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 Mar 2012 Willow Warbler View Image thought to have been heard in brief song yesterday - but in full song to-day at Lephin, Glendale - again an extremely early record (AS)
30th Mar 2012 Chiffchaff one singing in the Broadford Industrial Estate (MB)
30th Mar 2012 Hen Harrier View Image recent reports of a male at Lower Breakish, Old Corry and Loch Cillchroisd suggest birds may be trying to establish new territories. Pairs used to breed at several locations in south Skye but have not done so for several years - all sightings welcome.
29th Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 16 flying north-west over Ullinish (PSemler)
29th Mar 2012 Canada Goose View Image pair on the croft at Aird, Sleat (K.Macaskill)
29th Mar 2012 Goosander View Image another pair on the River Snizort on the 'hill road' (PE)
29th Mar 2012 Merlin View Image two reports from the Glendale/Upper Milovaig area - possibly the same bird but migrants will be moving north at the moment (AS)
28th Mar 2012 Puffin 5 in the Narrows of Raasay (WM)
28th Mar 2012 Wheatear View Image still trickling through with a pair at Harrapool (STerry)
28th Mar 2012 Twite View Image 10 at Ardelve, Lochalsh (BN)
28th Mar 2012 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 30 at Broadford Bay (MB)
27th Mar 2012 Ptarmigan View Image single on Sgurr na Coinnich, still partly in winter plumage (R.Davison)
27th Mar 2012 Barnacle Goose View Image c20 on Eilean Mor, Lyndale (RMcM)
27th Mar 2012 Swallow two reported near the clay pigeon range Portree (G.Edge)
27th Mar 2012 Iceland Gull View Image single at The Aird, Balmeanach, Braes (WM)and 5 at Balmacara including 3 adults (BN)
27th Mar 2012 Red Kite View Image single bird seen near Broadford (Neil Jones)
26th Mar 2012 Chiffchaff singing bird at Kilmarie, Strathaird (K.MacKenzie)
25th Mar 2012 Shelduck 7 at Camusunary (Christine MacIver)
25th Mar 2012 Wheatear View Image several reports with birds at Talisker Bay (DH), Tarskavaig (SB), Struan Causeway (MH), 4 at Kilmaluag (JMcL) and 3 males at Meanish Pier, 7 males at Upper Milovaig, and a female at Lower Milovaig (AS)
25th Mar 2012 Sand Martin View Image first report with a single at The Aird, Braes (WM)
25th Mar 2012 Goosander View Image pair on the river at Swordale, Strathaird (DM)
25th Mar 2012 Twite View Image first reports from Amer, Struan (MH)
25th Mar 2012 Great Northern Diver View Image 5 at Armadale Pier (SB)
24th Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 45 north over Lower Milovaig (AS)
24th Mar 2012 Linnet male singing in the garden at Lower Milovaig (AS)
24th Mar 2012 Wheatear View Image another two reported from Elgol (T.Hodgetts)
24th Mar 2012 House Martin View Image continuing the run of very early migrants, a single at Elgol (THodgetts)
24th Mar 2012 Twite View Image 4 at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
24th Mar 2012 Chiffchaff two separate birds calling at Morar (SMacD)
23rd Mar 2012 Great Northern Diver View Image count of 20 on the Moll 'loop' (RMcM)
23rd Mar 2012 Grey Wagtail View Image single at Waterloo, Broadford (SB)
23rd Mar 2012 Common Sandpiper View Image single at the Black Lochs, Broadford, - presumably a very early migrant (SB)
23rd Mar 2012 Wheatear View Image singles at Elgol & Torrin (A.Matthewson)and up to 5, all males, at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM&PD), and two at the sheep fank on the Ord road (A.Lyle)
23rd Mar 2012 Coot View Image a single at Lochlonghead, Lochalsh (P.Speak) - this is an extremely scarce record for Lochalsh and the first that Brian Neath is aware of in the last 24 years and is probably a first record for Lochalsh.
22nd Mar 2012 Common Sandpiper View Image single bird on Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH) - this will probably be the 'wintering' bird as migrants have yet to arrive. It is extremely unusual for a bird to winter this far north.
22nd Mar 2012 Twite View Image single male singing in the sunshine at Elgol, an early returning migrant (RMcM) + two at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
22nd Mar 2012 Brambling View Image probable male at Leiter Fura, Kinloch (S.Terry)
22nd Mar 2012 Snow Bunting View Image pair near the summit of Blaven (A.Matthewson)
22nd Mar 2012 Wheatear View Image pair at Amer, Struan (M.Herbert)
22nd Mar 2012 Black-throated Diver View Image 8 in Loch Slapin and a single in Loch Scavaig (RMcM)
22nd Mar 2012 Great-northern Diver View Image 16 in Loch Slapin and 3 in Loch Scavaig (RMcM)
22nd Mar 2012 Turnstone 13 on Glen Brittle beach (JThomas)
22nd Mar 2012 Redwing View Image migrating flock singing to-gether at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
22nd Mar 2012 Slavonian Grebe 2 on Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD)
22nd Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 34 north at Loch Dunvegan (R.Wright) & 60 resting on Loch Eil (per SMacD)
22nd Mar 2012 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 34 at Ardnish + 10 Grey Plover (A&EH)
22nd Mar 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image report of pair at Ullinish (PE)-see Gallery for image by Peggy Sempler.
21st Mar 2012 Wigeon 48 at Ashaig & 7 Goldeneye (A&EH)
21st Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 3 at Loch Mealt (JGrant)
21st Mar 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image single at the Black Lochs, Broadford (JGrant)and a single at Struan Causeway (MHerbert)
21st Mar 2012 Wheatear View Image another early report with a single at Traigh Golf Course, Morar(SMacD)
20th Mar 2012 Green Sandpiper View Image one flushed at Cleadale, Eigg (J.Chester)
19th Mar 2012 Iceland Gull View Image three at Elgol jetty with other Gulls feeding on small fish at high tide - (1st winter, 2nd winter & 3rd winter)(A.Matthewson)
18th Mar 2012 Wheatear View Image male at Upper Milovaig is the first report of the year (A&AS)
18th Mar 2012 Lapwing 8 on historical breeding grounds at Peinachorrain, Braes (WM)
18th Mar 2012 Golden Eagle View Image immature over Harrapool (SB)
17th Mar 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image pair near Carbost yesterday (WPeppe) and single to-day on Glas Eilean, Broadford (MB) - also single on the Glen Brittle road (Jean Thomas)
17th Mar 2012 Bullfinch 7 at Kyleakin round-a-bout (A&EH)
17th Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 4 at Loch Mealt (JMacLennan)
16th Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 25 north over Glasphein, Glendale in the morning with another group heading north over Glendale in the early evening (per AS)
15th Mar 2012 Iceland Gull View Image adult and 2nd winter bird still at Bayfield, Portree (J.Lawson)
15th Mar 2012 Slavonian Grebe single in Kyleakin Harbour + Little Grebe (THodgetts)
14th Mar 2012 Greylag Goose View Image 41 in a flock at Glen Brittle (JP)
13th Mar 2012 Slavonian Grebe two at Lusa (A&EH)
13th Mar 2012 Eider 54 at Kyleakin (SB)
13th Mar 2012 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 23 at Loch Portree + a Knot (RMcM)
12th Mar 2012 Slavonian Grebe interesting report of single at head of Loch Portree (TB)
12th Mar 2012 Iceland Gull View Image adult at Bayfield, Portree (TB)
12th Mar 2012 Barn Owl View Image one on a fence post beside the road at Drynoch (DBrown)
12th Mar 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image one at Lonmore, Dunvegan (D.Brown)
11th Mar 2012 Merlin View Image female in garden at Kilbryde, Torrin (JJ)
11th Mar 2012 Iceland Gull View Image two 3rd winter birds at Claigan, Dunvegan, with distant views of several more white-winged gulls at fish farm at Borreraig (DCJ,RMcM)
11th Mar 2012 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird in Loch Portree(DCJ,RMcM)
11th Mar 2012 Common Scoter two in Loch Greshornish near Edinbane(DCJ,RMcM)
11th Mar 2012 Barnacle Goose View Image 28+ on Eilean Beag, Lyndale Point (DCJ,RMcM)
11th Mar 2012 Goosander View Image pair on the river at Ord (Jan Young) & 7 at Loch Mor, Waterstein
11th Mar 2012 Red Grouse 3 flew over the Glen Eynort road (K.Lindsley)
11th Mar 2012 Lapwing pairs back in territory with display in Glen Eynort (KL), Glendale (DCJ) and Ullinish (PE).
10th Mar 2012 Canada Goose View Image 3 at Waterloo (DCJ)
10th Mar 2012 Iceland Gull View Image 8 on Raasay - 5 at Inverarish and 3 at Fearns (DCJ)
10th Mar 2012 Glaucous Gull View Image 3 on Raasay - 2 at Inverarish and a single at Fearns (DCJ)
10th Mar 2012 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image single at Brochel, Raasay (DCJ)
10th Mar 2012 Barn Owl View Image one at Keppoch, Strathaird (RPhillips)
9th Mar 2012 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image two at Struan Causeway (MHerbert)
9th Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image four at Loch Duagrigh near Struan (MHerbert)
9th Mar 2012 Pied Wagtail View Image first of the year at Lephin, Glendale + Meadow Pipit (AS)
9th Mar 2012 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 28 at Ashaig + 40 Dunlin (AH)
9th Mar 2012 Greenland White-fronted Goose single at Traigh, Morar, with two Greylags and a hybrid Canada Goose (SMacD)
8th Mar 2012 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Ardmore Point, Waternish (MP)
8th Mar 2012 Short-eared Owl View Image three at Gesto with one displaying (PElford)
7th Mar 2012 Iceland Gull View Image two at Kyle, 1st winter and 2nd winter (J.Phillips)- also report of two at The Aird, Gedintailor (P.Dark)
7th Mar 2012 Gannet early report of a bird off Dunvegan Head (T.Hodgetts)
5th Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image birds starting to move north with two at Lochlonghead (PSpeak)and 28 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (BK)
5th Mar 2012 Skylark View Image several birds singing at Trumpan, Waternish (S.Clarke) and at Elgol (RMcM)
5th Mar 2012 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 at Loch Slapin at dusk (RMcM)
5th Mar 2012 Canada Goose View Image single in the sea off An Aird, Gedintailor (PDark)
4th Mar 2012 Greater White-fronted Goose View Image c13 at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig 12 of which appear to be European White-fronts, an excellent record for the west coast (SMacD), with a single 'Greenland'.
3rd Mar 2012 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image another two on the Broadford River (MB)
3rd Mar 2012 Skylark View Image a few birds coming back with singing at Scullamus (MB)
3rd Mar 2012 Dunlin View Image 39 at Broadford Bay +24 Ringed Plover and 13 Bar-tailed Godwit (MB)
3rd Mar 2012 Brambling View Image freshly moulted male on feeders at Lochlonghead (PS)
3rd Mar 2012 Red Kite View Image single bird on Inverinate Estate watched by a pair of Golden Eagles (R.Anderson)
2nd Mar 2012 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image two at Lephin, Glendale is the first report of the spring(AS)
2nd Mar 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 7 at Loch Suardal (P.Sempler) - look out for birds moving north soon.
2nd Mar 2012 Rook View Image unusual on a sea crossing - but c20 in the middle of the Sound of Sleat flying from Ardvarsar direction towards Traigh (RMcM)
2nd Mar 2012 Pied Wagtail View Image birds back at Kilbryde, Torrin (JJ)
1st Mar 2012 Greenland White-fronted Goose count of 35 at Challuim Chille, Trotternish, contained at least 3 European birds (albifrons)
1st Mar 2012 Barnacle Goose View Image 24 on Staffin Island, 15 on Stenscholl crofts and 108 at Balmacqueen (RMcM)
1st Mar 2012 Hen Harrier View Image a male at Lower Milovaig (AS)

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