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 Dec 2010 Goosander View Image 4 in the River Snizort at Skeabost (GFerguson)
31st Dec 2010 Nuthatch still visiting feeders at Carr Brae, Dornie (BN)
30th Dec 2010 Purple Sandpiper View Image 15+ near Geur Rubha, Point of Sleat, and 20+ Turnstone (RMcM)
30th Dec 2010 Coot View Image always a rare bird on Skye there is a single on Loch Suardal (MP)
30th Dec 2010 Woodcock 3 on the roadside verge at Rigg, Staffin(MP) and 2 in a remote stone sheep fank near Point of Sleat (RMcM)
30th Dec 2010 Red-throated Diver View Image 10 in sea off Tote (CHawley)
30th Dec 2010 Iceland Gull View Image single at Broadford (DCJ)
30th Dec 2010 Barn Owl View Image single at Ashaig (DCJ) and single near Torrin on 29th (D.Monks)
29th Dec 2010 Starling flock of 200 at Peiness (JK)
29th Dec 2010 Tawny Owls birds are very vocal at the moment with reports from Dunvegan Woods (DB), Earlish (N.Hodgetts), and from Lephin, Glendale (AS) - good to get all these records into the winter Atlas so let me know if you have them calling near you! (Bob)
28th Dec 2010 Black-throated Diver View Image 10 on Loch Slapin at Glasnakille (RMcM)
27th Dec 2010 Turnstone 36 on Ardnish + a single Knot (A&EH)
27th Dec 2010 Barn Owl View Image remains found at Staffin slip - (MP) - linking this to the bird seen in poor condition at Lower Breakish suggests that this species has struggled to cope with the bad weather.
27th Dec 2010 Waxwing View Image still 7 at Dunvegan visiting garden (D.Brown)
26th Dec 2010 Waxwing View Image first report for some time with 6 birds at Dunvegan feeding on berberis and apples (Donald Brown)
26th Dec 2010 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image visiting feeders at Kyleakin (H&M Scott)
26th Dec 2010 Yellowhammer up to 4 visiting garden feeders at Plockton (ATownend)
25th Dec 2010 Merry Christmas wishing all our site visitors and contributors a very happy christmas and a great new year. Though 2010 is not yet over its been a great year for new birds to the area with Broad-billed Sandpiper, Black Kite and Black Stork. Though these have yet to be accepted by respective rarities committees we have also had a Crested Tit at Glendale and a Nuthatch at Dornie, and images of both in the Gallery. Thanks to all for supporting the site.
25th Dec 2010 Teal View Image with a thaw on Kyleakin Obbe, 15 Teal returned + 16 Greylag Geese (A&EH)
25th Dec 2010 Woodcock apparently 152 shot on Raasay by some French hunters just before the cold weather ban came in (per DCJ)
24th Dec 2010 Barn Owl View Image a bird roosting openly on a hedge in Lower Breakish may well be suffering as a result of the bad weather.(see Gallery) (EP)
24th Dec 2010 Common Crossbill View Image party of 7-8 in plantation at the Storr (N.Hodgetts)
23rd Dec 2010 Woodcock still a few about with reports from Uig (B.Drummond) and from garden in Kyleakin (H.Scott)
23rd Dec 2010 Brambling View Image up to 4 visiting garden in Lower Breakish + 3 Skylarks (JP)
20th Dec 2010 Nuthatch still visiting feeders at Dornie (BN)
19th Dec 2010 Jack Snipe View Image single at Kilvaxter (RMcM)
19th Dec 2010 Lapwing 18 at Camas Mor, Bornesketaig, 4 at Staffin Slip (RMcM) and a single at Lower Milovaig (AS)
19th Dec 2010 Purple Sandpiper View Image 2 at Camas Mor, Bornesketaig & 6 at Duntulm (see Gallery)(RMcM)
19th Dec 2010 Snipe c10 on the sea shore near Duntulm - clearly weather related (RMcM)
19th Dec 2010 Golden Plover 3 at Camas Mor,Bornesketaig & c20 on the shore near Duntulm
19th Dec 2010 Skylark View Image c10 at sheep feeders near Kilmaluag (see Gallery)(RMcM)
19th Dec 2010 Gadwall View Image two drakes at Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
19th Dec 2010 Brambling View Image 18-20 in Hospital Grounds, Broadford + several near Broadford Hotel (MB)
18th Dec 2010 Brambling View Image female with Chaffinches - on nuts at Uigshader (JK)and another at Isleornsay (RC). It is worth noting that when Brambling are with Chaffinches there is every chance that they will also be of scandinavian origin.
18th Dec 2010 Skylark View Image single bird at Lower Milovaig (AS)
18th Dec 2010 Blackcap View Image male at feeders at Glendale (Brigitte) - incidentally Crested Tit still visiting feeders at Fasach.
17th Dec 2010 Hen Harrier View Image ringtails recorded at Kilmaluag (MP) and Isleornsay (RC)
17th Dec 2010 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Kilmaluag (MP)
17th Dec 2010 Purple Sandpiper View Image single with 8 Turnstone at Tulm Bay, Duntulm (MP)
17th Dec 2010 Long-tailed Tit View Image up to 8 visiting garden feeders at Portnalong (JThomas)
16th Dec 2010 Pied Wagtail View Image single adult male at Balmeanach, Braes - reports of wintering Pied Wagtails away from Portree, Broadford and Kyle are unusual.
16th Dec 2010 Barn Owl View Image single seen at Ellishader both am and pm (MP)
14th Dec 2010 Whooper Swan View Image 3 over Pabay (A&EH)
14th Dec 2010 Lapwing unusual winter sightings with 3 over Ben Sca and c15 at Feorlig (KC)
13th Dec 2010 Slavonian Grebe 14 between Camas na Sgianadin and Lusa (RMcM)
13th Dec 2010 Purple Sandpiper View Image 12+ on Ardnish, Broadford + 5 Grey Plover (RMcM)
13th Dec 2010 Common Scoter 4 in Balmeanach Bay, Braes (WM)
12th Dec 2010 Black-throated Diver View Image 14 in Loch Slapin at Glasnakille (RMcM)
12th Dec 2010 Great Northern Diver View Image count of 13 in Loch Slapin between Kilmarie and Glasnakille (RMcM)
12th Dec 2010 Dipper 2 at Struan Causeway and singles at Kilmarie and Elgol (MHerbert, RMcM)
12th Dec 2010 Greenshank single at Struan (MHerbert)
12th Dec 2010 Whooper Swan View Image 9 at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
12th Dec 2010 Shelduck 3 back in Broadford Bat area (A&EH,RMcM)
11th Dec 2010 Highland Bird Report 2008 The 2008 report has just been published and contains many records which have been contributed to this website, as well as a short paper on the Grey Phalarope influx to Skye. I hold a number of copies which are available at 8 + postage (Bob)
11th Dec 2010 Snow Bunting View Image still 2 at Traigh (SMacDonald)
9th Dec 2010 Common Crossbill View Image at least 16+ in forest near Kinloch Farm (RMcM)
9th Dec 2010 Skylark View Image still a single bird at Elgol and also two at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
9th Dec 2010 Brambling View Image two in garden at Mallaig (per SMacD)and up to three visiting garden at Carbostmore (DHammond)
9th Dec 2010 Snow Bunting View Image two at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
9th Dec 2010 Little Auk two seen at sea, one mile south of Point of Sleat (Ronnie Dyer)
8th Dec 2010 South West Ross Field Club there is a talk in Kirkton Hall, Lochalsh at 7.30 pm on Friday 10th on some birding trips to USA, Canada and Guatamala (Bob) - all welcome and the roads should be ok.
8th Dec 2010 Reed Bunting View Image up to 6, 4 males + 2 females feeding on seed in Portree garden (TBowditch)
8th Dec 2010 Long-tailed Duck View Image single in Morar estuary (SMacD)
7th Dec 2010 Little Grebe View Image recent reports from Portree Harbour include 3 to-day (T.Bowditch)
6th Dec 2010 Whooper Swan View Image 7 flying south at The Obbe, Kyleakin (AH)
5th Dec 2010 Great Crested Grebe View Image report of a single at The Obbe, Kyleakin - this is an extremely unusual record for this area (HS) - and one was spotted at Lochcarron on the same day (Josephine Dean) - perhaps the same bird?
5th Dec 2010 Woodlark amongst a number of weather related visitors on Eigg at the moment is a Woodlark (John Chester per DCJ)
5th Dec 2010 Woodlark amongst a number of weather related visitors on Eigg at the moment is a Woodlark (John Chester per DCJ)
5th Dec 2010 Waxwing View Image two feeding on apples in garden at Mallaig (per SMacD)
5th Dec 2010 Jay single around for a couple of days at Scottas, Knoydart (per SMacD) - it is just a matter of time before this species reaches Skye and Lochalsh.
4th Dec 2010 Snow Bunting View Image single south over Elgol (RMcM)
4th Dec 2010 Redwing/Fieldfare still small numbers about with reports from Erbusaig, Kyleakin and Torrin.
4th Dec 2010 Teal View Image 15 at Kyleakin Obbe, 8 at Ardnish and small numbers reported elsewhere (A&EH et al)
3rd Dec 2010 Red Kite View Image another excellent sighting above Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Sleat (G.Ferguson)
3rd Dec 2010 Long-tailed Duck View Image male flying over Camus a Mhor, Braes (WM)
3rd Dec 2010 Skylark View Image two at Kyleakin (LCard)
3rd Dec 2010 Turnstone 3 at The Aird, Gedintailor + a Purple Sandpiper (WM, P.Dark)
3rd Dec 2010 White-tailed Eagle View Image single over Dornie (LC) and 3 over Kilmarie, Strath where 4 had been seen last week feeding on grallochs (RMcM, L.Standen)
3rd Dec 2010 Jack Snipe View Image still a single at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (see Gallery) (RMcM)
2nd Dec 2010 Red Kite View Image single bird moving north over Ullinish (G.Leatherbarrow) - we had similar records during last year's bad weather and it is suspected this is a bird which may have moved from the Black Isle to escape the weather.
2nd Dec 2010 Wren birds still roosting in the House Martin's nest at Ellishadder - 10 counted again to-night (Joan MacLennan)
2nd Dec 2010 Woodcock single bird sitting on a frozen Loch Cillchroisd(RMcM)
2nd Dec 2010 Jack Snipe View Image at least 3 birds feeding on fresh water stream inlets at edge of Loch Cillchroisd, Strathaird (see Gallery) (RMcM)
2nd Dec 2010 Bad Weather Following the prolonged icy blast bringing Arctic weather to this country, RSPB Scotland is calling on birdwatchers, walkers, anglers and water sports enthusiasts across the UK to minimise disturbance to groups of ducks, geese, swans and wading birds until conditions improve. On lakes, rivers, wetlands and coastal areas the birds will be struggling to survive after enduring several consecutive days of sub zero temperatures. Additional feeding of garden birds can also be a great help.
2nd Dec 2010 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image two visiting Brian Neath's Carr Brae garden + 2 Woodcock, Goldfinch etc and of course a Nuthatch.
1st Dec 2010 Skylark View Image usually absent in winter, two at Elgol are probably as a result of bad weather (RMcM)
1st Dec 2010 Woodcock two in garden at Carr Brae (BN) and a single at Struan (M.Herbert) - also recent reports from Bernisdale and Kensaleyre (RWright, HWest)
1st Dec 2010 Short-eared Owl View Image a single reported from the Causeway at Struan (M.Herbert)
1st Dec 2010 Red Kite View Image report of a bird at Glen Brittle (per KC)

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