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 Feb 2012 Lapwing 3 returned to breeding territories in the glen near Ord (S.Arnold)
29th Feb 2012 Pied Wagtail View Image several reported from the Mallaig area (JChester) suggesting breeding birds are starting to move back in.
29th Feb 2012 Glossy Ibis View Image this looks like the last date the birds were seen on Eigg (JChester)
28th Feb 2012 Hen Harrier View Image male at Kilbryde (M-MJ) and probably the same bird seen at Faoilean heading west(RMcM)
28th Feb 2012 Whooper Swan View Image still 12 at the head of Loch Shiel (JP)
27th Feb 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image report of possibly two birds in the Black Lochs, Broadford area (JGrant)
27th Feb 2012 Barn Owl View Image two reports from Sleat, one at Kinloch and another near Eilean Iarmain (JGrant)
26th Feb 2012 Iceland Gull View Image still c10 of various ages in Mallaig harbour as well as a juvenile Glaucous Gull (SMacD)
26th Feb 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image two at Ullinish (PSempler)
25th Feb 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image another report of a single at the Black Lochs near Broadford (JGrant)
25th Feb 2012 Barn Owl View Image bird hunting near Leiter Fura, Kinloch in early evening (A&D Hickey)
24th Feb 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image single at The Aird, Gedintailor (P.Dark)
24th Feb 2012 White-tailed Eagle View Image juvenile at The Aird, Gedintailor mobbed by Gulls appeared to be fitted with a radio transmitter so may be an east of Scotland bird(P.Dark)
22nd Feb 2012 Barnacle Goose View Image 50 at Staffin (TB)
22nd Feb 2012 Barn Owl View Image report from Lower Ollach, Braes (C.Atkins)
21st Feb 2012 Grey Plover View Image single again at Camus a Mhor, Gedintailor (WM)
21st Feb 2012 Greenland White-fronted Goose 3 feeding on croft ground at the back of Waterloo (SB)
19th Feb 2012 Redwing View Image small influx at Lower Milovaig along with Song Thrushes suggesting birds are on the move (AS)
17th Feb 2012 Hen Harrier View Image report of a male at Upper Halistra, Waternish, which has been around for several weeks - also a female Merlin (CMatheson)
14th Feb 2012 Glossy Ibis View Image amazingly the group of birds remains on Eigg (Kathleen Millar) - see gallery for an image by Brian Gardner
14th Feb 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Struan Causeway (MH)
14th Feb 2012 Ptarmigan View Image 3 on Beinn na Caillich (SB)
13th Feb 2012 Hen Harrier View Image male near forestry at Kinloch, Sleat (RC)
13th Feb 2012 Little Grebe View Image count of 3 in Loch Portree (TB),a single at Kensaleyre (TH)ad a pair at Struan Causeway (MH)
13th Feb 2012 Glaucous Gull View Image single adult in gull roost at head of Loch Portree + adult Iceland Gull (TB)
12th Feb 2012 Great Northern Diver View Image at least 7 in Loch Harport (D.Hammond)
11th Feb 2012 Red-throated Diver View Image 5 at Inver Tote (CH) with a similar number at Balmeanach Bay + a Goosander (WM)
10th Feb 2012 Iceland Gull View Image adult and 2nd winter bird still at Bayfield, Portree (JL) and an immature flew past Rubha Mor, Plockton (BN)
8th Feb 2012 Greenland White-fronted Goose 18 over Waterloo (SB)
7th Feb 2012 Iceland Gull View Image adult and 2nd winter at Portree (JL)
7th Feb 2012 Woodcock 3 flushed at Kilbryde, Torrin (NHodgetts)
6th Feb 2012 Slavonian Grebe two in Bagh an t-Sradhaidh, Duirinish (BN)
5th Feb 2012 Jack Snipe View Image single at Glas Eilean, Broadford (MB)
5th Feb 2012 Shelduck pair on the shore at Claigan, Dunvegan (MMacI)
5th Feb 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 10 adults and an imm. at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (MMacI) and still 11 at Loch Sheil (BN)
4th Feb 2012 Lapwing good count of 26 at Lower Breakish (P&RDavison)
4th Feb 2012 Iceland Gull View Image adult and 2nd winter at Portree, and 1st winter at Moll Fish Farm (DCJ)
4th Feb 2012 Glaucous Gull View Image 3rd winter at Moll Fish Farm (DCJ)
4th Feb 2012 Greenland White-fronted Goose count of 28 at Chaluim Chille, Kilmuir, included two European birds rarely recorded in the area (DCJ)
4th Feb 2012 Barnacle Goose View Image 75 at Kilmaluag (DCJ)
4th Feb 2012 Knot still two at Loch Portree + 15 Bar-tailed Godwit (DCJ)
3rd Feb 2012 Jay another report of single bird at Morar village (SMacD)
2nd Feb 2012 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Bayfield, Portree (PE)
1st Feb 2012 Iceland Gull View Image two adults at Bayfield, Portree now joined by 2nd winter bird (JL)

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