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
29th Mar 2011 Brambling View Image Male singing at Broadford Industrial Estate (MB)
29th Mar 2011 Wheatear View Image 6 at Struan Causeway + a Peregrine (M.)
29th Mar 2011 Red Kite View Image single bird showing blue tags above the Totaig Broch, Lochalsh (opposite Eilean Donan) - (Ross MacMillan) - this bird fledged last year from the Black Isle/Easter Ross area.
29th Mar 2011 Slavonian Grebe two at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig - rarely reported in this area (SMacD)
29th Mar 2011 Ring Ouzel View Image report of a calling bird near Portree (TBowditch)
29th Mar 2011 Chiffchaff singing bird at Skeabost - first report of the year. (GFerguson)
28th Mar 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 20 at Loch Caroy + 2 Canada Geese (MSellors)
28th Mar 2011 Wheatear View Image report of a single at Tortarder (PE)
28th Mar 2011 Lapland Bunting single on the shore at Kirkton Bay was probably a female - possibly a first record for Lochalsh (BN) + 2 White Wagtails
28th Mar 2011 Red- throated Diver View Image pairs back on breeding lochs at Trotternish (SD,MP)
28th Mar 2011 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming birds reported from Kyleakin, Ardvarsar (MP) and Strathaird (DL-J)
27th Mar 2011 Canada Goose View Image two at Loch Caroy (MB, RMcM)
27th Mar 2011 Wheatear View Image at least 10 at Neist Point, predominantly males a number of which were in territorial display (MB, RMcM)- also two at nearby Lephin, Glendale (AS)
27th Mar 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 18 at the west end of Loch Cluanie (BN)
27th Mar 2011 Black Grouse View Image single near Cluanie within the Lochalsh boundary (BN)
27th Mar 2011 Great Skua View Image single at Staffin Slip - first of the year(Simon Dix)
27th Mar 2011 Red-throated Diver View Image 5 north at Neist Point (MB,RMcM)
26th Mar 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 36 at Ardmore Bay, Waternish (Linda Orr), 12+ off Pabay (A&EH) and two separate groups of 39 and 50 heading north at Dunvegan (C.Alston)
26th Mar 2011 Linnet 1st report of the spring at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
26th Mar 2011 Wheatear View Image another 3 on Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
26th Mar 2011 Brambling View Image single reported from Fasach, Glendale (MFawkes)
26th Mar 2011 Cetaceans recent reports from the Mallaig area include 4 Orca on the 16th and several Bottle-nose Dolphin on the 22nd (SMacD, also report of 2 Basking Sharks at Dunvegan Head (PE).
25th Mar 2011 Whooper Swan View Image big numbers still on the move with 16 north over Lusa (PDavidson), and terrific herds of c80 at Treaslane in the morning (MBrown)and a similar number at Portree early afternoon (PE) + 60 on Loch Mealt (JMacLennan)
25th Mar 2011 Wheatear View Image trickling through with a female at Camas Malag, Torrin (RMcM)and a single at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
25th Mar 2011 Sand Martin View Image first report with two at Rhubana, Loch Morar (SMacD)
25th Mar 2011 Eider mixed flock of 80 in Loch Portree (PE)
24th Mar 2011 Whooper Swan View Image Good movement north with c50 Loch Dunvegan, 12 on Loch Meodal, Sleat, 12 on Loch Mealt, Staffin and 16 late in the day at Broadford Bay. (MCullen,JMacL, MB et al)
24th Mar 2011 Barnacle Goose View Image 30+ on Eilean Beag off Lyndale (RMcM)
24th Mar 2011 Greenland White-fronted Goose 26 at Kilmuir (RMcM)
23rd Mar 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 5 in Kilmarie Bay, Loch Slapin (K.MacKenzie)
23rd Mar 2011 Wheatear View Image two at Balmeanach, Braes (WM) and a very tired looking male at Lower Milovaig (AS)
22nd Mar 2011 Oystercatcher c80 at the head of Loch Slapin which are probably birds on passage north (RMcM)
22nd Mar 2011 Kittiwake c100 in Balmeanach Bay (WM)
22nd Mar 2011 Black-throated Diver View Image 10 in Loch Slapin + 18 Great Northern Divers (RMcM)
21st Mar 2011 Short-eared Owl View Image single at dusk at Ebost (PE)
18th Mar 2011 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image Two at Lyndale - and two at Fasach on the 16th (AS)

18th Mar 2011 Wheatear View Image 1st male of the year at the Aird, Gedintailor, Braes (WM)
18th Mar 2011 Pied Wagtail View Image scattered reports with best of 5 at the Aird, Gedintailor, Braes & 3 on nearby crofts (WM)
16th Mar 2011 Pied Wagtail View Image another report from Kilbryde, nr Torrin (JJ)
15th Mar 2011 Crested Tit View Image probably last seen at Fasach, Glendale around this time - and has moved on (M.Fawkes)
15th Mar 2011 Pied Wagtail View Image 1st report from Lephin, Glendale (AS)
15th Mar 2011 spring migrants had my first Wheatear to-day - but as I am currently in Spain maybe that was expected (Bob) - however there was a report from Mull so look out for these early birds despite the weather!
15th Mar 2011 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image two on Broadford River (MB)
14th Mar 2011 Golden Plover 26 on Ardnish, Broadford + 4 Lapwing & 11 Goldeneye (A&EH)
12th Mar 2011 Greenland White-fronted Goose flock of 17 still on Ardnish + 48 Turnstone and 22 Golden Plover (AH)
12th Mar 2011 Golden Plover 14 at Peinchorran + 5 Lapwing (WM)
11th Mar 2011 Barn Owl View Image Single at Ard Dorch (CMacleod)
10th Mar 2011 Shelduck 10 in Broadford Bay (MB)
10th Mar 2011 Gannet Stormy weather bringing 1st spring bird into Narrows of Raasay (PDark)
9th Mar 2011 Meadow Pipit View Image 4 on the croft at Gedintailor, Braes (WM)
7th Mar 2011 Reed Bunting View Image 3 coming to garden feeders at Achacork, Portree (CLomas)
6th Mar 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 20 heading north over Loch Eishort near Heaste (LMurray)
6th Mar 2011 Brambling View Image two at Earlish (N.Hodgetts)
5th Mar 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 23 heading north at Braes, early spring returners (WM)
3rd Mar 2011 Barnacle Goose View Image count of c180 on Isay and Clett, near Dunvegan (RMcM)
3rd Mar 2011 Short-eared Owl View Image single at dusk at Ullinish (PE)
1st Mar 2011 Greenshank single bird back on Loch Slapin, possibly a local breeder (RMcM)
1st Mar 2011 Shoveler a drake at the Croe Saltings is an extremely rare record for Lochalsh (BN) - also 2 Turnstone - clearly some birds are on the move with this fine weather.

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