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 Jun 2013 White-tailed Eagle View Image amazing count of 11, mostly juveniles and sub-adults, on carrion near Glenmore (AMcL)
28th Jun 2013 Arctic Skua View Image 3 heading north in short seawatch at Neist Point (AH)
28th Jun 2013 Common Scoter two groups in Broadford Bay totalling 35 - 19 males in one group and 12 males and 4 females in another. Such summer counts are extremely unusual especially of males (MB)
28th Jun 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image single at Loch Pooltiel (AH)
27th Jun 2013 Long-tailed Tit View Image probable family group of 10 at Inverinate (D.MacIntosh)
27th Jun 2013 Common Scoter two pairs in Broadford Bay (MB)
27th Jun 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 3 in Loch Slapin and 2 in Broadford Bay (AH)
27th Jun 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image single adult in Broadford Bay (AH)
26th Jun 2013 Marsh Warbler still singing at site at Uig (RMcM)
26th Jun 2013 Osprey View Image single over Loch Snizort Beag (G.Ferguson)
26th Jun 2013 Manx Shearwater View Image 1000 off Neist Point (A.McLean)
25th Jun 2013 Chiffchaff newly arrived bird singing at Hallin, Waternish (AM)
24th Jun 2013 Common Crossbill View Image juvenile female reported from Tarskavaig in Sleat. This bird had been on peanut feeders which is extremely unusual. (P&V Piddock)
24th Jun 2013 Grey Wagtail View Image few reports recently but single at Armadale Castle today (TH); pair recently nest prospecting Kilmarie, Loch Slapin (RMcM), and pair with fledged young Portree (TB)
23rd Jun 2013 Barn Owl View Image single reported from Glen Varrigal (DU)
23rd Jun 2013 Tufted Duck View Image count of 17 on Loch Mealt (AH)
23rd Jun 2013 Greylag Goose View Image count of 30 including goslings at Staffin Island (AH)
23rd Jun 2013 Whimbrel View Image a possible pair noted Staffin Island with some display (AH)
21st Jun 2013 Manx Shearwater View Image 6-700 reported in Sound of Sleat off Ardvarsar (S.Wells)
21st Jun 2013 Black Kite bird reported from Bernisdale early evening moving north (AH,SH) - subject to acceptance, this would be the 2nd record for Skye and Lochalsh.
21st Jun 2013 Common Scoter 8+ in the Sound of Raasay (PE)
21st Jun 2013 Little Gull View Image adult coming in off the sea at Loch Eynort (G.Masters)
21st Jun 2013 Whinchat View Image 3 pairs at Bernisdale (AH) - pairs also found earlier at Harlosh and Balmore.
21st Jun 2013 Greenshank nest with 3 young at Bernisdale (AH)
20th Jun 2013 Common Crossbill View Image 14 at Greshornish Forest (AH)
19th Jun 2013 Bullfinch now a pair visiting feeders at Morar (SMacD) - would be interested of any other reports of Bullfinch visiting feeders in the area
19th Jun 2013 Common Crossbill View Image 5 at Aird of Sleat (AH)
19th Jun 2013 Tree Pipit View Image one singing Tormore Forest, Aird of Sleat (AH)
18th Jun 2013 Cuckoo Karma has moved to Deeside see - http://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking/karma
18th Jun 2013 Common Scoter 8 new birds (4 pairs) in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Jun 2013 Sandwich Tern View Image 3 in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Jun 2013 Long-eared Owl View Image one long dead at Cuidrach, Trotternish (AH)
18th Jun 2013 Lapwing 4 pairs with young at Cuidrach, and a pair with young at Kingsburgh, Trotternish (AH)
18th Jun 2013 Swift single at Uig (AH)
17th Jun 2013 Marsh Warbler singing bird located at Uig last night (per Birdguides) still present this afternoon (RMcM)
17th Jun 2013 Redstart male at Gleann Bheag, Glenelg - also Spotted Flycatcher (MP)
17th Jun 2013 Common Scoter unusual summer count of 21 in Broadford Bay (MB)
17th Jun 2013 Whimbrel View Image late straggler in Broadford Bay (MB)
17th Jun 2013 Osprey View Image single bird seen flying west near Roag (A.Harris)
17th Jun 2013 Pomarine Skua View Image single between Arisaig and Eigg - seen from MV Sheerwater (R.Dyer)
17th Jun 2013 Grasshopper Warbler pair feeding young at Greshornish (AH)
16th Jun 2013 Swift two drifting north at Lower Milovaig (AS)
16th Jun 2013 House Martin View Image newly arrived pair nest building at Upper Milovaig (AS)
16th Jun 2013 Orca pod of 4 seen off Neist Point (Keith & Sue Brown et al) - see http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/news_article.asp?news_id=342
16th Jun 2013 Black Guillemot View Image count of 60 at Neist Point (AH)
15th Jun 2013 Rosy Starling unconfirmed report of adult bird on feeders at Erbusaig (per BN)
14th Jun 2013 Goosander View Image 8 in Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
14th Jun 2013 Arctic Tern View Image 36 over Sula Skerry, Ullinish (A.McLean)
12th Jun 2013 Cuckoo see the Blog - and for details of the movements of the 4 satellite tagged birds from Skye and Lochalsh, 'Waller', 'Livingstone', 'Karma' and '128303', - visit http://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking
12th Jun 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image stragglers in Loch Bracadale off Ullinish (D.Bradshaw)and at Meanish Pier (A.McLean)
12th Jun 2013 Great Skua View Image a pair at the mouth of Loch Brittle (J.Lees) and two at Glasnakille (MK)
11th Jun 2013 Whooper Swan View Image single summering at Loch Suardal (P.Semler)
11th Jun 2013 Ring Ouzel View Image possibly up to 4 birds in the Quirang area (S.Allen)
11th Jun 2013 Whimbrel View Image still stragglers going through with two in Broadford Bay (MB)
11th Jun 2013 Bullfinch male feeding on niger seed on bird table at Morar (SMacD)
11th Jun 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image late single on Loch Slapin at Camas Malag (C.Scott)
11th Jun 2013 Common Crossbill View Image three at Isleornsay (D.Bradshaw)
10th Jun 2013 Puffin c120 counted at the colony on Eilean Creagach on the Ascribs (RMcM et al)(see Gallery)
10th Jun 2013 Greylag Goose View Image on Ascribs, count of moulting and breeding birds including several groups of goslings totalled c150 (RMcM et al)
9th Jun 2013 Common Scoter pair in Broadford Bay since yesterday (MB); and 7 in Staffin Bay (MP)
9th Jun 2013 Sanderling View Image single in summer plumage in Staffin Bay (MP)
9th Jun 2013 Great Skua View Image c10 counted in a relatively small area of the Sound of Raasay (PE from MV Brigadoon)
7th Jun 2013 Common Redpoll two pairs reported from Sconser (H.Insley)
7th Jun 2013 Common Whitethroat View Image a bird singing at a regular Elgol site is thought to be newly arrived indicating some migrants are still coming in (RMcM)
7th Jun 2013 White-tailed Eagle View Image a count of 9 juvenile and sub-adult birds bathing and preening on the shore of a freshwater loch in central Skye is extremely unusual
7th Jun 2013 Storm Petrel several between Arisaig and Eigg - seen from MV Sheerwater (R.Dyer)
6th Jun 2013 Sandwich Tern View Image 3 at Camus a Mhor, Braes (WM)
5th Jun 2013 Brent Goose View Image very late straggler at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
5th Jun 2013 Sanderling View Image 3 at Traigh, Morar & 13 Dunlin (SMacD)
5th Jun 2013 Whinchat View Image single on the Marble Line near Broadford (PK)
4th Jun 2013 Ring Ouzel View Image report of a single on Healabhal Mhor, Dunvegan (M.Forsyth)
3rd Jun 2013 Cuckoo please see the blog for some results in the BTO satellite tagging project which recently captured birds in Skye and Lochalsh - details should be available on the BTO website in 2/3 days.
3rd Jun 2013 Fieldfare View Image single reported from Kylerhea which is very late (SH)
2nd Jun 2013 Common Crossbill View Image group of 5/6 in Choisleadar Forest (RMcM)
2nd Jun 2013 Magpie still in the Uig area with a report from Glen Conan (D.Emerson)
1st Jun 2013 Lesser Whitethroat View Image single reported singing at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (AM)
1st Jun 2013 Whooper Swan View Image still a single at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (AM)
1st Jun 2013 Arctic Tern View Image 24 birds in colony north of Dunvegan Castle, smaller than last year (AM) - colony at Armadale also thought to be smaller than previous years (A&EH)
1st Jun 2013 Canada Goose View Image two at Ardnish (A&EH)

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