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 Jan 2011 Nuthatch although the bird at Carr Brae was last seen coming to feeders on 31 December, the Arisaig bird is turning up to feeders daily (SMacD)
30th Jan 2011 Hen Harrier View Image male near Borve (G.Ferguson)
30th Jan 2011 Brambling View Image two in Broadford Hotel garden (MB)
30th Jan 2011 Redwing View Image c25 in Broadford is the first report for some time (MB)
30th Jan 2011 Glaucous Gull View Image a 2nd winter bird at Mallaig is our first report for this species this winter (SMacD)
29th Jan 2011 Goosander View Image two at Loch Snizort Beag + a drake Shelduck (GF)
29th Jan 2011 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image single in Harrapool (MB)
29th Jan 2011 BTO Atlas Final Winter this is the final winter of the 4 year Atlas Project - most tetrads have now been completed but there is still an opportunity to submit roving records. On Skye we have a few areas where 'species richness' is poor. These include NG46 around Staffin and NG23 at Idrigill Point - see http://blx1.bto.org/atlas-results/rich_gaps_map.html. All roving records are welcome either direct to the Bird Atlas site or through myself.
29th Jan 2011 Ptarmigan View Image single male on Ben Aslak (DCJ)
29th Jan 2011 Carrion Crow View Image single with 40 Rooks at Eilean Iarmain (DCJ)
29th Jan 2011 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image immature at Kyleakin (DCJ)
29th Jan 2011 Purple Sandpiper View Image excellent count of 19 at Ashaig (DCJ)
29th Jan 2011 Slavonian Greebe 8 off Ashaig + 17 Great Northern Diver (DCJ)
29th Jan 2011 Barn Owl View Image single bird at Kilmarie - another bird was found dead here recently. (KMacKenzie)
28th Jan 2011 Chaffinch View Image reports of birds dying and in poor condition at bird feeders at Lower Milovaig (AS) - anyone else experiencing problems?
28th Jan 2011 Goldfinch 22 coming to feeders at Morar + 12 Siskins (SMacD)
27th Jan 2011 Short-eared Owl View Image at least 7, possibly more at dusk near Morvich, Lochalsh - counts of this nature are extremely unusual and not clear whether it is for roosting or food availability - lots of voles about. (RA, RMcM)
27th Jan 2011 Great Northern Diver View Image count between Ashaig and Skye Bridge found 29, also 4 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red Throated Diver, and 9 Slavonian Grebes (RMcM)
27th Jan 2011 Black-headed Gulls flock of c150 off Badicaul, are probably the same birds reported from Kyleakin - clearly feeding on fish fry (RMcM)
27th Jan 2011 Barn Owl View Image single at Drynoch (CAlston)
27th Jan 2011 Pink-footed Goose View Image two at Loch nan Dubriachan, Sleat with Greylags - these are thought to be feral birds. (MP)
26th Jan 2011 Short-eared Owl View Image up to 8 Short-eared Owls seen in a plantation near Morvich, Lochalsh - an extraordinary count of 15 had recently been reported (Rule Anderson)
25th Jan 2011 Greenland White-fronted Goose probable sighting of 18 at Breakish to-day (EH) - these birds have been very elusive this winter so all sightings are welcome.
23rd Jan 2011 Mistle Thrush View Image according to BN birds seem to disappear in winter so 7 at Dornie Castle and a single at Carr Brae are the first to return.
23rd Jan 2011 Turnstone good count of 31 at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)and 36 at Ardnish (A&EH)
23rd Jan 2011 Great Northern Diver View Image 22 in Loch Slapin + 6 Black-throated Diver (RMcM)
23rd Jan 2011 Common Crossbill View Image 7 in Glenbrittle Forest (JThomas)
23rd Jan 2011 Knot another report with 5 at Ardnish, + 6 Lapwing and 16 Bar-tailed Godwit (A&EH)
23rd Jan 2011 Barn Owl View Image single for the last two nights near the Ord road end on Sleat (SDawber)
22nd Jan 2011 Knot solitary bird on Bracadale Point (PE)
21st Jan 2011 Water Rail single briefly visited a garden in Harrapool (R.Charlesworth)
20th Jan 2011 Grey Plover View Image 5 at Ardnish + 6 Lapwing & 34 Turnstone (A&EH)
19th Jan 2011 Whooper Swan View Image birds have returned since the thaw with two on Loch Cuithir (JMacLennan), two at Chaluim Chille and two at Loch Cillchroisd (RMcM)
18th Jan 2011 Barnacle Goose View Image c150 on fields at Kilmaluag (RMcM) - there are normally two flocks on Trotternish' one at Staffin and another at Trodday/Kilmaluag - looks like the two sometimes get to-gether.
18th Jan 2011 Greenland White-fronted Goose c26 at Kilmuir on Chaluim Chille - also c85 Greylags and 25 Lapwing (RMcM)
17th Jan 2011 Buzzard food is hard to get for many species and a report of a Buzzard taking a Blackbird in flight is unusual (S.Hodgettes)- equally was the report from a neighbour of an Otter trying to catch rabbits.
16th Jan 2011 Waxwing View Image still stragglers about with 3 in a garden in Badicaul, Lochalsh (perBN)
15th Jan 2011 Crested Tit View Image our long-staying crestie is still with us at Fasach, Glendale, favouring fat balls during the cold weather (MFawkes)
15th Jan 2011 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 16 at Loch Portree (DCJ)
15th Jan 2011 Collared Dove an exceptional count of 33 in Broadford (DCJ)
15th Jan 2011 Coot View Image solitary bird still at Loch Suardal (DCJ)
15th Jan 2011 Barn Owl View Image single at the Fairy Bridge, Waternish (CAlston)
13th Jan 2011 Goldfinch lots on feeders at the moment with 8 at Lonemore, Dunvegan
13th Jan 2011 Coot View Image single still at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (PE)
11th Jan 2011 Barn Owl View Image one found dead at Kilmarie, Loch Slapin (KMacKenzie)
11th Jan 2011 Common Crossbill View Image 11 at Kinloch Forest, Sleat (RMcM)
11th Jan 2011 Greenshank singles at Ashaig (A&EH) and at Camas na Sgianadin on the 9th(RMcM)
9th Jan 2011 Waxwing View Image 6 this morning in Harrapool near Blythswood charity shop (MB)
9th Jan 2011 Redwing View Image 50+ at Kyleakin Obbe (HScott)
9th Jan 2011 Common Crossbill View Image c8 at Irishman's Point, Broadford included young birds being fed by adults(RMcM)- when there is a good cone crop Crossbills will breed at any time in the winter.
9th Jan 2011 Barn Owl View Image single at Ellishadder (JMacLennan)
8th Jan 2011 Waxwing View Image still about with a single at Conchra, Lochalsh (BN)
6th Jan 2011 Twite View Image wintering flock of c10 at Tarskavaig, Sleat (RMcM)
6th Jan 2011 Skylark View Image flock of 9 at Tarskavaig, Sleat (RMcM)
6th Jan 2011 Red Kite View Image wandering bird at Edinbane (MB)
5th Jan 2011 Long-eared Owl View Image single killed by a car in Glen Connon, Uig (per S.Hodgetts)
5th Jan 2011 Long-eared Owl View Image single injured by a car in Glen Connon, Uig (per S.Hodgetts)
4th Jan 2011 Barn Owl View Image one seen at 5.0 pm to-day at Aird (KMacAskill)
2nd Jan 2011 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image one in Harrapool (MB)
2nd Jan 2011 Brambling View Image a single with Chaffinches visiting bird feeders at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
2nd Jan 2011 Waxwing View Image single bird at Carn-Gorm, Morvich, Lochalsh (BN)
1st Jan 2011 Brambling View Image 4 in Broadford Hospital grounds (MB)
1st Jan 2011 Goldeneye 7 at Ashaig + 30 Wigeon (A&EH)
1st Jan 2011 Coot View Image single still at Loch Suardal (RMcM)
1st Jan 2011 Short-eared Owl View Image one on the moor at Glasnakille (JMacKinnon)
1st Jan 2011 Pink-footed Goose View Image feral bird possibly with Greylags at Ardelve (BN)

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