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 2012 Hen Harrier View Image reports of ringtails from Lower Breakish (R.Davison) and Glasnakille (J.MacKinnon)
31st Dec 2012 Waxwing View Image c6 still at Carr Brae for two days feeding on apples (R.Knight per BN)
29th Dec 2012 Whooper Swan View Image 6 on Loch Shiel and 4 on Loch nan Corr (BN)
28th Dec 2012 Whooper Swan View Image re record below - 14 now on Storr Lochs (CH)
28th Dec 2012 Common Scoter 10 in Balmeanach Bay, Braes (WM)
27th Dec 2012 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 14 on the wing and moving south at Rubha nam Brathairean, Trotternish (C.Hawley)
27th Dec 2012 Moorhen single in Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (RMcM)
26th Dec 2012 Slavonian Grebe away from normal recording areas, two at Loch Pooltiel (AS)
26th Dec 2012 Gannet two off Neist Point where there was a male Hen Harrier at the car park (AS)
26th Dec 2012 Fieldfare View Image flock of 70 at Neist (AS)
26th Dec 2012 Goldeneye 7 on Loch Mor, Waterstein (AS)
25th Dec 2012 Shelduck 3 in Broadford Bay (MB)
25th Dec 2012 Grey Plover View Image single in Broadford Bay + a Knot, 45 Dunlin & 37 Ringed Plover (MB)
25th Dec 2012 Whooper Swan View Image two on Loch Meodal (R.Ware)
23rd Dec 2012 Common Scoter single still off The Lump, Portree + 3 Little Grebe (T.Bowditch)
21st Dec 2012 Sanderling View Image single at Balmeanach Bay (WM)
21st Dec 2012 Ptarmigan View Image report of 3 on Sgurr na Coinnich (I.Stewart)
21st Dec 2012 Woodcock two on the road at Keppoch, Strathaird (I.Roden)
20th Dec 2012 Barnacle Goose View Image 30 at Staffin (TBowditch)
19th Dec 2012 Waxwing View Image two stragglers at Isleornsay (RC)
18th Dec 2012 Black-throated Diver View Image 6 at Camas Malag, Torrin (P.Phillips)
18th Dec 2012 Purple Sandpiper View Image 11 on Ardnish (RMcM)and 2 at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
18th Dec 2012 Slavonian Grebe 11 off Ardnish (RMcM) and a single at Balmeanach Bay (WM)
18th Dec 2012 Oystercatcher 139 in Broadford Bay during WeBS is a high December count (RMcM)
18th Dec 2012 Blackcap View Image another male on feeders, at Kyleakin (H&MS)
17th Dec 2012 Black Grouse View Image single at Cluanie (D.MacIntosh)
17th Dec 2012 Blackcap View Image male at Lower Milovaig (per AS)
17th Dec 2012 Barn Owl View Image single near Kyleakin on the Broadford road (J.Phillips)
16th Dec 2012 Moorhen two on the 13th (MP) and a single to-day - at Loch Suardal (P.Semler)
16th Dec 2012 Whooper Swan View Image two adults and 3 juveniles still at Loch Suardal (PSemler)
16th Dec 2012 Hen Harrier View Image recent reports of males at Eabost, Kilmarie, Torrin and Ardnish
15th Dec 2012 Lapwing c20 in the Kilmuir area (MP) - only a single reported from Ardnish.
15th Dec 2012 Black-throated Diver View Image report of 3 in Sound of Sleat at Advarsar (S.Wells)
14th Dec 2012 Waxwing View Image birds still at Inverinate feeding on rotten apples (DMacintosh)
13th Dec 2012 Waxwing View Image 4 at Inverinate is the first report in over a week (D.Macintosh)
12th Dec 2012 Barnacle Goose View Image 90 at Kilmaluag (RMcM)(see Gallery)
12th Dec 2012 Purple Sandpiper View Image 6 at Duntulm Castle (see Gallery) (RMcM)
12th Dec 2012 Knot single at Harrapool with 55+ Dunlin (MB)
11th Dec 2012 Great Northern Diver View Image 11 in Loch Slapin and 6 in Loch Scavaig (RMcM)
11th Dec 2012 Black-throated Diver View Image 5 in Loch Slapin and 2 Red-throated Divers (RMcM)
10th Dec 2012 Slavonian Grebe two at Portnalong (K.Sadler)
10th Dec 2012 Eider flock of 100 on Kyleside (A&EH)
10th Dec 2012 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image at feeders in Broadford (Janet Donaldson)
9th Dec 2012 Woodcock two at Fiscavaig on the path to Talisker Bay (K.Sadler)
9th Dec 2012 Goosander View Image 8 on Loch Pooltiel, 2males & 6 females (AS)
9th Dec 2012 Snow Bunting View Image excellent flock of 55+ at Bealach na Sroine, Kintail (Jenny Grant)
9th Dec 2012 Greenland White-fronted Goose probable flock of 13 flew from Ardnish towards Pabay (E.H)
8th Dec 2012 Twite View Image another interesting winter record with 25 at Ardelve - also 20 Rock Pipits (BN)
8th Dec 2012 Yellowhammer 3 at Ardelve + 3 Reed Bunting (BN)
7th Dec 2012 Woodcock single reported from Irishman's Point, Broadford (T.Hall)
6th Dec 2012 Slavonian Grebe two at Portnalong (well away from normal wintering area) (K.Saddler)
6th Dec 2012 Brambling View Image at feeders at Conchra, Lochalsh (perBN)
5th Dec 2012 Waxwing View Image numbers dwindling (as are the berries) but c12 at the old road a mile west of Kyleakin (RMcM)
5th Dec 2012 Snow Bunting View Image c20 at Bealach an Sgairne near the Kintail/Affric boundary (R.Anderson)
5th Dec 2012 Twite View Image c40 at Gleann Gniomhaidh, a mile east of the Lochalsh boundary - a very interesting winter record (R.Anderson)
5th Dec 2012 Siskin c70 at Carr Brae, Lochalsh (perBN)
4th Dec 2012 Waxwing View Image 20 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH) - also c25 near Plock of Kyle + 250 Fieldfare (J.Grant)
2nd Dec 2012 Blackcap View Image female at feeders Isleornsay (RC)
2nd Dec 2012 Goosander View Image 3 on Loch Caroy (M.Sellors) & 4 on Loch Beag, Struan (P.Semler)
2nd Dec 2012 Waxwing View Image still 50+ at Camustianavaig (Steve)
2nd Dec 2012 Water Rail single visiting garden at Glen Eynort (S.Davies)
2nd Dec 2012 Lapwing two wintering birds on Breakish Obbe (A&EH) & 3 at the head of Loch Snizort Brag (L.Shove)
2nd Dec 2012 Whooper Swan View Image adult with two juveniles at the head of Loch Snizort-Beag (L.Shove)

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