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 Dec 2014 Ivory Gull still present at Uig (P.Stronach)and attracted a number of visitors, local and from a distance, despite the weather. (Andy Stables and Tom Hodgetts pictures in Gallery)-also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6M0vZuFeFQ
31st Dec 2014 Mediterranean Gull first winter at the head of Loch Sligachan (P.Stronach)
30th Dec 2014 Ivory Gull not present at 1030 but back at the end of the pier 1530 (ML) (looks like there is a pattern of it following out fishing boats to feed, then returning to the pier - be patient!)
29th Dec 2014 Ivory Gull showing well on Uig Pier this morning and followed fishing boat out to sea (MB,RMcM)(see Gallery & Blog) - and also see http://youtu.be/MO2Pu1IkJu0
29th Dec 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 15 flying south-east at Camusdarroch, Morar (SMacD)
28th Dec 2014 Ivory Gull showing at Uig by the pier again today around 1400 (Bill Allan)
28th Dec 2014 Blackcap View Image male on feeders at Kyleakin (AH)
28th Dec 2014 Puffin two in winter plumage at sea two miles south of Point of Sleat (R.Dyer from MV Sheerwater)
26th Dec 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 9 over Kyleakin (AH)
26th Dec 2014 Eider 70-100 in Kyle narrows (AH)
26th Dec 2014 Jack Snipe View Image single at Harrapool (MB)
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25th Dec 2014 Goldeneye 12 on Loch Mor, Waterstein, +5 Little Grebe (AS)
25th Dec 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 23 at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
25th Dec 2014 Purple Sandpiper View Image 8 at Brother's Point, Culnacnoc (C.Hawley)
24th Dec 2014 Ivory Gull no sign at Uig Bay this morning (MB,ML)
24th Dec 2014 Yellowhammer 8 at feeders at Morar (per SMacD)
23rd Dec 2014 Ivory Gull Martin Lumb found a juvenile bird in Uig Bay at 0930 today. It was also seen by Bill Allan from the ferry in Uig Bay at 1400 - this would be a first record for Skye & Lochalsh
21st Dec 2014 Common Gull still large numbers in Broadford Bay and a colour ringed bird was ringed as a chick on the Shiants in 2013 (see Gallery)
19th Dec 2014 Little Auk one dead on Glen Brittle beach (W.Peppe)
19th Dec 2014 Mediterranean Gull now two first winter birds in Broadford Bay (RMcM)(see Gallery)
18th Dec 2014 Common Gull still a huge flock of c800 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
16th Dec 2014 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Bayfield, Portree (RMcM)
16th Dec 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image still single adults at Loch Sligachan and Loch Portree(RMcM)
16th Dec 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image 28 at Staffin and 140 at Balmacqueen(RMcM)
16th Dec 2014 Reed Bunting View Image 24 at Balmacqueen(RMcM)
16th Dec 2014 Redwing/Fieldfare mixed flocks of 20 at Balmacqueen and 40 at Borneskitaig (RMcM)
16th Dec 2014 Barn Owl View Image single at Borve at dusk(RMcM)
15th Dec 2014 Slavonian Grebe 6 on Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD)
15th Dec 2014 Whooper Swan View Image 13 on Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD) + a Grey Wagtail
14th Dec 2014 Highland Bird Report 2012 a number of copies are available for sale - please see the Blog/News page.
14th Dec 2014 Snow Bunting View Image two on the Heaste hill road (MB)
13th Dec 2014 Mediterranean Gull at least one in Broadford Bay (MB,RMcM)
13th Dec 2014 Common Gull c700 in Broadford Bay & 300 at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
13th Dec 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image still a single in Broadford Bay(RMcM)
13th Dec 2014 Slavonian Grebe three at Scalpay Narrows(RMcM)
13th Dec 2014 Twite View Image single bird at Lower Milovaig (AS)
13th Dec 2014 Red-breasted Merganser View Image c25 between Scalpay Narrows & the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
11th Dec 2014 Black Redstart View Image juvenile found at Shamhnan Insir on Rum (Sean Morris)
11th Dec 2014 Little Auk bird found on the small freshwater Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (R.Dyer, S.MacDonald)(see Gallery)
11th Dec 2014 Blackcap View Image female still visiting feeders at Carr Brae (BN)
11th Dec 2014 Heron c30 sheltering in the reeds at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
11th Dec 2014 Whooper Swan View Image two flew from Loch Nevis towards Mallaig into the westerly gale, and unable to make any progress, turned back (SMacD)
10th Dec 2014 Grey Wagtail View Image single at Kilmarie, Strathaird, is the first winter record in this area since 2010 when several birds wintered (RMcM)
8th Dec 2014 Great Skua View Image very late single in Outer Loch Sligachan at Sconser (RMcM)
8th Dec 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image unseasonal records with singles at Loch Portree and Loch Ainort, and three at Sconser (RMcM)
8th Dec 2014 Common Gull the leucistic bird recorded at Broadford is now at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
8th Dec 2014 Redshank 17 at Shiel Saltings is a good winter count (BN); similarly high numbers at Kyelakin Obbe (AH)
7th Dec 2014 Sooty Shearwater View Image single again seen two miles east of Eigg (R.Dyer from MV Sheerwater)
7th Dec 2014 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Mallaig (SMacD)
7th Dec 2014 Iceland Gull View Image first winter at Portree (G.Lawson)
7th Dec 2014 Carrion Crow View Image two at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (RMcM)
7th Dec 2014 Brambling View Image pair on feeders at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
6th Dec 2014 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile reported from Mallaig harbour
5th Dec 2014 Common Gull still 600+ birds in Broadford Bay including a leucistic bird (RMcM)(see Gallery)
5th Dec 2014 Sooty Shearwater View Image very late bird seen between Arisaig & Eigg (R Dyer from MV Sheerwater)
5th Dec 2014 Merlin View Image male at Satran, Drynoch (TH)
5th Dec 2014 Hen Harrier View Image reports of male at Earlish (L.Murdoch) & ringtail between Portree & Drumuie (TB)
5th Dec 2014 Blackcap View Image female at feeders at Carr Brae (BN)
5th Dec 2014 Greenland White-fronted Goose four over Lower Beakish (SBentall)
5th Dec 2014 Brent Goose View Image still two at Bayfield, Portree (R.Arnold)
3rd Dec 2014 Brent Goose View Image two very late birds at Loch Portree in front of Bayfield (Rob Forrest)
2nd Dec 2014 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image still a single at Uig Bay (RMcM)
2nd Dec 2014 Barnacle Goose View Image c150 at Kilmaluag(RMcM)
1st Dec 2014 Chiffchaff single reported from Dunhallin, Waternish (R.Arnold)

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