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 2011 Hen Harrier View Image male near the Otter hide, Kylerhea (Suzanne Nicholas)
30th Dec 2011 Hen Harrier View Image a further report of a female at Upper Tote (CH)
30th Dec 2011 Barn Owl View Image three reports of singles, at Fairy Bridge, at Lyndale and at Uig(CAlston)- three different reports in one day was matched recently but is unusual.
30th Dec 2011 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Greshornish (CAlston)
30th Dec 2011 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter at Bayfield, Portree (Jeff Lawson)
29th Dec 2011 Hen Harrier View Image another report of a single bird near Kilbryde, Torrin (DM)
29th Dec 2011 Goosander View Image single on Loch Cillchroisd (DM)
28th Dec 2011 Hen Harrier View Image another male, this time in more familiar territory at The Fanks, Kildonan (MP)
28th Dec 2011 Brambling View Image single with Chaffinches at Isleornsay (RC)
28th Dec 2011 Dipper pair at Lochlonghead with male in full display(PS)Recent reports of a pair at Struan Causeway (MH) and up to three at Kilmarie, Strathaird (RMcM)
27th Dec 2011 Hen Harrier View Image reports from Lochalsh are scarce so adult male at Lochlonghead is interesting (PS)
27th Dec 2011 Barnacle Goose View Image 37 at the mouth of the River Hinnisdal (NHodgetts)
27th Dec 2011 Red Grouse single bird near the Fairy Bridge (C.Alston)
27th Dec 2011 Purple Sandpiper View Image 2 in Portree (D.Angus)
24th Dec 2011 Water Rail single by the river at Drynoch Lodge (WP)
24th Dec 2011 Snow Bunting View Image two females at Mealladh Mor, the Quirang (MP)
20th Dec 2011 Long-tailed Duck View Image single in Balmeanach Bay, Braes (RMcM)
20th Dec 2011 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 25 in Portree Loch + a single Knot(RMcM)
18th Dec 2011 Brambling View Image two at feeders at Kyleakin (Sue Wells)
18th Dec 2011 Jack Snipe View Image now two at the head of Loch Slapin + three Common Snipe (RMcM)
18th Dec 2011 Hen Harrier View Image adult males reported from Uigshader (JK) and Elgol, with a ringtail still in the Lower Breakish area.
18th Dec 2011 Grey Plover View Image single at Camus a Mhor, Braes, is unusual in that location (WM)
18th Dec 2011 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image visiting feeders at Lochlonghead where Siskins have also returned to feeders after a few months absence (PSpeak)
18th Dec 2011 Barn Owl View Image another report from Kilmore, Sleat (JGrant)
17th Dec 2011 Snow Bunting View Image single in the saltmarsh at the head of Loch Slapin
17th Dec 2011 Jack Snipe View Image single with a Common Snipe at the head of Loch Slapin (RMcM)
16th Dec 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 11 flying east at Kyleakin (HS)
15th Dec 2011 Greenland White-fronted Goose Broadford wintering flock eventually located with c18 on Pabay and 3 on Ardnish (RMcM)
15th Dec 2011 Common Scoter a group of 8 in Broadford Bay and a group of 10 in the Scalpay narrows (RMcM)
15th Dec 2011 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image wintering numbers have increased with 24 roosting at Waterloo and 26 at Ardnish (RMcM)
15th Dec 2011 Purple Sandpiper View Image 7 at Ardnish + 4 Grey Plover (RMcM)
14th Dec 2011 Red Grouse single beside the Skriaig transmitter, Portree (MP)
12th Dec 2011 Hen Harrier View Image a ringtail at Glas Eilean, Broadford (EH) is probably the same bird seen regularly at Lower Breakish (LP)
12th Dec 2011 Greenland White-fronted Goose flock of 31 at Kilmuir (RMcM) - still no reports of the 'wintering' Broadford Flock?
12th Dec 2011 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of 150 at Balmacquien and 28 at Staffin (RMcM)
12th Dec 2011 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 16 at Loch Portree (RMcM)
12th Dec 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 7 at Chaluim Chille Kilmuir (RMcM)
11th Dec 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 4 at Harrapool, Broadford Bay (RThornton)and a single on the flooded field at Suardal
11th Dec 2011 Barn Owl View Image report from Upper Breakish (R.Davison)
10th Dec 2011 Fieldfare View Image 30+ at Amer, Struan + a Merlin (MHerbert)
10th Dec 2011 Water Rail another report from a garden in Harrapool (SB)
9th Dec 2011 Glaucous Gull View Image report of a single at Uig Pier (CAlston)
8th Dec 2011 Water Rail single visiting garden in Harrapool (CB)
6th Dec 2011 Short-eared Owl View Image single flew over the road at Borve (T.Hodgetts)
6th Dec 2011 Moorhen juvenile in garden at Hallin, Waternish (AM)
4th Dec 2011 Hen Harrier View Image male reported in the Loch Eyre area (INorris)
3rd Dec 2011 Whooper Swan View Image 6 over Kyleakin Obbe in the morning with a similar number over the area in darkness late evening - suggesting migrating birds are still on the move(A&EH)
3rd Dec 2011 Iceland Gull View Image two in Mallaig Harbour, an adult and a juvenile + a juvenile Glaucous Gull (SMacD)
3rd Dec 2011 Barn Owl View Image single seen at Kinloch (RC) and unfortunately dead bird found at Cruard, Isleornsay (Ailish Culberson)
1st Dec 2011 Whooper Swan View Image still birds seemingly moving south with 6 over Breakish Obbe (P&RDavison)
1st Dec 2011 Pomarine Skua View Image single between Elgol and Soay (RMcM)
1st Dec 2011 Moorhen possible juvenile feeding on croft at Cruard, Isleornsay (G.MacKenzie)
1st Dec 2011 Hen Harrier View Image two reports of ringtails, one at Achacork (C.Lomas) and one at Oronsay, Struan (PE)
1st Dec 2011 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Mallaig Harbour (SMacD)

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