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
30th Jun 2012 White-tailed Eagle View Image current breeding position is 7 chicks from at least 12 pairs in Skye and Lochalsh (A.MacLennan, RSPB) - pair at Portree has failed though adults still being seen from boat trips.
28th Jun 2012 Red-breasted Merganser View Image brood of 4 on Loch Mor a few days ago (MH) and brood of 10 at Isleornsay to-day (RC)
28th Jun 2012 Teal View Image pair with small brood on Loch Meodal, Sleat (RC)
27th Jun 2012 Whooper Swan View Image single bird now on the River Snizort at Skeabost (RMcM)
27th Jun 2012 Eider moulting floch of 85 in Loch Ainort at Luib (RMcM)
27th Jun 2012 Barn Owl View Image single in old breeding site south of Mallaig (SMacD)
26th Jun 2012 White-tailed Eagle View Image juvenile 'Red L' seen on Struan hill road (Iain Jones) - this bird was released in August 2011 in the east of Scotland release programme.
25th Jun 2012 Whooper Swan View Image single on Loch Duagrich could be the same bird recently reported at Glendale (MH)
25th Jun 2012 Great Skua View Image pair at Waternish Point (S.Bungard)
25th Jun 2012 Orca 3 seen off the isle of Muck with a Minke feeding nearby (Kathleen Millar) - see image in Gallery (Cetaceans)
24th Jun 2012 Ring Ouzel View Image pair in territory on slopes of Sgurr na Banachdich (M.Lates Skye Guides)
23rd Jun 2012 Great Skua View Image 3 reported from Neist Point but no further evidence on breeding (AS)
23rd Jun 2012 Arctic Skua View Image two off Neist Point harassing Kittiwakes (AS)
23rd Jun 2012 Storm Petrel singles between Arisaig and Eigg and off Kilmory, Rum - from MV Sheerwater (SMacD)
22nd Jun 2012 Whimbrel View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
21st Jun 2012 Rook View Image c60 adults and juveniles at Achachork, Portree, included two 'brown' birds, plumage variants which have been reported in previous years (C.Lomas) - see our archive of 27.6.2008.
21st Jun 2012 House Martin View Image two pairs at Amer, Struan (M.Herbert)
20th Jun 2012 Common Whitethroat View Image singing birds at Claigan on the 13th and Hallin on the 15th (A.Harding), Kensaleyre on 18th (MH) and newly arrived at Elgol to-day (RMcM)
20th Jun 2012 Mute Swan View Image single at Pool Roag (A&J Bowman)
19th Jun 2012 Basking Shark report of one breaching several times off Elgol (T.Hodgetts)- unusual behaviour this has been recorded several years ago at Neist Point
19th Jun 2012 Corncrake View Image several birds calling during recent visit to Canna - and calling bird on Muck during visit (H&MS)
18th Jun 2012 Common Scoter 40+ heading south off Holme Island, Sound of Raasay (Nick Davies, Hebridean Whale Cruises)& still 4 in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Jun 2012 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 9 in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Jun 2012 Barn Owl View Image another report of a single at Kensaleyre (MH)
18th Jun 2012 Spotted Flycatcher View Image possible territorial bird at Conon Woods, Uig (N.Hodgetts)
17th Jun 2012 Tawny Owl pairs fledged two young at Uignish, Dunvegan (H.MacDonald) and at Torrin (G.Hopwood)
17th Jun 2012 Sand Martin View Image numbers probably down at Kyleakin Quarry with c20 pairs (A&EH)- also down at Torvaig, Portree (CLomas)
17th Jun 2012 Kittiwake c200 with other gulls feeding in Staffin Bay (MP)
16th Jun 2012 Common Scoter 4 in Broadford Bay (MB)
14th Jun 2012 Ring Ouzel View Image female by the Allt a Choire on Beinn na Caillich (N.Hodgetts)
13th Jun 2012 Barn Owl View Image single at Ellishadder (G.Jones)
13th Jun 2012 Pomarine Skua View Image single at sea, 5 miles NE of Rum (R.Erdal)
11th Jun 2012 Whimbrel View Image late straggler at Traigh (SMacD)
11th Jun 2012 Great Northern Diver View Image still two offshore at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
10th Jun 2012 Canada Goose View Image single with flock of Greylags at Loch Caroy (MS)
10th Jun 2012 Glaucous Gull View Image single summering bird at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
9th Jun 2012 House Martin View Image two arrived at Upper Milovaig on the 6th with another two at Lephin to-day (AS)
9th Jun 2012 Kittiwake c200 in the Sound of Raasay +50 Common Guillemot & 20 Gannet (WM)
9th Jun 2012 Quail one calling at Glendale (A.Harding)
9th Jun 2012 Whooper Swan View Image late straggler on the shore at Glendale (A.Harding)
7th Jun 2012 Whinchat View Image at least 4 territories in Roag area (RMcM)
7th Jun 2012 Common Crossbill View Image family party of 6/7 in Choisleadar Forest (RMcM)
6th Jun 2012 Wood Warbler possibly 8 territories in the Carr Brae, Lochalsh area (BN)
6th Jun 2012 Spotted Flycatcher View Image birds still arriving with two now in territories at Carr Brae, Dornie (BN)
6th Jun 2012 Great Skua View Image after several years of non-breeding birds being present at Neist Point it appears that a pair are now breeding(G.Whittle)
6th Jun 2012 Iceland Gull View Image sub-adult at Talisker Bay (E.Hampshire)
5th Jun 2012 House Martin View Image new migrants possibly still arriving with three nest prospecting at Elgol (RMcM)
5th Jun 2012 Common Whitethroat View Image singing bird at Hungladder, Trotternish (G.Whittle)
5th Jun 2012 Eider nest with 4 eggs found on Fladday (C.Hawley)
5th Jun 2012 Shelduck pair with 9 chicks near the 'bad step' on Loch Scavaig (N.Hodgetts)
5th Jun 2012 Barn Owl View Image possibly two pairs in the Glendale area (AS)
4th Jun 2012 Spotted Flycatcher View Image unfortunately one struck a window at Skeabost Bridge (G.Ferguson)
4th Jun 2012 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image report of a single in garden at Gedintailor, Braes, suggests further northerly spread (C.Atkins)
4th Jun 2012 Pink-footed Goose View Image unseasonal single at Elgol (see Gallery) (RMcM)
4th Jun 2012 Cuckoo a bird was observed to-day flying out to sea at Lower Milovaig and was followed with binoculars until it disappeared from view heading towards Harris (AS)- possibly a late migrant.
2nd Jun 2012 Canada Goose View Image 3 at Kyleakin flying towards Kyle (A&EH)
2nd Jun 2012 Whinchat View Image male carrying food near Coral Beaches, Dunvegan (G.Bishton)
1st Jun 2012 Tree Sparrow one visiting bird table at Kildonan, Eigg (J.Chester)

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