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 2015 Blackcap View Image male & female visiting feeders at Kyelakin (C.MacAskill)
31st Jan 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 60-80 at Kilmaluag (TH)
31st Jan 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 8 at Kilmuir (TH)
30th Jan 2015 Grey Wagtail View Image single wintering in Glen Brittle (KC)
28th Jan 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image single flew over Portnalong (K.Sadler)
26th Jan 2015 Golden Plover 30 at Camas a Mhor, Gedintailor (WM)
26th Jan 2015 Wigeon 52 at Loch Portree and 7 Teal (TB)
26th Jan 2015 Eider 55 in Uig Bay (MP)
26th Jan 2015 Carrion Crow View Image single near Loch Cillchroisd (RMcM)
26th Jan 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 18 at Loch Portree (TB) and an exceptional 25 at Camas a Mhor, Gedintailor (WM)
26th Jan 2015 Reed Bunting View Image three at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
24th Jan 2015 Goldeneye 6 at Lower Breakish (PP)
24th Jan 2015 Golden Plover c90 at Feorlig (RMcM)
24th Jan 2015 Fieldfare View Image 30 at Crossal (RMcM)
24th Jan 2015 Reed Bunting View Image seven (5males & 2 females) at feeders at Harrapool (MB)
24th Jan 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image one reported from Talisker Bay (A.Howie)
24th Jan 2015 Lapwing 34 at Kilvaxter (TB) & 30 at Feorlig (RMcM)
22nd Jan 2015 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 30 at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
22nd Jan 2015 Snow Bunting View Image three on the forest track at Kyleakin + 8 Bullfinch including 7 males (J.Lawson)
21st Jan 2015 Grey Wagtail View Image single wintering at Aird, Sleat (K.MacAskill)
21st Jan 2015 Whooper Swan View Image two juveniles at Lochlonghead (PS)
20th Jan 2015 Snow Bunting View Image single on The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
19th Jan 2015 Whooper Swan View Image Reports from the week-end census counts included 2 on Loch a Ghlinne, Sleat (C.Wylie);11 on Loch nan Eala, Arisaig including 3 juveniles (SMacD); 5 at Loch Suardal including a juvenile (PS,RA); 6 at Challuim Chille including 2 juveniles, & 9 at Loch Shiel, Lochalsh including 2 juveniles (RMcM)
19th Jan 2015 Little Grebe View Image 7 on the west shore of Loch Duich between Ratagan & Letterfearn (RMcM)
19th Jan 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 21 between Pabay Narrows and Lusa (RMcM)
18th Jan 2015 Iceland Gull View Image first winter bird at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM)
18th Jan 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 15 at Ardmore, Waternish (RA) and only 4 at Kilmaluag (RMcM)(see Gallery)
18th Jan 2015 Knot single at Duntulm(RMcM)
18th Jan 2015 Lapwing 13 at Kilmaluag and 43 at Kilvaxter(RMcM)
18th Jan 2015 Reed Bunting View Image 17 at Kilmaluag and 10 at Kilvaxter(RMcM)
18th Jan 2015 Redwing View Image 30 at Kilvaxter(RMcM)
18th Jan 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image single reported from Inverarish, Raasay (J.Gillies)
18th Jan 2015 Goldeneye 7 on Loch a Ghlinne, Sleat + two Tufted Duck (C.Wylie)
17th Jan 2015 Robin up to 6 birds sharing a bird table at Ferindonald, Sleat (J.Dawber) - survival more important than territory in these conditions.
17th Jan 2015 Ivory Gull bird been showing well in the harbour at Ullapool in the last two days
17th Jan 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at Loch Suardal (R.Arnold) - remember this is a census week-end so all records welcome.
17th Jan 2015 Little Auk single on Loch Shiel between Moss & Acharacle in Moidart
16th Jan 2015 Reed Bunting View Image flock of 17, mostly males, at Sartle, Staffin (MP)
15th Jan 2015 Whooper Swan View Image two west at Breakish Obbe am (PP) & a family part of five at Loch Ghabhsgabhaig, Tarskavaig yesterday (C.Wylie)- possibly both weather movements.
14th Jan 2015 Slavonian Grebe 3 in Broadford Bay near the New Pier (RMcM)
14th Jan 2015 Fieldfare View Image 6 at Ullinish (PS)
14th Jan 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Struan (TB)
13th Jan 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 8 on Kyleakin playing fields (HS) - this is unusual and is probably a weather movement.
13th Jan 2015 Great Skua View Image unseasonal single reported from the pier at Eigg (per JC)
13th Jan 2015 Fieldfare/Redwing good counts of 60 Fieldfare and 40 Redwing at Killilan, Lochalsh (PS)
13th Jan 2015 Ivory Gull a juvenile Ivory Gull reported at Ardmair, Ullapool today looks like the bird which was at Uig until January 4.
13th Jan 2015 Brent Goose View Image single still at Bayfield, Portree (TB)
13th Jan 2015 Jack Snipe View Image one flushed by the River Snizort near the 'Hill Road' (PE)
12th Jan 2015 Dipper three on River Croe, Morvich, showing strong territorial interraction (despite the weather) (RA)
12th Jan 2015 Lapwing two at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM) and at Ullinish (PS), with six at Breakish Obbe (PP). Higher numbers than normal on Eigg with c50 wintering (JC)
12th Jan 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile bird (limping on left leg) at Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (JC). Report also of a juvenile on Canna (per RLS)
12th Jan 2015 Brent Goose View Image a very unseasonal record of two at Lochlonghead (PS). Also a single on Canna which has been around for a while (per RLS)
11th Jan 2015 Mediterranean Gull single juvenile in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
11th Jan 2015 Grey Wagtail View Image wintering bird in Uig Bay (ML)
11th Jan 2015 Snow Bunting View Image three on low ground at Gleann Lichd, Kintail (RA)
10th Jan 2015 Lapwing a single bird at Braeintra, Lochalsh, is unusual in winter (C..McAndrew) and may have been a result of the storm
10th Jan 2015 Hen Harrier View Image both an adult male and ringtail at Ullinish (PS)
10th Jan 2015 Whooper Swan View Image two at Loch Suardal (PS) - there is a national census next week-end (17th/18th) and I would welcome any records from the area
8th Jan 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Portnalong (W.Brown) and a ringtail tussling with a White-tailed Eagle at Balmeanach, Caroy (PE)
8th Jan 2015 Mediterranean Gull two along with other mixed gulls at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
8th Jan 2015 Peregrine View Image probable juvenile female spooking the gulls at Bayfield, Portree (RMcM)(see Gallery)
6th Jan 2015 Slavonian Grebe 6 between Camus na Sgianadin and Scalpay Narrows (RMcM)
6th Jan 2015 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 20 at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
6th Jan 2015 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Kiltaragen, Portree (M.MacDonald)
6th Jan 2015 Brent Goose View Image still a single at Loch Portree (R.Arnold)
6th Jan 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 80+ at Balmaqueen and 50 at Staffin (R.Arnold)
5th Jan 2015 Goosander View Image excellent count of 25 at Loch Snizort-beag (GF)
5th Jan 2015 Ivory Gull NO sightings so far today or on the 6th so sadly the bird must have flown!
4th Jan 2015 Ivory Gull present from early morning on one of the fishing boats (ML)and about the area most of the day
3rd Jan 2015 Ivory Gull still at Uig Pier throughout the day and continues to entertain lots of visitors (ML et al)
3rd Jan 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image an unseasonal juvenile off Sconser (DCJardine)
3rd Jan 2015 Little Grebe View Image exceptional count of 9 on Loch Mor, Waterstein, where there was also 5 Dippers (AS)
3rd Jan 2015 Goldeneye excellent count of 12 on Loch Mor, Waterstein (AS)
3rd Jan 2015 Lapwing 2 at Loch Mor, Waterstein (AS)and 10 at the head of Loch Caroy (MS)
3rd Jan 2015 Golden Plover c35 on the moor above Earlish (N.Hodgetts)
3rd Jan 2015 Twite View Image 2 at Waterstein (AS)
3rd Jan 2015 Greenland White-fronted Goose 12+ at Chailluim Chille, Kilvaxter + 45 Teal (RMcM)
3rd Jan 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 110 at Kilmaluag(RMcM)
3rd Jan 2015 Slavonian Grebe single on the Moll loop and three in Broadford Bay (DCJ)
3rd Jan 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 10 near Shiel Bridge, Lochalsh (DCJ)
2nd Jan 2015 Ivory Gull still at the pier at Uig throughout the day (ML)
1st Jan 2015 A Happy New Year wishing all our friends and followers a Happy New Year and good birding in 2015
1st Jan 2015 Ivory Gull still showing well mid afternoon (C.Reynolds)
1st Jan 2015 Technical Glitch A technical glitch has been detected with the submission form. All now resolved and if there are any outstanding records please accept our apologies and re-submit (Bob)
1st Jan 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Ullinish (PS)

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