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 Jan 2013 Twite View Image flock of c40 at Invershiel above Kintail Lodge Hotel - another interesting winter record (R.Anderson)
31st Jan 2013 Greenshank single at Struan Causeway (PE)
26th Jan 2013 Fieldfare View Image small groups reported from Boreraig, Camas Malag & Loch Cillchroisd (A.Sime)
25th Jan 2013 Magpie still at Uig (M.Lumb)
25th Jan 2013 Iceland Gull View Image scarce this winter, there was a juvenile bird at the pier in Portree (C.Alston)
25th Jan 2013 Merlin View Image female near Staffin (TB)
24th Jan 2013 Yellowhammer pair seen at Kyleakin (A.Hickey)
24th Jan 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image c80 at South Cuidrach, Earlish (N&T Hodgetts)
24th Jan 2013 Common Scoter 8 in Loch Snizort off South Cuidrach (N&T Hodgetts)
23rd Jan 2013 Raptors on Skye Bob is giving a talk next week to Sleat Community Trust Environment Group - see news and events page for details.
21st Jan 2013 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image coming to feeders at Broadford (J.Donaldson) - with the present cold snap reports of variety of species coming to feeders including Reed Buntings, Goldfinch and Long-tailed Tits.
21st Jan 2013 Hen Harrier View Image male flew from mainland across kyle to Kylerhea (PJones)
21st Jan 2013 White-tailed Eagle View Image one sharing a road kill sheep carcass with a Golden Eagle on the Struan-Portree 'hill' road at Totarder (MH)
19th Jan 2013 Chaffinch View Image flock of 200+ at Duirinish (RMcM)
19th Jan 2013 Turnstone c30 in Lorgill Bay (K.Lindsley)
17th Jan 2013 Whooper Swan View Image adult with two juveniles at Faoilean (see Gallery); also at Loch Suardal count of 10 consisting of pair with 3 juveniles, pair with single juvenile, and pair on their own.(RMcM)
16th Jan 2013 Eider total of c130 in several flocks on west side of Skye Bridge (RMcM)
15th Jan 2013 Twite View Image wintering flock of 30+ at Kilvaxter (RMcM,TB)
15th Jan 2013 Fieldfare/Redwing several small mixed flocks of c30 on Trotternish at Kilvaxter, Peigown and Marishader (RMcM, TB)
14th Jan 2013 Magpie still at Uig (MLumb)
14th Jan 2013 Greenland White-fronted Goose still just 12 on Ardnish which flew to Pabay (A&EH)
14th Jan 2013 Grey Plover View Image 3 on Ardnish + 12 Bar-tailed Godwit (A&EH)
14th Jan 2013 Blackcap View Image male at Scorrybreck, Portree (TB)
13th Jan 2013 Blackcap View Image male on feeders at Kensaleyre (T.Smit)
13th Jan 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Uig Bay (I.Turnbull)
12th Jan 2013 Hooded Crow our 'tame hoodie' last reported at Struan on 30th October may have moved to Broadford. Fiona Simpson has reported an extremely tame bird at Sculamus which suggests our friend has been on the move again.
11th Jan 2013 Grey Plover View Image single on Ardnish (A&EH)
11th Jan 2013 Common Scoter 5 in Loch Harport + 11 Goosander (RMcM)
11th Jan 2013 Greenland White-fronted Goose still 24 at Kilmuir + flock of 88 Greylags at Totscore (RMcM)
11th Jan 2013 Hen Harrier View Image 2/3 ringtails & a male at Trotternish roost site (RMcM) - also reports of ringtails at Totarder, Portree on the 9th (PE), Ullinish on the 10th (PS) and Old Corry (RC)
10th Jan 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image 9 in Loch Slapin below Keppoch (RMcM)
8th Jan 2013 Whooper Swan View Image c20 at Loch Shiel (RMcM)
8th Jan 2013 Barn Owl View Image single by roadside at Strathcarron(RMcM)
8th Jan 2013 Goosander View Image 10 at Struan, three males and seven redheads (M.Herbert)
8th Jan 2013 Pink-footed Goose View Image two with c50 Greylags at Kirkton Bay (BN)
8th Jan 2013 Cormorant c40 at Kirkton Bay (BN)
8th Jan 2013 Wigeon excellent count of 110, + 70 Teal and 50 Mallard at Kirkton Bay (BN)
7th Jan 2013 Greenland White-fronted Goose 12 on Ardnish (A&EH) - the 'Broadford' flock unfortunately continues to decline.
6th Jan 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image 6 in Loch Eishort off Boreraig (T.Hall)
6th Jan 2013 Turnstone always scarce in Lochalsh, there were three in Ardelve (BN) - also 20 at Balmeanach Bay on the 7th (WM)
5th Jan 2013 Hen Harrier View Image male at Earlish (NHodgetts) yesterday and a male at Waternish to-day (L.Orr)
4th Jan 2013 Puffin single off Waternish Point from the ferry - also a Gannet (S.Duffield)
4th Jan 2013 White-tailed Eagle View Image several reports with birds, immatures and adults reported from Kinloch, Waternish, Kilmarie Bay and Elgol (RC et al)- also Ardelve on 6th
3rd Jan 2013 Merlin View Image report of a single in Strath Suardal (RC)
3rd Jan 2013 Grey Plover View Image long staying single still at Staffin Bay (MP)
1st Jan 2013 Golden Eagle View Image pair at Bealach a Ghlinne, west of Broadford on the Elgol Road + a Peregrine Falcon (A.Hickey)
1st Jan 2013 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 29 in Loch Portree is possibly a record count at this site (RMcM)

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