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 Oct 2010 Chiffchaff one at Portree (MB)
31st Oct 2010 Little Grebe View Image 6 at Loch Portree + 12 Bar-tailed Godwits and 45 Wigeon (MB,RMcM)
31st Oct 2010 Whooper Swan View Image two over the Obbe, Lower Breakish and two at Loch Suardal - fewer reports than normal (RDavison, MB,RMcM)
31st Oct 2010 Waxwing View Image birds seem to have moved on very quickly and only stragglers about - a few near Torrin and a single at Scullamus. (MB,RMcM) Report later in the day of 12 at Peinmore, Portree (SWatt)
31st Oct 2010 Nuthatch still visiting bird feeders at Carr Brae, Dornie (BN)
31st Oct 2010 Swallow still two stragglers at Harrapool (SB)
29th Oct 2010 Waxwing View Image 6 at Kilmarie, Strathaird and 8 at the Tourist Office in Broadford (RMcM)
29th Oct 2010 Brambling View Image a single at Portree Industrial Estate (Sam Foster)
27th Oct 2010 Waxwing View Image 20-30 at Black Park, Broadford (IOSF)
27th Oct 2010 Brambling View Image single at Uigshader + several Waxwings (JK)
26th Oct 2010 Waxwing View Image 250 at Butec, Kyle (Rick Terry per Atlas)
26th Oct 2010 Waxwing View Image Now reported from Staffin with 10(SP), 40-50 at Staffin Road, Portree (Marie)and 20-30 at Ard Dorch - also 30-40 at Arisaig, 20-25 at Mallaig and 12-15 at Morar (CFrench, SMacD)
26th Oct 2010 Nuthatch still visiting feeders at Arisaig (SMacD)
26th Oct 2010 Woodcock one at the Braes, Balmeanach is the first report of the autumn (WM)
26th Oct 2010 Swallow two late stragglers at Harrapool (SB)
25th Oct 2010 Waxwing View Image more reports with - 70+ at Kyle, 30 at Sconser Fish Farm, 20+ at Uignish and smaller numbers at Torrin and Drinan. From Martin Perry - 30 at Broadford Industrial Estate, and further afield 70 at Lochcarron and 5 at Gairloch.
25th Oct 2010 Common Crossbill View Image 3 at Broadford Industrial Estate (MP)
24th Oct 2010 Snow Bunting View Image 15 in Coire Lagan (Atlas)
24th Oct 2010 Waxwing View Image Waxwings are back!! - reports from Lower Milovaig from 0800 bulding up to 19 later (AS) - also from Kensaleyre (SClarke) where there were 30-40 - 35+ Balmeanach, Braes (WM) - 30-40 Upper Colbost (MHemming) - 30 at Ardnish (MB)- also 25 at Morar and 60+ at Arisaig (SMacD-see Gallery) -looks like it could be another good year!
24th Oct 2010 Long-eared Owl View Image rarely reported - two hunting near Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
24th Oct 2010 Grey Plover View Image still good numbers about with 12 at Ardnish (MB) - also 2 at Camusunary, Strathaird (IMacKinnon)
24th Oct 2010 Long-tailed Tit View Image good flock of c20 in Broadford (WMattinglay)
23rd Oct 2010 Whooper Swan View Image 10 over Kyleakin (A&EH)
23rd Oct 2010 Golden Eagle View Image report of 4 birds seen in Trotternish near Culnacnoc (John Murray)
23rd Oct 2010 Common Crossbill View Image reported from Raasay with 10+ birds including dependent young and displaying adults - there is a huge spruce cone crop (DCJ)
23rd Oct 2010 Song Thrush View Image a bird showing plumage characteristics of hebridensis was seen at Eyre, Raasay + 9 Long-tailed Tit (DCJ)
22nd Oct 2010 Nuthatch still ar Carr Brae, Dornie - obviously being well fed by Brian Neath
22nd Oct 2010 Goldeneye a male and female reported from the Storr lochs - first reports of the autumn (THodgetts)
21st Oct 2010 Whooper Swan View Image More on the move with further 20 over Isleornsay yesterday and 10 over Broadford to-day (RC,AH)
21st Oct 2010 Whooper Swan View Image 10 at Loch Snizort-Beag and 3 over Uigshader (AS,JK)
21st Oct 2010 Barn Owl View Image one at Lower Breakish (RD)
20th Oct 2010 Scaup 22 in Broadford Bay (MB)
20th Oct 2010 Grey Plover View Image 5 at Ashaig + 10 Golden Plover (A,EH)
20th Oct 2010 Whooper Swan View Image 4 flying south over Breakish (RDavison)
18th Oct 2010 Nuthatch still visiting the feeders at Carr Brae regularly - also several Yellowhammers (BN)
17th Oct 2010 Swallow still a straggler at Lower Milovaig where House Martin was last seen yesterday (AS)
16th Oct 2010 Slavonian Grebe 2 in Broadford Bay + a Grey Plover (SB)
16th Oct 2010 Pink-footed Goose View Image 120 flying south at Loch Greshornish (STurnbull)
15th Oct 2010 Long-tailed Duck View Image female in Narrows of Raasay (WM)- incidentally Bill Marshall has now recorded over 100 species in the Balmeanach, Braes area!!
15th Oct 2010 Golden Eagle View Image excellent weather for seeing birds with 4 over Dunvegan Head and 3 over Waterstein Head (Eddie McHugh)
15th Oct 2010 Whooper Swan View Image birds on the move with 27 over Lower Breakish and 15 over Kyleakin, moving east (A&EH)
15th Oct 2010 Barnacle Goose View Image first report of the autumn with 9 over Waterstein Head (Eddie McHugh)
15th Oct 2010 Fieldfare View Image 40 at Carbost (STurnbull)
15th Oct 2010 Little Grebe View Image 4 at Loch Harport (STurnbull)
14th Oct 2010 Brent Goose View Image 2 at Bernera Beach, Glenelg (PJones)
14th Oct 2010 House Martin View Image a very late bird at Lower Milovaig (EMcHugh)
13th Oct 2010 Whooper Swan View Image still few reports with single bird reported flying over Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
13th Oct 2010 Nuthatch two birds in the area is remarkable and Stephen MacDonald has now managed to photograph the bird at Arisaig - see image in Gallery
13th Oct 2010 Tufted Duck View Image 17 at Loch Mealt and 5 in the surf in Staffin Bay (STurnbull)
13th Oct 2010 Pink-footed Goose View Image 110 flying south at Staffin Slip (STurnbull)
12th Oct 2010 Fieldfare View Image first report with 20 at Edinbane (AS)
12th Oct 2010 Brent 5 still at Elgol Jetty - looks like a family group of two adults and three young (RMcM)(see Gallery) -also 2 at Broadford & Lusa (A&EH,MB)
12th Oct 2010 Cuckoo Very late juvenile at Kyleakin (AH)
12th Oct 2010 Redwing/Fieldfare Mixed flock of 80+ at Kyleakin (A,E.H)
12th Oct 2010 Coot View Image an irregular vagrant a single was at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (STurnbull)
11th Oct 2010 Common Rosefinch View Image juvenile seen at Trumpan, Waternish - only the 4th record for Skye (D.Brown)
11th Oct 2010 Nuthatch still coming to feed on nuts at Carr Brae - though somewhat irregular. (BN)
11th Oct 2010 Brent Goose View Image 5 at the Elgol Jetty - also a spectacular display by c100 Common Dolphins off Elgol (per Misty Isle Boat Trips)
11th Oct 2010 Spotted Redshank View Image a scarce vagrant there was a single at Ardnish (STurnbull)
10th Oct 2010 Redwing View Image numbers building up at Carr Brae, Lochalsh with 350 (BN)- seemingly scarce on Skye with only small numbers reported in the Glendale area (AS)
10th Oct 2010 Brent Goose View Image 13 on Sconser shore and a lone bird in the sea at Kilmaluag (MB,RMcM)- still 12 at Harrapool (DB)
10th Oct 2010 Great Skua View Image still a singlebird off Staffin slip (MB,RMcM)
10th Oct 2010 Pink-footed Goose View Image huge numbers passed through Skye to-day including 200 over Glendale (AS). A total of 602 birds in 15 flocks were noted flying NW/SE over Uig (Dan Brown) Some 500 were also reported over Kyleakin (A&EH)and birds were also seen at Talisker (CL). A small group of 5 Pink-feet were on the beach at Staffin Bay (MB). Birds were still moving through in early evening near Uig and also heard in darkness over Kyleakin - clearly perfect weather for migrating.
10th Oct 2010 Black-headed Gull 15 at Staffin Bay where there was also a White Wagtail (MP)
10th Oct 2010 Grey Plover View Image still 10 at Ardnish (A&EH)
9th Oct 2010 Brent Goose View Image 15-20 flying south in sound of Raasay + Puffin, Red-throated Diver and late 'Comic' Tern - all from Brigadoon - (PElford)
9th Oct 2010 Brent Goose View Image 15-20 flying south in sound of Raasay + Puffin, Red-throated Diver and late 'Comic' Tern - all from Brigadoon - (PElford)
9th Oct 2010 Brent Goose View Image two small groups of 12-15 in Broadford Bay (SMcQueen)
9th Oct 2010 Redwing View Image first reports from Lochalsh with 80 at Carr Brae (BN)
8th Oct 2010 Manx Shearwater View Image getting late but young bird grounded at Glasnakille and returned to sea (MHenderson)- also further reports from Lochalsh at Drumbuie on the 5th and also on the 9th (perBN)
8th Oct 2010 Grey Plover View Image record count of 24 at Ardnish - came over in three groups from Pabay direction (A&EH)
7th Oct 2010 Golden Plover 8 Golden Plover, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit and a single Black-throated Diver at Ardnish (EH)+ 4 Golden Plover at Harrapool (SB)
7th Oct 2010 Brent Goose View Image major movement with 150 at Broadford Bay am (SB, 17 at Ardnish later (EH), 20 at Sconser (Angela) and 60+ on shores of Loch Slapin at Torrin (M-MJohnson)
7th Oct 2010 Curlew Sandpiper View Image an adult at Harrapool is our first October record capping an exceptional year for this scarce species (MB)
7th Oct 2010 Grey Plover View Image another single at Harrapool + 130 Dunlin and 80 Ringed Plover (MB)
7th Oct 2010 Common Crossbill View Image 3+ at Morar (SMacD)
6th Oct 2010 Brent Goose View Image 8 at Glas Eilean, Harrapool + 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Knot (MB)
5th Oct 2010 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 2 at Harrapool - also a single pale bellied Brent Goose (MB)
5th Oct 2010 Long-tailed Tit View Image party of 15+ near Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (JJ)
4th Oct 2010 Pink-footed Goose View Image lone straggler at Traigh, Morar + 3 Greenshank (SMacD)
3rd Oct 2010 Sand Martin View Image still c12 at Kinloch, Dunvegan which is late (Michael Cullen)
3rd Oct 2010 Twite View Image biggest flocks in the Glendale area are only around 50 when they are normally up at 250+ (AS) - similarly no large flocks have been recorded in the Roag area (RMcM)
3rd Oct 2010 Barn Owl View Image One at Borve (Sam Foster)
1st Oct 2010 Nuthatch bird still using feeders at Carr brae, Dornie (BN)
1st Oct 2010 Barn Owl View Image hunting bird by roadside near Kilmarie, Strathaird (RMcM)
1st Oct 2010 Grey Plover View Image single at Harrapool + 4 Greenshank, 70 Ringed Plover and 95 Dunlin (MB, MP)

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