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 Feb 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image single at Harris, Rum (SM)(see Gallery)
28th Feb 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose 3 at Back of Keppoch, Morar (SMacD)
28th Feb 2014 Canada Goose View Image 9 at Back of Keppoch, Morar + a single Pink-footed Goose(SMacD)
28th Feb 2014 Skylark View Image excellent count of 50+ at Back of Keppoch, Morar(SMacD)
27th Feb 2014 Golden Plover flock of 28 on the shore at Balmeanach Bay (WM)
27th Feb 2014 Skylark View Image flock of 12 at Elgol + birds at Kilmuir & Staffin yesterday (RMcM) - meadow pipits also on the increase.
27th Feb 2014 Yellowhammer 5 at Drumbuie, Lochalsh (IT)
26th Feb 2014 Red-throated Diver View Image 8 at the head of Loch Ainort + a Slavonian Grebe (RMcM)
26th Feb 2014 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 11 in Loch Ainort, 4 at Moll & 6 at Loch Sligachan(RMcM)
26th Feb 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image 52 at Staffin (RMcM)
26th Feb 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose 18 at Kilmuir(RMcM)
26th Feb 2014 Hen Harrier View Image a male near Caroy (MH) and 3 ringtails at the Trotternish roost (RMcM)
26th Feb 2014 White-tailed Eagle View Image pair on a sheep carcass on the Struan - Portree 'hill' road (MH)
26th Feb 2014 Jack Snipe View Image two at Duart, Plockton (IT)
25th Feb 2014 Shelduck pairs at Shiel Saltings (BN) and at Waterloo (RMcM)
25th Feb 2014 Goosander View Image 5 at Shiel Saltings (BN)
24th Feb 2014 Skylark View Image back in territory and singing at Ullinish (PS)
23rd Feb 2014 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 29 in Loch Portree (TB)
23rd Feb 2014 Common Gull 207 in Loch Portree (TB)
23rd Feb 2014 Slavonian Grebe 2 in Scalpay Narrows (RMcM)
20th Feb 2014 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Harrapool (MB) and male at Ullinish (PE)
18th Feb 2014 Goosander View Image 3 at Isleornsay (T.Phillips) & 4 at Loch Slapin (RMcM)
18th Feb 2014 Nuthatch Report of a calling bird at Armadale Woods (T.Phillips) - this species is expanding northwards so any other info welcome.
17th Feb 2014 Golden Plover 5 on Ardnish (A&EH)
16th Feb 2014 Barn Owl View Image single at 0600 in Glen Shiel (MB,RMcM)
16th Feb 2014 Franklin's Gull bird still showing well in Canna as a group of 8 birders from Highland area all managed a quick visit courtesy of Calmac and Stewart & Winnie (MB,RMcM et al)(see Gallery)
16th Feb 2014 Fieldfare View Image c130 in Skeabost Bridge area (JK)
16th Feb 2014 Kumlien's Gull 2nd year bird present in Mallaig Harbour (PS,RR et al)
15th Feb 2014 Franklin's Gull still showing well at Sanday, Canna (S.Connor)
15th Feb 2014 Merlin View Image female at Borve (TB)
14th Feb 2014 Franklin's Gull this rare North American species has been present on Canna for the last few weeks (Stewart Connor) (see Gallery) - thanks to the jet stream!
14th Feb 2014 Bullfinch 18+ in Loch Connan forest is an excellent count (KS) - and 11 on the forest track at Kyleakin (A&EH)
13th Feb 2014 Goosander View Image male on Loch Scresort,Rum is a scarce record for the island(SM) - on Skye, recent reports from Uig Bay, Loch Slapin and Loch Cillchroisd
12th Feb 2014 Snow Bunting View Image still a single at Elgol + 3 Skylarks (RMcM)
10th Feb 2014 Fieldfare View Image c70 at Suardal, Strath (MB)
10th Feb 2014 Tufted Duck View Image single females still at Loch Cillchroisd (RMcM) & Loch Suardal (JP)
9th Feb 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 4 flying west at Lower Breakish (PP)
9th Feb 2014 Red-throated Diver View Image 5 at the head of Loch Ainort + a Common Scoter (RMcM)
8th Feb 2014 Lapwing early returning birds with 16 at Borrodale, Glendale(AS), 2 at Glam, Raasay (B.Gillies) - also 4 at Loch Cillchroisd yesterday (RMcM)
8th Feb 2014 Goldfinch c25 at feeders at Carr Brae(BN)
7th Feb 2014 Shelduck now 8 at Pool Roag (RMcM)
7th Feb 2014 Tufted Duck View Image female at Loch Suardal + 5 Whooper Swan & 6 Goldeneye (RMcM)
7th Feb 2014 Pied Wagtail View Image single at Broadford Co-op (RMcM)
7th Feb 2014 Jack Snipe View Image single again at Lower Milovaig (AS)
6th Feb 2014 Teal View Image good count of 20 at Loch Snizort (GF)
6th Feb 2014 Bullfinch 13 on a cherry tree at Treaslane Beag (DFMacd)
6th Feb 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose c14 on Pabay (RMcM) (see Blog)
6th Feb 2014 Water Rail one visiting garden pond at Penifeiler, Braes (SPorter)
5th Feb 2014 Snow Bunting View Image still a single at Elgol (RMcM)
5th Feb 2014 Woodcock good numbers recorded in Ullinish/Balmeanach area (up to 10 in last two days) (PE)
4th Feb 2014 Long-tailed Tit View Image 12 at Bernisdale (THodgetts)
4th Feb 2014 Water Rail single crossing road at Tormore, Sleat (T.Godfrey)
2nd Feb 2014 Grey Plover View Image single on the beach at Staffin Bay + 30 Golden Plover in the fields at Stenscholl (MP)
1st Feb 2014 Purple Sandpiper View Image 10 at Ardnish + 30 Turnstone (A&EH)
1st Feb 2014 Goldeneye 10 at Ardnish (A&EH)
1st Feb 2014 Blackbird 15 at feeding station Skeabost Bridge (GF)
1st Feb 2014 Peregrine View Image single at Ullinish Point with Turnstone prey (PE)

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