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 Jul 2013 Rose-coloured Starling adult seen twice today in Broadford (Brian MacDonald) - probably the same bird seen recently at Camuscross
30th Jul 2013 Oystercatcher good count of 240 in Broadford Bay + 32 Ringed Plover (MB)
30th Jul 2013 Cuckoo young bird calling for food at Glen More(L.French)
29th Jul 2013 Cuckoo the local birds ringed as part of the BTO project are already across the channel in Europe - meanwhile there was a recently fledged bird at Suisnish on the 25th and an adult near Tarskavaig to-day (S.Pritchard)
29th Jul 2013 Greenshank 3 at Waterloo + 2 Whimbrel (D.Blakesley)
28th Jul 2013 Eider count of c95 in eclipse at the head of Loch Ainort (I.Norris et al)
27th Jul 2013 Knot single at Lower Breakish + 2 at Ardnish yesterday (PP)
26th Jul 2013 Sabine's Gull adult 5 miles east of Staffin Island from Hebridean Whale Cruises out of Gairloch
25th Jul 2013 Knot 9 in summer plumage Broadford Bay (MB)
25th Jul 2013 Kestrel successfully fledged 3 young at Amer, Struan (MH)
25th Jul 2013 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
23rd Jul 2013 Common Tern View Image probably breeding at Eilean na h-Eigeach where 8 birds counted (AS)
23rd Jul 2013 Common Crossbill View Image pair in garden Glen Bernisdale (M.Plowman)
23rd Jul 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 3 at sea north east of Rum (RMcM, PS et al)
23rd Jul 2013 Whimbrel View Image three on Heisker (west of Canna) (RMcM,PS et al)
22nd Jul 2013 Little Grebe View Image pair with two young at Loch Mealt (JP)
22nd Jul 2013 Red Kite View Image report of a possible young bird at Garalapin (MH)
21st Jul 2013 Moorhen recently fledged young confirming successful breeding at Loch CillChroisd (RMcM)
21st Jul 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image report of 7 over Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
21st Jul 2013 Lapwing 20+ at Feorlig (MH)
20th Jul 2013 Red-throated Diver View Image 6 in Fiskavaig Bay (ABenbow)
20th Jul 2013 Common Sandpiper View Image 8 at Lusa + 50 Oystercatcher (A&EH)
19th Jul 2013 Leach's Storm Petrel single reported from boat trip in Loch Portree from MV Brigadoon (A.Benbow)
19th Jul 2013 Dunlin View Image breeding bird found on Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, West Affric (RA) (See Gallery)
18th Jul 2013 Raven flock of 14 at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
18th Jul 2013 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image following earlier reports from Raasay, reports of one possibly two birds in the Inverarish area (SH)- also two Common Crossbill
17th Jul 2013 Sanderling View Image 3 in Broadford Bay + 3 Greenshank (MB)
17th Jul 2013 Dunlin View Image c50 in Breakish Obbe (PP), 82 in Broadford Bay (MB), and 55 in Staffin Bay (MP)
17th Jul 2013 Redshank c50 in Staffin Bay (MP) & 25 in Broadford Bay (MB)
17th Jul 2013 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 15 brought in by the low cloud and mist to Staffin Bay (MP)
16th Jul 2013 Rose-coloured Starling superb adult bird present at Camaschroisd, Sleat since yesterday (RC)
13th Jul 2013 Common Crossbill View Image c15 at Ratagan, Glenelg (BN)
12th Jul 2013 Red-throated Diver View Image reports of two pairs on Skye & Raasay with single small chicks suggesting birds were late in breeding (SB) - on Iceland where Bob is on holiday and the species is very common, there are many non-breeding pairs.
11th Jul 2013 Whimbrel View Image c30 in Broadford Bay (MB)
11th Jul 2013 Corncrake View Image Late calling bird at Harrapool (MB)
9th Jul 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image Single in Loch Sligachan at Sconser (AMcL)
9th Jul 2013 Lapwing 30+ on the shore at Loch Caroy (MS)
9th Jul 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image single at Neist Point + raft of 1000 Manx Shearwater (SH)
9th Jul 2013 Ring Ouzel View Image breeding male seen on Five Sisters of Kintail (RA) (See Gallery)
8th Jul 2013 Arctic Skua View Image 3 at Neist Point (AMcL)
7th Jul 2013 Common Scoter flock of 13 flying west at Rubha Hunish (SH, RMcM)
7th Jul 2013 Spotted Flycatcher View Image pair with young in garden at Waterloo, Broadford (M.Brown)
6th Jul 2013 Green Woodpecker report of a bird at Kyleakin (DMHickey) - this would be a first for Skye of a species which has previously been recorded in Lochalsh and Wester Ross.
5th Jul 2013 Little Egret View Image single reported on the shore near Sheildaig Lodge, Badachro, Wester Ross (Craig Wilson)
5th Jul 2013 Whimbrel View Image two returning migrants in Broadford Bay (MB)
5th Jul 2013 Spotted Flycatcher View Image single at Scullamus(MB), and also recent report from Armadale Gardens (TH) and Isleornsay (RC-see gallery)
5th Jul 2013 Greenshank four at the head of Loch Ainort included two recently fledged + two at Loch Bracadale (SH)
5th Jul 2013 Common Sandpiper View Image 6 at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (SH)
5th Jul 2013 Common Crossbill View Image 3 over at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (SH)
3rd Jul 2013 Common Crossbill View Image c10 at Tormore Forest, Sleat (J.McDermott)
3rd Jul 2013 Lapwing though two fledged young at Strath Suardal (SH) several other pairs have failed here and at Elgol.
3rd Jul 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image two in Tarskavaig Bay (AMcL)
3rd Jul 2013 Long-eared Owl View Image single reported from Choisleadar Forest, Edinbane (DU)
3rd Jul 2013 Barn Owl View Image single reported from Storr Forest(DU)
2nd Jul 2013 Cuckoo one of our satellite tagged birds 'Livingstone', from Balmacara, moved south a week ago, was in Hampshire on 26th June and is now in central France (per BTO)
2nd Jul 2013 Black-tailed Godwit View Image another single, this time in Broadford Bay with 10 Redshank (MB)
2nd Jul 2013 Common Scoter still 18 in Broadford Bay (MB)
1st Jul 2013 Curlew 42 at Glas Eilean, Broadford (A&EH)
1st Jul 2013 Black-tailed Godwit View Image summer plumage bird at Traigh (SMacD)

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