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 Nov 2013 Eider 100 at Kyleside (A&EH)
29th Nov 2013 Woodcock scattered numbers on the Hill Road at Totarder and at Amer (MH)
28th Nov 2013 Brent Goose View Image still single in Broadford Bay (MB)
28th Nov 2013 Manx Shearwater View Image an extremely late bird from the Lochmaddy-Uig ferry (half-way across) (AW, RR, RLS)
28th Nov 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 7 on the Raasay coast (C.Martin)
28th Nov 2013 Eider 69 in the Sound of Raasay (C.Martin)
28th Nov 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 13 at Loch Suardal (PS)
27th Nov 2013 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Mallaig Pier (SMacD)
27th Nov 2013 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Mallaig Pier looks like Kumlien's type(SMacD)
27th Nov 2013 Leach's Petrel two late birds from the Uig-Lochmaddy ferry in outer Loch Snizort (A.Williams)
27th Nov 2013 Merlin View Image female between Fernilea and Carbost (TB)
26th Nov 2013 Golden Eagle View Image a record of a pair at The Aird, Gedintailor, yesterday (WM) reminded me that there is currently an RSPB petition to declare the Golden Eagle as Scotland's national bird - to show support or find out more visit http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/petitions/goldeneagle
25th Nov 2013 Common Scoter two in the Scalpay Narrows (RMcM)
25th Nov 2013 Eider 72 opposite Sconser Quarry (RMcM)
25th Nov 2013 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image numbers of this wader have steadily increased at Loch Portree in the last ten years but 34 is possibly a record count(RMcM)
25th Nov 2013 Goldeneye 9, mostly males at Loch Fada(RMcM)
25th Nov 2013 Long-tailed Duck View Image two females between Staffin Slip and the island(RMcM)
25th Nov 2013 Greenland White-fronted Goose wintering flock of 20 at Kilmuir(RMcM)
25th Nov 2013 Brent Goose View Image report of a single in Broadford Bay (C.Martin)
24th Nov 2013 Snow Bunting View Image single female still at Elgol (RMcM)
24th Nov 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 8 in Loch Eishort (E.Armstrong); 5 in Loch Scavaig and 14 in Loch Slapin (RMcM)
24th Nov 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image two in Loch Slapin(RMcM)
23rd Nov 2013 Slavonian Grebe single bird on Loch Sligachan at Peinachorrain (WM)
23rd Nov 2013 Long-tailed Duck View Image female on Loch Ainort (AMcL)
22nd Nov 2013 Snow Bunting View Image single female in Elgol (RMcM)(see Gallery)
22nd Nov 2013 Eider count of c100 near the Skye Bridge (A&EH)
22nd Nov 2013 Long-eared Owl View Image three in the forestry plantation on Eigg (JC)
22nd Nov 2013 Dipper singles at Giants Footstep Lochan on Eigg (JC)and on the River Snizort (JK). Recent reports of two at Ashaig (A&EH) and a single in Strath Glebe (RMcM)
22nd Nov 2013 Hen Harrier View Image 4 at a roost site on Eigg (JC) - also 4 in a recent count at the Skye roost (RMcM)
22nd Nov 2013 Woodcock two birds flushed in Glen Brittle forest (K.Sadler)
22nd Nov 2013 Barn Owl View Image single seen in Breakish (JP)
21st Nov 2013 Great Tit View Image interesting report of two Great Tits possibly searching for ticks on a Red Deer stag near Ratagan on the 17th (RC)(see Gallery)
21st Nov 2013 Goldeneye excellent count of 39 in Kishorn Bay (BN)
21st Nov 2013 Little Grebe View Image two in Kishorn Bay, three in Loch Carron (BN) and two in Breakish Obbe (PP)
21st Nov 2013 Pink-footed Goose View Image single at Ashaig, Broadford + 16 Bar-tailed Godwit (A&EH)
21st Nov 2013 Great Crested Grebe View Image single in Loch Scresort, Rum, is a rare record for the area (SM)
21st Nov 2013 Snow Bunting View Image good flock of 30 reported from Dun Caan, Raasay (J.Gillies)
20th Nov 2013 Woodcock three from the roadside at Sallachy in late evening (PS) - reports still sparse this autumn
19th Nov 2013 Long-tailed Tit View Image flocks of 12 at Kyleakin (A&EH) and 18 at Glasnakille (J.MacKinnon)
18th Nov 2013 Dipper another report of a single on the River Elchaig at Killilan, Lochalsh (PS) - coincidentally yours truly was in the snowy Pyrenees at the week-end and had several sightings of Dippers and Grey Wagtails on mountain streams.
17th Nov 2013 Whooper Swan View Image two adults & a juvenile at Breakish Obbe (PP) and probably the same birds at Kyleakin (A&EH)
17th Nov 2013 Dipper recent report from Plockton on 14th (JS) and single today at 400metres on Kylerhea road (PP)
17th Nov 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 6 in Balmeanach Bay (WM)
16th Nov 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image 19 at Staffin (TB)
16th Nov 2013 Woodcock two flushed at Portnalong (ST)
15th Nov 2013 Bird watching in Lochalsh Brian Neath will give a talk on 25 years bird watching in Lochalsh at Tigh na Sgire, 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th November
15th Nov 2013 Blackcap View Image female at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
14th Nov 2013 Grey Plover View Image single in Breakish Obbe (PP)
14th Nov 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image 18 at Staffin (AMcL)
14th Nov 2013 Woodcock fewer reports this autumn with single on the Braes road (WM)
13th Nov 2013 Greenshank 6 in Breakish Obbe (PP)
11th Nov 2013 Dipper single bird at Broadford River & two at Ashaig (JP) & Grey Wagtail at Waterloo (ST); also report from mouth of River Romesdal on 10th (A.Randle)
11th Nov 2013 Eider c80 at Kyleakin (HS)
10th Nov 2013 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 21 in Loch Portree (TB)
10th Nov 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 6 in Loch Portree (TB)
9th Nov 2013 Kingfisher 1st record for a few years - single on Loch Snizort Beag (G. Ferguson)
9th Nov 2013 Whooper Swan View Image c30 south-west through Broadford Bay (A&EH)
8th Nov 2013 Waxwing View Image 12 through Lower Milovaig early morning (AS)
8th Nov 2013 Greylag Goose View Image c70 near Coral Beaches (PE)
8th Nov 2013 Goldeneye 4 in Loch Suardal area, Dunvegan (PE)
6th Nov 2013 Moorhen juvenile at Kinloch, Dunvegan (M.Cullen)
6th Nov 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 7 at Loch Suardal (B.Killington) & 5 on Loch Leathan (CH)
6th Nov 2013 Hen Harrier View Image recent reports of males at Ullinish (PS,PE) and at Cuidrach + a ringtail near Portree (TB)
5th Nov 2013 Lapwing flock of 20 at Rubha an Dunain, Loch Brittle (T.Swainbank)
4th Nov 2013 Yellowhammer still two coming to feeders at Kyleakin (A&EH)
4th Nov 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 13 over Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
4th Nov 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image single at Sasaig, Sleat (M.Pollock)
4th Nov 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image three at Tarscavaig, Sleat (M.Pollock)
4th Nov 2013 Slavonian Grebe single in Balmeanach Bay (WM)
3rd Nov 2013 Waxwing View Image 2/3 at Old Pier, Broadford (MB)
3rd Nov 2013 White-fronted Goose Single with Greylags at Loch Caroy (MS)%
2nd Nov 2013 Mourning Dove still on Rum this morning (SM)
2nd Nov 2013 Jack Snipe View Image single at Ullinish (P.Semler) and two on Eigg (JC)
2nd Nov 2013 Dipper recent reports include singles at Balmeanach Bay (WM), Ashaig (A&EH) & Kilmarie (RMcM)
1st Nov 2013 Mourning Dove still on Rum this morning (SM)
1st Nov 2013 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single at Camus a Mhor, Gedintailor (WM)
1st Nov 2013 Yellowhammer male in garden at Kyleakin (HS)

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