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 Jan 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image 60 at north Duntuilm & 7 at Staffin (TB)
31st Jan 2014 Hen Harrier View Image another report of a male at Portnalong (W.Brown)
30th Jan 2014 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 18 at Ashaig + 25 Turnstone (A&EH)
30th Jan 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image single at Uig (M.Lumb)
29th Jan 2014 Hen Harrier View Image males reported from Kilvaxter (M.Lumb) and Ullinish (PE)
29th Jan 2014 Long-tailed Tit View Image 8 on feeders at Broadford (J.Donalson)
28th Jan 2014 Shelduck 5 at Pool Roag & 17 Teal (RMcM)
28th Jan 2014 Twite View Image c6 at Ardmore Bay, Waternish (RMcM)
28th Jan 2014 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image two at Ardmore Bay, Waternish (RMcM)
28th Jan 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image 26 flew over Harrapool north towards Pabay (A&EH)
27th Jan 2014 Hen Harrier View Image report from Toravaig, Sleat (Brian MacDonald) + ringtail near Kilmarie on 26th (RMcM)
27th Jan 2014 Greylag Goose View Image 80 on Croe Saltings (BN)
25th Jan 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile bird at Loch Bracadale (PE)
25th Jan 2014 Jack Snipe View Image two reports, a single on Scullamus Common Grazings, Broadford (MB), and one landed on the road at Lower Milovaig (AS)
24th Jan 2014 Barn Owl View Image single on the Torrin road near the Kilbryde junction (T.MacRitchie)
23rd Jan 2014 Common Scoter 3 at the head of Loch Ainort + 4 Red-throated Diver (RMcM)
23rd Jan 2014 Kittiwake 350+ west of Skye Bridge (RMcM)
23rd Jan 2014 Goldfinch charm of 50+ at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
23rd Jan 2014 Little Grebe View Image 5 at Loch Kishorn (BN)
23rd Jan 2014 Mallard 100 at Loch Kishorn (BN)
23rd Jan 2014 Goldeneye 20 at Loch Kishorn (BN)
22nd Jan 2014 Skylark View Image single at Elgol may be an optimistic start to spring (RMcM)
21st Jan 2014 Hawfinch belated report of a bird in a garden in Kyle early in the month (per BN) - any other sightings of this rarity welcome.
20th Jan 2014 Snow Bunting View Image still two at Elgol (RMcM)
19th Jan 2014 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 28 at Loch Portree during WeBS count (TB)- + 20 at Ashaig (A&EH)
19th Jan 2014 Merlin View Image female at Bayfield, Portree (TB)
19th Jan 2014 Meadow Pipit View Image flock of c30 at Glasphein, Staffin (MP)
18th Jan 2014 Kintail of the Birds please see http://www.nts.org.uk/Nature-Channel/View/Kintail-of-the-Birds/ for a video compilation of birds in Kintail and Morvich by Rule Anderson. Plockton Music School have provided background music. Some lovely clips of our breeding upland birds.
18th Jan 2014 Ringed Plover View Image high tide count of 24 at Camus a Mhor-bheoil, Gedintailor (C.Atkins)
17th Jan 2014 Water Rail one seen crossing the road near Calgary, Sleat (per K.MacAskill)
17th Jan 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image 7 in the narrows of Raasay (WM)
17th Jan 2014 Goosander View Image 8 in Loch Snizort (TB)
16th Jan 2014 Purple Sandpiper View Image 10 at Ardnish during WeBS count + 22 Turnstone (RMcM)
16th Jan 2014 Teal View Image 22 at Ardnish during WeBS count(RMcM)
16th Jan 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image 23 fishing together at Camas Mor, Borneskitaig (AMcL)
16th Jan 2014 Snow Bunting View Image now three at the bottom of the Glenmore road (AMcL)
16th Jan 2014 Kestrel 3 different birds hunting at Gleann Lichd, Kintail confirming it appears to be a good vole year (RA)
13th Jan 2014 Snow Bunting View Image two at Elgol (RMcM)
13th Jan 2014 Goosander View Image 5 in Breakish Obbe (PP)
13th Jan 2014 Glossy Ibis View Image belated report of a bird flying west near Broadford Co-op at 1100 on Sat 11th (bird may well be still in the area?)
12th Jan 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Camustianavaig (TB)
11th Jan 2014 Common Crossbill View Image pair below garden feeders at Uigshader (J.Kennedy)- this is pretty unusual behaviour which we have recorded once previously.
11th Jan 2014 Snow Bunting View Image single at the foot of the Glenmore road (A.McLean)
11th Jan 2014 Goosander View Image 8 at the head of Loch Snizort-Beag at Skeabost Bridge + 10 Teal (GF)
11th Jan 2014 Long-tailed Tit View Image c10 regularly on fatballs at Skeabost Bridge (GF); also 15 at Gedintailor (C.Atkins)
11th Jan 2014 Goldeneye 9 at Ashaig, Broadford + a single Black-throated Diver (A&EH)
11th Jan 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter at Laig Bay, Eigg (JC)
11th Jan 2014 Tufted Duck View Image female near Skeabost Bridge (JK)
11th Jan 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image 18 near Staffin (TB)
11th Jan 2014 Fieldfare View Image single on apples in Kyleakin garden with small flock nearby (H&M Scott)
10th Jan 2014 White-tailed Eagle View Image single over Balmacara (AW)
9th Jan 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image still a single bird wintering at Morvich, Kintail (RA)
8th Jan 2014 Common Scoter single at Loch Harport (K.Sadler)
8th Jan 2014 Brent Goose View Image single still in Broadford Bay (RR,AW)
8th Jan 2014 Snow Bunting View Image single near Monkstadt (RR,AW)
8th Jan 2014 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 31 in Loch Portree (RMcM, RR,AW)
8th Jan 2014 White-fronted Goose 20 at Kilmuir, Trotternish (RMcM, RR,AW)
8th Jan 2014 Reed Bunting View Image exceptional flock of 40 at Kilmuir, Trotternish (RMcM, RR,AW)
8th Jan 2014 Gannet 1st winter bird in the Narrows of Raasay (WM)
7th Jan 2014 Merlin View Image male at Calnacnoc, Staffin (MP)
5th Jan 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image single at Ashaig (A&EH)
4th Jan 2014 Brent Goose View Image single wintering bird reported from Breakish Obbe (PP)
4th Jan 2014 Goldeneye 9 on Loch Fada (RMcM)
4th Jan 2014 Mallard 40 on Croe Saltings (BN)
2nd Jan 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image two at Glas Eilean, Harrapool (A&EH)
2nd Jan 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image single at Harrapool (A&EH)
1st Jan 2014 White-tailed Eagle View Image single over The Aird, Gedintailor (WM), pair sitting on Cnoc an Fheolain, Struan, and another pair on Sgeir a Chuain in Loch Bracadale (RMcM)
1st Jan 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
1st Jan 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image 2nd winter in Talisker Bay (RMcM)
1st Jan 2014 Greenshank wintering singles at the head of Loch Harport and in Loch Beag, Struan (RMcM)
1st Jan 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image 45 on fields at Claigan, Dunvegan(RMcM)

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