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 2013 Slavonian Grebe single in Churchton Bay, Raasay (SBungard)and three between Broadford New Pier and Camas na Sgianadin (SH)
31st Mar 2013 Greenshank 3 between Broadford New Pier and Camas na Sgianadin (SH)
31st Mar 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 between Broadford New Pier and Camas na Sgianadin and 10 Red-throated Divers(SH)
30th Mar 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 23 in Loch Slapin + 9 Black-throated Diver (RMcM
30th Mar 2013 Goosander View Image 3 in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
30th Mar 2013 Red-throated Diver View Image pair on Loch Leathan (SH)
29th Mar 2013 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image continuing the view of possible range expansion, two females have been on Eigg since January (JC)
29th Mar 2013 Common Scoter 6 at Singing Sands Bay, Eigg (JC)
29th Mar 2013 Yellowhammer female at feeders Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
29th Mar 2013 Grey Plover View Image single at Plockton is an unusual record (ITurnbull)
28th Mar 2013 Red-throated Diver View Image 8 in Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
28th Mar 2013 Fieldfare View Image c20 at Lyndale (RMcM)
28th Mar 2013 Golden Plover 8 at Boreraig, Strath (L.Shove)
28th Mar 2013 Brambling View Image 3 at Duirinish (ITurnbull)
27th Mar 2013 Slavonian Grebe 3 in the Scalpay Narrows, in full summer plumage (RMcM)
27th Mar 2013 Red-breasted Mergansers most now in pairs with 12 in Loch Ainort (RMcM)
27th Mar 2013 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image dead bird found in a garden near Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree - however still two active birds in the area - suggesting continued range expansion (per TB)
27th Mar 2013 Grey Wagtail View Image still a scarce species - single on River Leasgarry, Portree (TB)
27th Mar 2013 Barn Owl View Image single at Drynoch is the first report for some time (J.Thomas)
26th Mar 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 14 between Skye Bridge & Lusa, + 2 Black-throated Diver & 4 Slavonian Grebes (RMcM)
26th Mar 2013 Wheatear View Image report of a female near Dunvegan, our first of the year (C.Matheson)
26th Mar 2013 Fieldfare View Image 30+ at Tortarder (PE)
25th Mar 2013 Red-legged Partridge View Image report of a single bird around for several days at Badicaul (W.Kennedy)
25th Mar 2013 Skylark View Image flock of 30 at Orbost (PE)
25th Mar 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 6 at Lochlonghead rested all day then headed off at dusk, clearly moving north (PS)
25th Mar 2013 Purple Sandpiper View Image 10 at Ardnish + 40 Dunlin & 11 Teal (A&EH)
25th Mar 2013 Linnet first arrival back of a single at Lower Milovaig (AS)
25th Mar 2013 Golden Plover 24 on Croe Saltings, Lochalsh + a Greenshank (BN)
24th Mar 2013 Heron 24 at The Obbe, Kyleakin would suggest 12 pairs at least in the local heronry (RMcM)
24th Mar 2013 Greylag Goose View Image 45 at Loch Brittle (PE)
24th Mar 2013 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image on feeders at Broadford + pair od Lesser Redpolls (J.Donaldson)
24th Mar 2013 Goosander View Image pair on Loch Cillchroisd (L.Shove) & 3 at Kilmarie River (RMcM)
23rd Mar 2013 Wigeon 40 at Lusa (EH)
23rd Mar 2013 Redwing View Image 6 at Ashaig (EH)
23rd Mar 2013 Gannet singles at Camas Mor, Kilmuir (A.McLean) and the Narrows of Rassay (P.Dark)- also off Kilt Rock and two off Talisker Bay on the 24th (M.Donaldson, T.Hall)
23rd Mar 2013 Hen Harrier View Image male reported from Portnalong (C.MacKinnon) - several reports recently as birds are moving back into breeding areas.
22nd Mar 2013 Lapwing 10 at Skeabost (JK)
21st Mar 2013 Common Sandpiper View Image single found on the Obbe, Kyleakin (EH) - too early for a migrant so could this be the same bird which wintered last year?
21st Mar 2013 Golden Plover 6 at Tortarder (PE)
20th Mar 2013 Long-tailed Tit View Image 6 at Inverarish, Raasay (SBungard)
20th Mar 2013 Skylark View Image 10 at Drumbuie, Lochalsh + 10 Fieldfare (BN)
20th Mar 2013 Turnstone 22 at Camas Malag, Kilbryde + 13 Red-breasted Merganser (S.Harris)
20th Mar 2013 Moorhen pair at Loch Suardal + 8 Whooper Swans (P.Semler)
19th Mar 2013 Long-tailed Tit View Image 6 at Achnahinich, Lochalsh (J.Storie)
19th Mar 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image c30 on Staffin Island (CHawley)
18th Mar 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Loch Slapin (R.Hill)
17th Mar 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image at least 180 on Isay + 20 on Eilean Beag, but probably many birds out of view (RMcM)
17th Mar 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 13 at Loch Suardal + a Moorhen (M.Cullen, RMcM)
17th Mar 2013 Grey Wagtail View Image single at Harrapool (B.MacDonald)
16th Mar 2013 Bullfinch 2 pairs in garden at Portnalong (J.Thomas)
16th Mar 2013 Pine Marten report from Tom Hodgetts of the mammal at his window at Borve. According to RC this is as far north as they have been recorded on the island, the previous best being Carbost in 2011.
16th Mar 2013 Dunlin View Image 33 at Harrapool (MB)
16th Mar 2013 Skylark View Image returning birds with 2 pairs in the Harrapool area (MB) - birds back in territories and singing elsewhere (KC,RMcM)
15th Mar 2013 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image two at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
15th Mar 2013 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image a report from Dun Borodale broch on Raasay (S.Bungard) - this is the first record from Raasay for several years.
15th Mar 2013 Whooper Swan View Image c12 flying north at Tote (CHawley)
14th Mar 2013 Greenshank 3 in Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford + a Slavonian Grebe (S.Harris)
14th Mar 2013 Water Rail single frequenting gardens in Eynort for last 10 days (L&M Bird)
14th Mar 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of c80 scoped on Trodday and 47 on Staffin Island (RMcM) This is a Barnacle Goose census weekend so all records from any of the Skye flocks welcome.
14th Mar 2013 Whooper Swan View Image birds on the move with 24 at Loch Suardal (DF Macdonald)
13th Mar 2013 Greenland White-fronted Goose 27 at Chailluim Chille, Kilmuir (RMcM)
13th Mar 2013 Teal View Image count of 50 on pool at Chailluim Chille, Kilmuir (RMcM) - obviously migrants as they were not there the following day.
13th Mar 2013 Lapwing numbers at Loch Cillchroisd have now built up to 32 (LP)
13th Mar 2013 Goosander View Image pair flew up the Lealt River (C.Hawley)
12th Mar 2013 Skylark View Image 4 at Elgol (RMcM)
11th Mar 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 14 at Loch Suardal (P.Semler) suggests birds are moving north.
11th Mar 2013 Slavonian Grebe single at Peinachorran (WM)
11th Mar 2013 Golden Plover possibly returning breeding birds with 10 near Balmeanach Bay (WM)and 3 at Camas Malag, Strathaird (JJ)
11th Mar 2013 Lapwing 7 at Borve flying east (TH)
11th Mar 2013 Goldeneye 8 at Ardnish (ST) and 3 at Peinachorran (WM)
10th Mar 2013 Shelduck 8 at Waterloo (L.Shove)
10th Mar 2013 Lapwing 16 at Suardal, Strath (RMcM)
10th Mar 2013 Merlin View Image a first winter female, unfortunately found dead near Ullinish (P.Semler)
10th Mar 2013 Ptarmigan View Image pair on Sgurr Mhic Bharaich, Kintail (R.Anderson)(see Gallery)
10th Mar 2013 Bullfinch pair at 2000' on Sgurr Mhic Bharaich, Kintail (R.Anderson)
8th Mar 2013 Hen Harrier View Image male at Roskill (PE)
8th Mar 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image four in Loch Slapin near Faoilean (RMcM)
8th Mar 2013 Pied Wagtail View Image good numbers returning with 5 in Broadford (MB)
8th Mar 2013 Brambling View Image male coming to feeders in Glen Brittle (KC)
6th Mar 2013 Blackcap View Image Male singing in Portree garden (TB)
6th Mar 2013 Sanderling View Image Two on the beach at Glen Brittle + 15 Ringed Plover & 50 Greylag in area (MH)
4th Mar 2013 Goosander View Image male & two females on the River Snizort (PE) with 2 pairs at Struan Causeway on 6th (MH)
3rd Mar 2013 Goldeneye 8 (4pairs) on Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton (H&M Scott)
3rd Mar 2013 Snow Bunting View Image Flock of 30 on Baca Ruadh on the Storr (S.Stephenson)
2nd Mar 2013 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image two back on Broadford River (MB)
1st Mar 2013 Common Crossbill View Image pair at Killilan, Lochalsh (RA)(see Gallery)

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