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 Jun 2014 Lapwing a small post-breeding group of 10+ on the shore at Loch Caroy (MS)
30th Jun 2014 Great Skua View Image single reported from Rubha an Dunain (F. Dohrmann)
30th Jun 2014 Red Kite View Image one over the 'five sisters', Kintail (RA)
27th Jun 2014 Citrine Wagtail probable on Canna but only fleeting view (PKnott) - Spotted Flycatcher & Chiffchaff also present
26th Jun 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image four flew in to Loch Long at Sallachy early morning (PS)
25th Jun 2014 Redshank early migrants on the move with 18 in Broadford Bay (MB)
24th Jun 2014 Quail Bird calling at Bornesketaig for last week (D.Bratt)
23rd Jun 2014 Great Skua View Image agitated pair during visit to Soay suggesting breeding (SB)
22nd Jun 2014 Common Scoter two in Broadford Bay (MB)
22nd Jun 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image single at Neist Point (D.Bratt)
21st Jun 2014 Quail calling bird at Lochcarron (S.Robb)
20th Jun 2014 House Martin View Image following yesterday's query - no occupation of known House Martins' nests in Glendale area (AS)
19th Jun 2014 House Martin View Image bird and nest noted at Brogaig (TB) - are birds scarcer this year??
19th Jun 2014 Common Scoter 4 in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Jun 2014 Greenshank fledged young at Loch Meodal, Sleat (RMcM)
18th Jun 2014 Common Crossbill View Image male in full song at Braigh an Uird plantation, Sleat (RMcM)
18th Jun 2014 Black-throated Diver View Image two flew south at Bornesketaig (D.Bratt)
17th Jun 2014 Hen Harrier View Image so far so good with at least 5 pairs with young on Skye - see blog.
16th Jun 2014 Goosander View Image 14 on Loch Portree including 5 young (TB)
16th Jun 2014 Tawny Owl probable breeding at Hamara, Glendale (AS)
15th Jun 2014 Hawfinch still visiting feeders at Harrapool this morning (AMacL)
15th Jun 2014 Common Crossbill View Image small groups, with up to 5 together in VicAskill Forest (RMcM)
15th Jun 2014 Quail calling bird still at Trumpan (P.Warwick)
15th Jun 2014 Corncrake View Image up to three calling birds can still be heard at Trumpan, Waternish (P.Warwick) - please view/listen from car park or nearby roads.
15th Jun 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image single at Camas Mor, Borneskitaig (D.Bratt)
14th Jun 2014 Hawfinch a male at feeders in Harrapool is only the 4th record for Skye (A.MacLennan)
14th Jun 2014 Swift two over Gedintailor, Braes (A.Stewart)
12th Jun 2014 Tawny Owl pair with two young at regular site at Uiginish, Dunvegan (H.MacDonald)
10th Jun 2014 Short-eared Owl View Image single reported at Earlish (L.Murdoch)
10th Jun 2014 Canada Goose View Image 20 flying south at Lochlonghead (PS) and a pair flew over Oronsay, Bracadale (PE)
9th Jun 2014 Canada Goose View Image pair at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
8th Jun 2014 Whitethroat View Image male just arrived and on territory at Lephin, Glendale -two territories in nearby Milovaig still unoccupied (AS)
8th Jun 2014 Whinchat View Image male feeding fledged young at Ardroag, Dunvegan (RMcM)
8th Jun 2014 Sandwich Tern View Image 4 in Broadford Bay (MB)
7th Jun 2014 Buzzard Seen flying off with an adder in its talons at Kinloch, Sleat (T.Hodgetts)
6th Jun 2014 Red-throated Diver View Image 4 on Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton (JP)
5th Jun 2014 Tawny Owl successful breeding report from Edinbane (C.Reynolds) and Torrin (G.Hopwood)
5th Jun 2014 Short-eared Owl View Image single reported from Greshornish (C.Reynolds)
5th Jun 2014 Quail bird calling at Trumpan, Waternish (G.Crocker)
4th Jun 2014 Long-tailed Tit View Image group of 14 in Dunvegan Woods were probably a family party (C.Alston)
1st Jun 2014 Great Northern Diver View Image three at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford(AMcL)

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