still at least 2 + 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a single Whimbrel (SB)
12th Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image still 4 at Harrapool in afternoon but no sign of Little Stint (MB)
12th Sep 2010 Brent Goose View Image first arrival of pale bellied with 12 at Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Sep 2010 Turtle Dove one feeding in a garden at Uig struck a window but recovered and seemed none the worse for its experience (Brian Drummond)
12th Sep 2010 Little Auk report of a single near Port an eorna, Plockton - close to shore (per Hugh Insley)
11th Sep 2010 Little Stint View Image still showing well at Harrapool in front of the 'Heb car park - see Gallery for a super shot by MB. Also at least 4 Curlew Sandpipers
10th Sep 2010 Black Stork ? I received a report yesterday via George Lovejones of a possible Black Stork seen by several schoolchildren and staff on the playing fields at Kyle. This would be at about 1030 in the morning. There has now been a sighting of a juvenile Black Stork later that day at Grantown on Spey - given that this is the only current report of any Black Stork in the UK it looks very much like the same bird (Bob)- a real rarity.
10th Sep 2010 Little Stint View Image still a single at Harrapool and at least one Curlew Sandpiper (MB,RMcM)
10th Sep 2010 Manx Shearwater View Image 60 in the Narrows of Raasay and c40 Kittiwakes (WM)
10th Sep 2010 Sandwich Tern View Image single at Camus a Mhor, Braes + 2 Arctic Tern (WM)
10th Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image still 4 at Harrapool in early evening + Little Stint, 16 Knot and 7 Bar-tailed Godwits (MB)
9th Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image now 4 in the Waterloo/Harrapool area - a record count of this scarce wader on Skye (MB)
9th Sep 2010 Slavonian Grebe first report of the autumn with a single in Kyleakin Harbour (A&EH)
9th Sep 2010 Little Stint View Image single at Harrapool late afternoon + 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Golden Plover and 10 Wigeon (MB)
9th Sep 2010 Stork species? report of a possible stork species on the playing fields beside the Kyle swimming baths - would be pleased to hear from anyone with knowledge of this?
9th Sep 2010 Blackcap View Image female at the pier at Portree (CAlston)
9th Sep 2010 House Sparrow - albino a bird coming to feed at the bird table at Drynoch Lodge has been identified as an albino House Sparrow (Bill Peppe)
8th Sep 2010 Corncrake View Image very late, but report of calling bird at Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir - from 10 year old Thomas Day.
7th Sep 2010 Black-throated Diver View Image 5 in Loch Slapin at Kilmarie (RMcM)
6th Sep 2010 Manx Shearwater View Image seawatch at Neist Point brought 4-500 heading north in first hour (RMcM)
6th Sep 2010 Great Skua View Image max of 16, mainly moving south in 3 hours at Neist Point (RMcM)
6th Sep 2010 Knot 3 at Neist Point + c25 Rock Pipit, 5 White Wagtail and a Wheatear (RMcM)
6th Sep 2010 Kestrel a recent report of two Kestrels at Scorrybreac from George McLean + sightings of three birds to-day between Waterstein and Roag suggests that migrant birds are moving through the area. Kestrel numbers are in decline and there have been very few breeding reports in recent years. (RMcM)
5th Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image still two at Harrapool (SB)
4th Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image now two, possibly new birds at Harrapool/Waterloo - see Gallery for another superb image from Martin Benson.
4th Sep 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Harrapool (MB)
2nd Sep 2010 Buzzard wonderful weather for raptors with 13 Buzzards thermaling over Staffin Bay (MPerry)
2nd Sep 2010 Whinchat View Image late juvenile at Carr Brae (BN)
2nd Sep 2010 Purple Sandpiper View Image 3 on An Dubh Scair (C.Ellis)
2nd Sep 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image single on Wiay with Ringed Plover (C.Ellis)
1st Sep 2010 Great Northern Diver View Image single in Loch Slapin - perhaps an early arrival (RMcM)

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