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 Apr 2014 Hoopoe belated report of a bird in a garden at Hallin, Waternish on the 21st April (per AM) - a bird was also seen near Fort William around the same time.
30th Apr 2014 Whimbrel View Image 3 at Camus a Mhor, Gedintailor + 5 Shelduck (WM)
30th Apr 2014 Common Scoter male and female off Gedintailor (N.Littlewood)
30th Apr 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Balmeanach Bay, Braes (N.Littlewood)
30th Apr 2014 Pine Marten another record showing the northerly spread with an animal recorded in a camera trap in Glen Varrigal (N.Littlewood)
29th Apr 2014 Grasshopper Warbler reeling birds at Tote(CH),and Greshornish (PE), and Dunhallin, Waternish (A.Arnold)
29th Apr 2014 Corncrake View Image calling bird at a location on Minginish since April 27 (per ST)(see blog)
29th Apr 2014 White Wagtail View Image 8 at Camas Malag, Torrin (RMcM)
29th Apr 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 in Loch Slapin off Kilmarie (RMcM)
29th Apr 2014 Water Rail calling bird reported from Loch Suardal - also Moorhen (D&G Jenkins)
29th Apr 2014 Canada Goose View Image single at LochLonghead (PS)
29th Apr 2014 Northern Wheatear View Image at least 3 leucorhoa types at Camas Malag, Torrin (RMcM) (see Gallery)
29th Apr 2014 Sand Martin View Image around 8 birds at the quarry near the Armadale farm fanks (C.MacAskill)
28th Apr 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image c150 low over Broadford Bay heading north (RMcM); skein of 220 at Penifiler, Portree later (TB)
28th Apr 2014 Great Skua View Image single bird seen to kill a juvenile Herring Gull in Broadford Bay - up to 500 gulls presently feeding including Herring, Common and Black-headed (MB)
27th Apr 2014 Blackcap View Image singing males at Portnalong (ST), Kilmarie and Elgol (RMcM)
27th Apr 2014 Sedge Warbler View Image two singing birds on the Heaste Road, Broadford (MB)
27th Apr 2014 Whimbrel View Image single flew across the Minch from Meanish Pier (AS)
27th Apr 2014 Puffin 12 at the mouth of Loch Pooltiel(AS)
27th Apr 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image 7 in Loch Slapin at Drinan (RMcM)
27th Apr 2014 Bottlenose Dolphin small pod of 10 in Loch Slapin at Drinan (RMcM)(see cetacean Gallery)
27th Apr 2014 Osprey View Image one over Sconser heading towards Sligachan (AMcL); unconfirmed report that bird was also seen at Loch Cillchroisd on 26.4 (per PE)
27th Apr 2014 Wheatear View Image 6 on the shore at Kensaleyre included a bird of the leucorhoa race (A.Randle) - northern birds are now pushing through.
27th Apr 2014 Wood Warbler 1st report with singing bird at Carr Brae (BN)
27th Apr 2014 Blackcap View Image singing at Dunvegan (D.Jenkins)
26th Apr 2014 Dunlin View Image 40+ at Breakish Obbe (PP) and 100+ at Broadford Bay (MB)
25th Apr 2014 Tree Pipit View Image singing bird at Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BN)
25th Apr 2014 Sedge Warbler View Image first report with two calling at Waterloo, Broadford (DCJ)
25th Apr 2014 Sand Martin View Image back in numbers with 20+ near Kyleakin Quarry (EH)
25th Apr 2014 Slavonian Grebe late single off Ardnish (DCJ)
25th Apr 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image single bearing yellow ring with Greylags at Loch Mor, Waterstein is probably an escapee(per AS)(see Gallery)
24th Apr 2014 Ring Ouzel View Image pair in Coire Ghrunnda, Cuillin (T.Hodgetts) (see blog)
24th Apr 2014 Common Sandpiper View Image good numbers now back with 3 at Lusa (A&EH)
24th Apr 2014 Cuckoo good numbers now back with 4 together at Kilmarie, Strathaird (RMcM)
24th Apr 2014 Common Scoter pair in Broadford Bay(RMcM)and 5 later (K.Peace)
24th Apr 2014 White-tailed Eagle View Image good weather for soaring raptors with 11 in thermals above Sligachan including 6 adults (AMcL)
24th Apr 2014 Blackcap View Image two singing birds in Broadford Industrial Estate (MB)
24th Apr 2014 Ringed Plover View Image 125+ Ringed Plover and 104 Dunlin in Broadford Bay (MB)
24th Apr 2014 Whimbrel View Image 4 in Broadford Bay + 14 Turnstone & 5 Bar-tailed Godwit(MB)
24th Apr 2014 Sanderling View Image three in Broadford Bay (DCJ)
23rd Apr 2014 Whinchat View Image first for area with male at Kilmarie, Strathaird (DCJ)
22nd Apr 2014 Cuckoo reported from Portnalong (ST) but now distributed widely with at least 6 calling birds in Choisleadar Forest (RMcM)
22nd Apr 2014 Gadwall View Image a male at the head of Loch Portree is a rare spring record (TB)
22nd Apr 2014 Jack Snipe View Image single by the path on the Old Corry loop, Broadford (MB)
22nd Apr 2014 Tree Pipit View Image singing bird in Broadford community woodland (MB)
22nd Apr 2014 White Wagtail View Image two at Feorlig, Dunvegan (RMcM)
22nd Apr 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 6 on Loch Meodal (JK)
21st Apr 2014 Common Whitethroat View Image two near Kyleakin (EH)
21st Apr 2014 Whimbrel View Image 5 in Broadford Bay (MB)
21st Apr 2014 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird near the Old Pier, Broadford (A.Hickey)
20th Apr 2014 Common Sandpiper View Image good numbers now with 4 at Tokavaig (J.Storie) and 2 at Portnalong (K.Sadler)
20th Apr 2014 Cuckoo in Lochalsh, calling birds at Lochlonghead (PS) & Plockton (J.Storie)
20th Apr 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image four at Tokavaig (J.Storie)
20th Apr 2014 Whimbrel View Image single at Waterloo (MB)
20th Apr 2014 White Wagtail View Image single on Ardnish (ML)
20th Apr 2014 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in Broadford Bay (MB)
20th Apr 2014 Common Scoter two males in Broadford Bay (MB)
20th Apr 2014 Grasshopper Warbler two reeling birds at Edinbane ( C.Reynolds)
19th Apr 2014 Sand Martin View Image birds returned to the small colony at Kinloch, Dunvegan (M.Cullen)
19th Apr 2014 Cuckoo calling bird still at Edinbane (TH) + reports from Scullamus (FS), Ullinish (PS) and near Faoilean (JJ)
19th Apr 2014 Hirundines mixed flock of c40 Swallows and Sand Martins in Uig Bay (ML)
19th Apr 2014 Common Sandpiper View Image single in Broadford Bay (MB)
19th Apr 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image three off Inver Tote (CH)
19th Apr 2014 Long-eared Owl View Image calling bird Dorusduain, Kintail (P.Moore)
18th Apr 2014 Redshank 17 at Loch Snizort (GF), and 10 in Broadford Bay yesterday (MB), are possibly Icelandic birds moving north.
18th Apr 2014 Willow Warbler View Image singing bird at Sallachy, Lochalsh (PS), and two at Portnalong (ST)
18th Apr 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image single on Loch Long at Sallachy, Lochalsh (PS)
18th Apr 2014 Cuckoo more calling birds at Roag (M.Forsyth) and at Edinbane (C.Reynolds)
18th Apr 2014 Common Sandpiper View Image a single on Loch Scavaig at Camusunary (N.Thomas), and two at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
18th Apr 2014 Grasshopper Warbler reeling birds at Broadford and Harrapool (MB)
18th Apr 2014 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
17th Apr 2014 Cuckoo 1st reports of the year with a bird on the Rhue peninsula, Arisaig (am)(per SMacD); birds at Kintail at 1530 (RA) and another at Gedintailor, Braes at 1600(CA) - all are credited with joint firsts at the moment! Incidentally both Patch and Livingstone who are involved in the real race are still on the Sahara.(see blog)
17th Apr 2014 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Lower Milovaig (AS)
17th Apr 2014 Brent Goose View Image 55 in Broadford Bay which is an excellent spring record (MB)
17th Apr 2014 Ringed Plover View Image 110 in Broadford Bay + 36 Dunlin(MB)
17th Apr 2014 Shelduck 10 in Broadford Bay (MB)
17th Apr 2014 Ring Ouzel View Image 1st report from Lochalsh with a bird at Kintail (RA)
17th Apr 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 13 over Arisaig (RD) and still two at Loch Suardal (PS)
16th Apr 2014 Sand Martin View Image two at Broadford early then five at Waterloo later (MB)
16th Apr 2014 Swallows now several at Broadford (MB) and up to 6 at Gedintailor (CA)
16th Apr 2014 Willow Warbler View Image at least three singing in Broadford Industrial Estate + a Chiffchaff (MB)
16th Apr 2014 Shelduck 7 at the head of Loch Snizort (GF)
16th Apr 2014 Blackcap View Image male at Gedintailor, Braes (CA)
16th Apr 2014 Common Redpoll on feeders at Morar for several days (SMacD)
15th Apr 2014 Great Skua View Image single off Oronsay, Ullinish (PE)
15th Apr 2014 Swallow single at the River Snizort (MK)
15th Apr 2014 Sand Martin View Image two at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
15th Apr 2014 Common Crossbill View Image three at Balmeanach, Caroy (MK)
15th Apr 2014 Willow Warbler View Image singing bird at Kyleakin (A.Hickey)
14th Apr 2014 Swallow another single at Cuidrach, Uig (TH)
14th Apr 2014 Common Sandpiper View Image 1st of the year at Heaste (MB)
14th Apr 2014 White Wagtail View Image single at Glasnakille (RMcM)
14th Apr 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image 7 off Strathaird Point(RMcM)
14th Apr 2014 Grasshopper Warbler one reeling at Kilmarie, Strathaird (A.Love-Jones)
14th Apr 2014 Ring Ouzel View Image pair near The Storr (I.Little)
13th Apr 2014 Greenshank pair at the head of Loch Snizort (GF) & pair in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
13th Apr 2014 Kittiwake c70 in Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Apr 2014 Linnet pair on feeders at Ose (L.Millington) & also recent report from Lower Milovaig on the 11th (AS)
12th Apr 2014 Franklin's Gull wintering bird reported again at Sanday, Canna
11th Apr 2014 Willow Warbler View Image single at Faoilean, Loch Slapin (RMcM)
11th Apr 2014 White Wagtail View Image single at Lower Milovaig (AS)
10th Apr 2014 House Martin View Image first single for the area from Loch nan Eala ,Arisaig (SMacD)
10th Apr 2014 Willow Warbler View Image singing bird at Gorsten, Back of Keppoch ,Arisaig (SMacD)
9th Apr 2014 Manx Shearwater View Image c50 from the ferry in outer Loch Snizort (RR,AW)
9th Apr 2014 Puffin c6 from the ferry in outer Loch Snizort (RMcM)
8th Apr 2014 Red-throated Diver View Image terrific count of 43 at Ard Dorch, Loch na Caraidh (T.Swainbank)
8th Apr 2014 Golden Plover 30 on Ardnish & a Greenshank (A&EH)
8th Apr 2014 Swallow 1st of the year, a single at Drynoch (SS)
8th Apr 2014 Blackcap View Image female on apples in garden at Morar (SMacD)
8th Apr 2014 Redwing View Image flock of 30 on the outskirts of Portree (AS)
7th Apr 2014 Manx Shearwater View Image 10+ in outer Loch Snizort from the ferry (RMcM et al)
7th Apr 2014 Redwing View Image small numbers still pushing through with reports from Upper Halistra (CM) and Uig (RMcM)
7th Apr 2014 Chiffchaff singing bird at Arisaig (SMacD)
7th Apr 2014 Willow Warbler View Image probable at Treaslane Woods (DKMacd)
6th Apr 2014 Brambling View Image female visiting feeders at Kilbryde, Strath for several days (PJ)
6th Apr 2014 Long-tailed Tit View Image gathering nest materials at Treaslane Woods (DFMacd)
6th Apr 2014 Merlin View Image single harassing Starlings at Edinbane (B.Killington)
6th Apr 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image terrific count of 158 at Stencholl, Staffin (MP)
6th Apr 2014 Chiffchaff singing bird at Skeabost Bridge (GF)
5th Apr 2014 Goosander View Image 3 males and a female Kyleakin Obbe, and pairs at Kilmarie River and Lochlonghead (A&EH, RMcM & PS)
5th Apr 2014 Sand Martin View Image 3 at Waterloo, Broadford (MB)
5th Apr 2014 Mute Swan View Image juvenile at Harrapool , Broadford (MB)
5th Apr 2014 Wheatear View Image 1st report from Lochalsh with 2 males and a female at Lochlonghead (PS)
4th Apr 2014 Greenshank breeding birds back with two pairs on Loch Slapin (RMcM)
4th Apr 2014 Sand Martin View Image two at Rhubana, Loch Morar (SMacD)
4th Apr 2014 Redwing View Image in sub-song at Lower Milovaig (AS)
3rd Apr 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein heard going over last night and single straggler now at Balmeanach Bay (WM)
3rd Apr 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image singles at Dalavil on the 2nd (S.Terry) and Kilmarie River today (RMcM)
3rd Apr 2014 Wigeon c20 at Ashaig + 4 Goldeneye (A&EH)
2nd Apr 2014 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 60 heading north over Elgol am (RMcM)
2nd Apr 2014 Merlin View Image single at Dalavil (S.Terry)
2nd Apr 2014 Turnstone 30 at Camasunary (J.Macnab)
1st Apr 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image c60 on Eilean Mor, Lyndale (RMcM)
1st Apr 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image 18 in Loch Slapin at dusk + 7 Black-throated Divers (RMcM)
1st Apr 2014 Purple Sandpiper View Image 2 at Ardnish + 40 Redshank & 20 Bar-tailed Godwit (A&EH)
1st Apr 2014 Greenshank single at Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC)

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