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
28th Feb 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 5 on the Black Lochs, Broadford (F.Simpson)
28th Feb 2013 Lapwing Spring birds returning with 10 at Staffin (TB)
27th Feb 2013 Red-throated Diver View Image 4 in Loch Harport + 22 Eider (K.Sadler)
26th Feb 2013 Wigeon 32 at Ashaig + 12 Bar-tailed Godwit (AH)
26th Feb 2013 Lapwing 12 at Eabost (PE)
25th Feb 2013 Bullfinch further reports with pair on blossom at Ardvarsar on the 23rd (A.Sevestre) & pair in Broadford to-day (S.Terry)
25th Feb 2013 Goldeneye 6 on Loch Mor, Waterstein (AS)
25th Feb 2013 Shag Birds back on nesting ledges at Neist Point gathering nesting material (AS) - fewer Fulmar noted.
25th Feb 2013 Peregrine View Image singles at Rubha Hunish (THall) on the 24th and at Ullinish to-day (PE)
23rd Feb 2013 Common Scoter female near the head of Loch Ainort (Lee Evans)
23rd Feb 2013 White-tailed Eagle View Image At least 4 different juveniles seen in Uig Bay area (Lee Evans)
22nd Feb 2013 Twite View Image pair at Meanish Pier - early returning birds (AS)
22nd Feb 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 6 at Strathaird Dam and 3 at Loch Cill-chroisd (J.Bowie)
22nd Feb 2013 Lapwing 6 at Loch Cill-chroisd (J.Bowie)
22nd Feb 2013 Redwing View Image c12 at Calligarry, Sleat (Janis)
21st Feb 2013 Magpie Still at Uig (SD)
21st Feb 2013 Bullfinch Pair at Lower Milovaig is unusual (AS)
21st Feb 2013 Hooded Crow After our tame hoodie achieved publicity in the WHFP I thought it best to leave it in peace - either it or another bird gas turned up at Uigshader where it was playing with a remote control (JK) - it is clearly a male!
19th Feb 2013 Slavonian Grebe excellent count of 8 at An Dhub Aird, Duirinish (BN)
19th Feb 2013 Pied Wagtail View Image Single at Auchtertyre School, Lochalsh (BN)
19th Feb 2013 Fieldfare View Image c30 at Talisker Bay (J.Bowie)
18th Feb 2013 Skylark View Image Early returning birds with 2 pairs at Lephin and a single at Milovaig (AS)
18th Feb 2013 Turnstone 30 at Peinachorran + 2 Lapwing in Balmeanach Bay (WM)
17th Feb 2013 Greenshank single at Irishman's Point, Broadford (B.MacDonald)
17th Feb 2013 Lapwing 10 in the fields at Staffin (I.Barlow)
16th Feb 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image 120+ at Duntulm (TB)
15th Feb 2013 Ptarmigan View Image Pair on Blaven (A.Christie)(see Gallery)
15th Feb 2013 Hen Harrier View Image Male on the Rhue peninsula, Arisaig (SMcD) + 14 Shelduck
14th Feb 2013 Eider Count of 120 in separate flocks at Kyle (JK)
12th Feb 2013 Pink-footed Goose View Image 4 with 36 Greylags at Kirkton Bay, Lochalsh (BN)
12th Feb 2013 Twite View Image flock of 15 on the shore at Kirkton Bay (BN)
12th Feb 2013 Jack Snipe View Image a single flushed on the shore at Kirkton Bay (BN) + a Common Snipe
12th Feb 2013 Waxwing View Image single still at Carr Brae, Dornie (Roger Knight)
12th Feb 2013 Little Grebe View Image 5 at Loch Portree and 2 at Uig Pier (C.Alston)
11th Feb 2013 Reed Bunting View Image recent reports include 2 pairs at Lower Breakish, 3 at Duirinish, and a pair at Elgol (MK,LP,IT)
11th Feb 2013 Slavonian Grebe single in Loch Portree (TB)
11th Feb 2013 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 29 in Loch Portree + 49 Wigeon (TB)
11th Feb 2013 Red Grouse a pair in Glen Vicaskill (C.Alston)
11th Feb 2013 Mallard combined counts of 80 on Shiel & Croe Saltings, Lochalsh (BN)
10th Feb 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 5 on the coast at Drumbuie, Lochalsh (BN)
10th Feb 2013 Common Scoter single at the head of Loch Ainort (MB,MK,RMcM)
10th Feb 2013 Slavonian Grebe single at Pool Roag (MB,MK,RMcM)
10th Feb 2013 Teal View Image 28 at Loch Dunvegan (MB,MK,RMcM)
10th Feb 2013 Greenland White-fronted Goose wintering flock of 24 at Kilmuir(MB,MK,RMcM)
10th Feb 2013 Magpie still at Uig and a 'first' on Skye for MB & RMcM (see Gallery)
9th Feb 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image 6 in Loch Slapin off Glasnakille (RMcM)
9th Feb 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 7 in Loch Scavaig off Elgol (RMcM)
9th Feb 2013 Puffin two in the Sound of Raasay (PE)
9th Feb 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image 71 in fields between Kilmaluag & Duntulm (TB)
9th Feb 2013 Waxwing View Image single still at Carr Brae though moved to another garden (R.Knight)
8th Feb 2013 Waxwing View Image single still at Carr Brae, Lochalsh in the morning (BN)
8th Feb 2013 Pied Wagtail View Image single at Kyle is the first since the autumn (BN)
7th Feb 2013 Moorhen 3 at Loch Suardal (RMcM)
7th Feb 2013 Waxwing View Image another single bird, this time on cotoneaster at Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BN)
7th Feb 2013 Hybrid White-fronted Goose bird showing distinctive white facial mask with Greylags at Duirinish is probably a hybrid (I.Turnbull)
7th Feb 2013 Carrion Crow View Image single at Plockton Dubh Aird and a hybrid Hooded/Carrion (I.Turnbull)
6th Feb 2013 Waxwing View Image single at 0830 on the railings by the church at Plockton (J.Storie) - a late straggler
6th Feb 2013 Woodcock further report with two at Ullinish (PE)
5th Feb 2013 Little Auk one stormbound on the shore at Achnacloich & later released (Babs Sweet)
4th Feb 2013 Goosander View Image 4 (two pairs) in the sound of Sleat off Sabhal Mor Ostaig (Brian MacDonald)
2nd Feb 2013 Short-eared Owl View Image report of a single at Linicro (J.White)
2nd Feb 2013 Shelduck numbers building to 12 at Rhu, Arisaig (SMacD)
2nd Feb 2013 Jay up to 4 seen at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (per SMacD)
2nd Feb 2013 American Black Duck though slightly out of our local patch, long staying drake still at Strontian (see Gallery) (RMcM)
2nd Feb 2013 Scaup again slightly out of our local patch,nice female in Loch Shiel opposite Acharacle + single Mute Swan and drake Tufted Duck (RMcM)
2nd Feb 2013 Hen Harrier View Image male at Linicro (J.White) and female at Waternish Point (P.Phillips)
2nd Feb 2013 Fieldfare View Image c40 at Waternish Point (P.Phillips)
2nd Feb 2013 Woodcock three flushed near Lovaig Bay, Claigan (K.Lindsley)and a terrific count of 22 flushed from the side of the Kylerhea road at dusk (J.Grant)

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