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
30th Sep 2013 Twite View Image c40 at Ardmore, Waternish (SP)
30th Sep 2013 Pink-footed Goose View Image 60+ probables heading s/east over Kyleakin (A&EH)
30th Sep 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image two in Broadford Bay + three Red-throats(RMcM)
30th Sep 2013 Slavonian Grebe two in Broadford Bay (RMcM) & two between Kyle & Kyleakin (A&EH)
30th Sep 2013 Glaucous Gull View Image report from Balmacqueen (TB)
30th Sep 2013 Wheatear View Image a straggler of the leucorhoa race at Skeabost (JK)
29th Sep 2013 Fieldfare View Image single at Duirinish Station-1st report of the autumn (J.Storie)
29th Sep 2013 Goldfinch huge flock of 150 at Harlosh (AMcL)
28th Sep 2013 Scaup good count of 28 in Broadford Bay (MB)
28th Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image two skeins of 38 & 60+ through Broadford Bay (MB)
28th Sep 2013 Sanderling View Image single in Broadford Bay + 56 Ringed Plover & 45 Dunlin (MB)
28th Sep 2013 Wigeon 12 at Vatten, Loch Roag (RMcM)
28th Sep 2013 Lapwing 18 at Vatten, Loch Roag & 19 at Feorlig; 5 at Loch Mor, Waterstein (RMcM)
27th Sep 2013 Ring Ouzel View Image single bird at Portnalong for two days (S.Littlechild)
26th Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image c9 at Lower Breakish (R.Davison)
26th Sep 2013 Slavonian Grebe 2 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
26th Sep 2013 Wheatear View Image late female at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
26th Sep 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image 16 in Loch Slapin at Camusunary (T.Alen)
25th Sep 2013 Grey Plover View Image two at Breakish Obbe (PP)
24th Sep 2013 Pink-footed Goose View Image widespread reports of skeins moving south-east afternoon & early evening - over north Skye, Portree & Kyleakin (TB, A&EH, RMcM, HS)
24th Sep 2013 Sooty Shearwater View Image two at sea several miles north-east of Skye + a Storm Petrel, from Hebridean Whale Cruises (per RMcM)
24th Sep 2013 Merlin View Image single at Co-op Car park, Portree (TB) & juvenile perched briefly on Bob's car at Elgol yesterday (RMcM)
24th Sep 2013 Goldfinch another charm of 30+ at Lower Breakish (PP)
24th Sep 2013 Golden Eagle View Image 5 over Amer, Struan + 3 White-tails (MH)
24th Sep 2013 Snow Bunting View Image single male near the memorial cairn at Waternish (T.Alen)
23rd Sep 2013 Goldfinch 35 at Lower Milovaig yesterday (AS) and 33 at Carr Brae viepoint, Lochalsh today (BN)
22nd Sep 2013 Willow Warbler View Image straggler at Lower Milovaig (AS)
22nd Sep 2013 Stonechat View Image influx in Glendale area with 6 at Lower Milovaig, 3 at Galtrigill & a single at Hamara (AS)
22nd Sep 2013 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
22nd Sep 2013 Curlew Sandpiper View Image still single in Broadford Bay + 3 Knot and a single Black-tailed Godwit (MB,RMcM)
22nd Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image 6 in Broadford Bay early evening (MB)
21st Sep 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image 9 adults moulting into winter plumage at Kilmarie Bay, Loch Slapin (RMcM)
21st Sep 2013 Curlew Sandpiper View Image juvenile at Broadford Bay early evening (MB)
20th Sep 2013 Mistle Thrush View Image flock of c30 at Kilbryde, Torrin (JJ)
19th Sep 2013 Northern Wheatear View Image two leucorhoa at Neist Point + a White Wagtail & a Merlin (AS)
19th Sep 2013 Magpie the Uig bird seems to have moved north to the Museum of Highland Life at Hungladder (MP)
19th Sep 2013 Grey Phalarope View Image single at sea 1.5 miles NW of Luinga, Arisaig, from MV Sheerwater (R.Dyer)
18th Sep 2013 Arctic Skua View Image at least two dark morph in Narrows of Raasay + three Great Skua (RMcM)
18th Sep 2013 American Golden Plover adult still at Traigh, Morar
18th Sep 2013 Spotted Flycatcher View Image a late bird at Merkadale, Loch Harport (A.McL)
18th Sep 2013 Pomarine Skua View Image two from MV Brigadoon in the Sound of Raasay (PE)
17th Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image c22 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
17th Sep 2013 Pink-footed Goose View Image several skeins over Borve heading south-east early evening - 63, 85 and another smaller (JK);also 300+ in several skeins heading south-east over Morar (SMacD); and 150+ over Kyleakin (A&EH)
17th Sep 2013 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single at Ardmore Bay, Waternish (MP)
17th Sep 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 1st report of autumn with two over Loch Pooltiel (AS)
16th Sep 2013 American Golden Plover still showing at Traigh,Morar (SMacD)(see Gallery)
16th Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image three groups totalling c40 birds in Broadford Bay in morning and 90 flying south-west mid afternoon(RMcM)
16th Sep 2013 Sabine's Gull adult in Broadford Bay with Kittiwakes at midday (MB)and adult with at least three juveniles mid afternoon (RMcM)
16th Sep 2013 Arctic Skua View Image 5 in Broadford Bay + 4 Great Skua (MB,RMcM)
15th Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image 16 pale bellied at Lower Milovaig in the morning(AS); early evening skein of 160+ & three smaller skeins of 30/40 passing through Broadford to the south-west. (MB)
15th Sep 2013 American Golden Plover single adult reported at Traigh, Morar
15th Sep 2013 Arctic Skua View Image two south through the Narrows of Raasay (WM)
14th Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image two pale bellied at Ardnish (A&EH)
13th Sep 2013 Upcoming Talk Brian Neath is speaking on 25 years of bird recording in Lochalsh at the S.W. Ross Field Club a week to-night (20th)(see Blog/Events)
13th Sep 2013 Little Stint View Image juvenile again in Broadford Bay (MB) + 3 juvenile Sanderling
13th Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image two groups in Broadford Bay, of 60+ & 18 (MB) & terrific count of 150+ at Peinachorrain (WM)
13th Sep 2013 Golden Plover 9 at Peinachorrain at high tide + 14 Redshank & 6 Turnstone (WM)
12th Sep 2013 Greylag Goose View Image c60 at River Snizort meanders (JK)
12th Sep 2013 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two flew south-west over Broadford (RMcM)
12th Sep 2013 Arctic Skua View Image at least two birds in Loch Portree (PE,SH)
12th Sep 2013 White-tailed Eagle View Image Many thanks to the local RSPB Office and Sarah Harris for the summary of the 2013 breeding season which is now on the blog. Sarah has been a regular contributor to this site and we wish her well on her return to the deep south.
11th Sep 2013 Little Stint View Image juvenile in Broadford Bay with juv Sanderling & new influx of 70 Dunlin (MB)
10th Sep 2013 Leach's Petrel two on pelagic out of Gairloch on 'burma bank' + ten Storm Petrels
10th Sep 2013 Long-tailed Tit View Image c20 through garden in Portree (TB)
10th Sep 2013 Sooty Shearwater View Image single on pelagic out of Gairloch
10th Sep 2013 Common Scoter 5 in Broadford Bay (MB)
10th Sep 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image single at Loch Vatten, Harlosh (AMcL)
10th Sep 2013 Hen Harrier View Image reports of adult males at Loch Vatten, Harlosh (AMcL) and Uigshader (JK) - and a ringtail at Ashaig (C.Palmer)
9th Sep 2013 Ring Ouzel View Image single today at Loch Dubhar-sgoth, Trotternish (SB)
8th Sep 2013 Grey Wagtail View Image still scarce - regular at Waterloo, a recent single at Kilmarie, and a pair at Gedintailor today (WM)
8th Sep 2013 Slavonian Grebe 1st bird of the autumn with a single on Loch Ainort (AMcL)
7th Sep 2013 Magpie report from Uig where the resident Magpie has obviously remained throughout the summer (I.Stewart)
7th Sep 2013 Ruff juvenile in Broadford Bay + 4 juvenile Black-tailed Godwit (RMcM, SH)
7th Sep 2013 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 34 in eclipse at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
7th Sep 2013 White Wagtail View Image 6 at Sconser Golf Course & 12 at Armadale Castle (RMcM)
7th Sep 2013 Sanderling View Image still 3 juveniles at Broadford Bay (SH)
6th Sep 2013 Manx Shearwater View Image a few young birds grounded in Broadford in darkness (RC) - these are youngsters disorientated by the lights - advice is to keep them in a box overnight and to release them in the morning
6th Sep 2013 Greylag Goose View Image 40 at Tote (C.Alston)
5th Sep 2013 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still 9 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
5th Sep 2013 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image excellent count of 28 at Ashaig (A&EH) & two on Staffin Bay (MP)
5th Sep 2013 Twite View Image 50+ at Ashaig (A&EH)
5th Sep 2013 Common Scoter 6 in Broadford Bay, 5 Wigeon and a single pale bellied Brent (MB)
5th Sep 2013 Sanderling View Image three juveniles in Broadford Bay (MB)
5th Sep 2013 Sabine's Gull juvenile of Trodday Bank (ND.,DPullen)
4th Sep 2013 Little Stint View Image still a single at Broadford Bay + 4 Sanderling (RMcM)
4th Sep 2013 Shag 150+ in Loch Eishort off Ord (A.Lyle)
3rd Sep 2013 Black-tailed Godwit View Image currently 9 at Kyleakin Obbe and have remained in area since 25/8 reaching a max of 13 (A&EH)
3rd Sep 2013 Little Stint View Image still two in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
3rd Sep 2013 Whimbrel View Image 5 in Broadford Bay, + 3 Sanderling & 2 Knot (RMcM)
2nd Sep 2013 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 6 in Broadford Bay + 4 Knot(MB)
2nd Sep 2013 Little Stint View Image still two in Broadford Bay (MB)
2nd Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image still six in Broadford Bay & arrival of 4 Wigeon(MB)
2nd Sep 2013 Redshank 27+ in Lower Breakish (P.Phillips)
1st Sep 2013 Wheatear View Image male leucorhoa at Upper Milovaig (AS)
1st Sep 2013 Little Stint View Image now two juveniles in Broadford Bay (MB)(see Gallery)
1st Sep 2013 Whimbrel View Image 30 in Broadford Bay + single Black-tailed Godwit, Knot & Sanderling (MB)
1st Sep 2013 Arctic Skua View Image two dark morph in Broadford Bay + a single Great Skua (MB) & single Arctic and Great Skua through the Sound of Raasay (WM)
1st Sep 2013 Dunlin View Image 195+ Broadford Bay + 82 Ringed Plover Skua (MB)
1st Sep 2013 Brent Goose View Image another flock of 16 arrived in Broadford Bay (MB)

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