Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye

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 John Poyner (  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 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' -  Records sent to us are also submitted to Birdtrack.

Date Species Image Details
30th Jul 2011 Golden Plover 14 at Traigh, Morar + small groups of Dunlin and Ringed Plover moving through (SMacD)
29th Jul 2011 Common Cuckoo View Image fledged youngster being fed by Meadow Pipits at Kilbryde, Torrin (JJ)
29th Jul 2011 Whooper Swan View Image summering bird still in Uig Bay (MLumb)
28th Jul 2011 Common Rosefinch View Image 1st year male reported at Fiskavaig (Dick Matson)is only the 5th record for Skye.
27th Jul 2011 White-tailed Eagle View Image two reports of an adult and juvenile near Neist Point (JPhillips). The adult was well out to sea hassling Gannets. This behaviour is not unusual often forcing the Gannets to give up fish but also on occasions taking the Gannets themselves.
27th Jul 2011 Sooty Shearwater View Image single amongst Manxies south west of Muck (R.Dyer on MV Shearwater)
26th Jul 2011 Spotted Flycatcher View Image confirmed breeding with three fledged young at Armadale Castle gardens (MBratt)
26th Jul 2011 Common Scoter interesting report of 10 in Loch Eishort (G.Ferguson)
25th Jul 2011 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image recently fledged youngster at Kilbryde nr Torrin (JJones)and a pair with a youngster near Aird (K.MacAskill)
25th Jul 2011 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird still at Aird Bernisdale + a Whinchat (S.Watson)
24th Jul 2011 Grey Plover View Image 2 on Ardnish + 20 Golden Plover (A&EH)
23rd Jul 2011 Jay following up local reports Stephen MacDonald had a bird in the Morar Lodge grounds - this species has yet to be recorded in Skye and Lochalsh but is getting closer!
22nd Jul 2011 Whooper Swan View Image single summering bird still in Uig Bay (MLumb)
22nd Jul 2011 Black-throated Diver View Image two flying on the Badicaul side of the Skye Bridge (J.Storie)
22nd Jul 2011 Merlin View Image single chasing Meadow Pipits at Breakish (P&RDavison)
21st Jul 2011 Whimbrel View Image two at Loch Snizort-Beag (G.Ferguson)
21st Jul 2011 Cuckoo recently fledged bird at Elgol (RMcM)
20th Jul 2011 Common Scoter male at Camas a Mhor, Gedintailor (M.Lumb)
19th Jul 2011 Stonechat View Image male feeding fledged young at Roag - there have been few breeding reports this year. (RMcM)(see Gallery)
19th Jul 2011 Black-throated Diver View Image two for several days at Camas a Mhor, Gedintailor, and three to-day (WM)
18th Jul 2011 Sanderling View Image 10 at Ashaig & 150+ Oystercatcher (A&EH)- also 6 Sanderling at Traigh & 7 Golden Plover (SMacD)
18th Jul 2011 Sabine's Gull 1st summer bird 3 miles east of Staffin Island on Hebridean Whale Cruises out of Gairloch (Nick Davies)- see Gallery
17th Jul 2011 Sanderling View Image 4 at Ashaig, Broadford (A&EH)
17th Jul 2011 Storm petrel single off Point of Aird, Gedintailor, Braes (WM)
16th Jul 2011 Redshank 80+ on Ardnish, along with 40 Dunlin, a single Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit (EH)
16th Jul 2011 House Sparrow (albino) another report of an albino House Sparrow, this time at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)(see Gallery)
16th Jul 2011 Crested Tit View Image this time in Gairloch - could it be our Skye wintering bird still trying to find its way home (per HI)
15th Jul 2011 Whooper Swan View Image single still in Uig Bay (M.Lumb)
14th Jul 2011 Cuckoo confirmed breeding reports are rare - report of young bird being fed by Meadow Pipit at Lower Milovaig (R.Sutton)
14th Jul 2011 Common Crossbill View Image c25 including juveniles near Greshornish (RMcM)
14th Jul 2011 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Harrapool (MB)
14th Jul 2011 Common Scoter two in Broadford Bay (MB)
11th Jul 2011 Wigeon 3 early arrivals at Lusa (A&EH)
11th Jul 2011 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Broadford Bay (SB)
10th Jul 2011 Whooper Swan View Image single still in Uig Bay (RMcM)
9th Jul 2011 Osprey View Image another report of a single over Broadford heading towards Sleat (MB)
9th Jul 2011 Whimbrel View Image up to 4 at Harrapool + 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (A&EH, MB)
9th Jul 2011 Black Redstart View Image still at Ellishadder (GJ)
8th Jul 2011 Lapwing flock of 27 at Loch Cillchroisd included some young birds, and may not all be local in origin (RMcM) (see Gallery)
7th Jul 2011 Whooper Swan View Image single straggler at Uig Bay (MLumb)
7th Jul 2011 Kestrel there are probably three breeding pairs in Strathaird with young now on the wing. This is much higher than normal and probably reflects a good year for voles.
7th Jul 2011 House Sparrow (albino) we have had reports of albino sparrows in previous years - this time at Earlish (per S.Porter)
5th Jul 2011 Garden Warbler three territories in the Carr Brae area of Lochalsh, + five of Blackcap and Wood Warbler (BNeath)
5th Jul 2011 Swift 4 going south at Dunvegan (AChapman)
4th Jul 2011 Ring Ouzel View Image male on Healabhal Bheag (MacLeod's table south) Dunvegan (AChapman)
4th Jul 2011 Sooty Shearwater View Image single with manxies on the east side of Canna (GRobertson)
3rd Jul 2011 Sooty Shearwater View Image single with rafts of Manx Shearwater between Rum and Eigg (PExley)
2nd Jul 2011 Swift single bird high above Moll (WPeppe)
2nd Jul 2011 Green Sandpiper View Image report of two on the shore near Dunvegan campsite (AChapman)
2nd Jul 2011 Storm Petrel single near Rum (PExley)
1st Jul 2011 Greylag Goose View Image a possible moulting flock again around Clett Mingay and Isay - some 200 in 4 groups (AM)
1st Jul 2011 Greenshank some breeding birds were thought to have failed early because of the rain in May but two pairs with young on neighbouring tetrads in Sleat (RMcM)
1st Jul 2011 Black-throated Diver View Image single bird on a loch in Sleat (RMcM)

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