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
27th Feb 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Portnalong (KS)
27th Feb 2015 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image at feeders at Torrin (R.Geary)
27th Feb 2015 Skylark View Image 6 in Broadford (MB)
27th Feb 2015 Goldeneye 45 on the River Shiel at Acharacle + 11 Tufted Duck (RMcM)
26th Feb 2015 Merlin View Image female at Earlish (TB)
25th Feb 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Portnalong (K.Sadler)
25th Feb 2015 Golden Plover 25 at Feorlig & 30 Lapwing (.R.Arnold)
23rd Feb 2015 Blackcap View Image male at Cleadale, Eigg (per N.Robertson)
22nd Feb 2015 Pied Wagtail View Image single at Portree (TH)
21st Feb 2015 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Portnalong (W.Brown)
21st Feb 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 65 at Claigan, Dunvegan, and c70 flying from Eilean Beag to Eilean Mor near Lyndale Point (RMcM); also 67 at Staffin (TB)
21st Feb 2015 Lapwing 58 at Feorlig, 24 at Loch Mor, Waterstein & 4 at Ardmore, Waternish(RMcM)
21st Feb 2015 Golden Plover 25 at Feorlig,(RMcM)
21st Feb 2015 Skylark View Image 10 at Feorlig and 5 at Ardmore, Waternish(RMcM)
21st Feb 2015 Slavonian Grebe 9 between Luib and Broadford Bay (R.Arnold)
20th Feb 2015 Iceland Gull View Image a juvenile at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
19th Feb 2015 Hen Harrier View Image males reported from Portree (TB) and Ullinish (PE) - also a Peregrine at Ullinish
17th Feb 2015 Hen Harrier View Image another report with a ringtail on the Heaste road (MP)
16th Feb 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Portnalong (K.Sadler) and male still reported in Kensaleyre area yesterday (L.Simpson)
16th Feb 2015 Wigeon 61 at Loch Portree + 15 Bar-tailed Godwit (N.Bennett)
16th Feb 2015 Crossbill sp c12 in woodland near Drynoch River (PE)
15th Feb 2015 Skylark View Image two returning birds at Meanish (AS) and two at Kilbryde, Torrin (MB)
15th Feb 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM)
15th Feb 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Lower Milovaig (AS)
15th Feb 2015 Scaup male reported with Mergansers in Loch Portree (L.Simpson)
12th Feb 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Rhenetra (I.Norris)
11th Feb 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter at Loch Ainort fish farm (RMcM) - probably yesterday's probable bird!
10th Feb 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image probable juvenile seen briefly at Luib (J.Lawson)
10th Feb 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 8 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (J.Young)
10th Feb 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 96 at Kilmaluag (J.Young)
10th Feb 2015 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter bird reported from Kishorn (M.Bliss)
9th Feb 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 23 at Loch Portree + a Greenshank (TB)
9th Feb 2015 Pied Wagtail View Image 3 at Uig Bay (ML)
9th Feb 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image 6 at roost at Ullinish (PS,PE)
9th Feb 2015 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Ashaig, Broadford (R.Davison)
8th Feb 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image reports of juveniles at Glenelg (P.Jones) and Lower Milovaig (AS)
8th Feb 2015 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Totarder, Struan (PS)
8th Feb 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 72 at Staffin (TB)
7th Feb 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image possible roost at Ullinish with 5/6 birds emerging at dusk (PS)
7th Feb 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 6 off Eyre Point, Raasay (RMcM)
7th Feb 2015 Whooper Swan View Image two heading north at Gedintailor (C.Atkins)
6th Feb 2015 Goosander View Image 5 at Camus a Mhor, Braes (WM)
5th Feb 2015 Barn Owl View Image singles reported from Torvaig, Portree and from Brogaig, Staffin (MP)
5th Feb 2015 Pied Wagtail View Image single at the Broadford Co-op car park (JJ)
4th Feb 2015 Whooper Swan View Image still 7 at Loch Suardal + 5 Goldeneye (ML)
4th Feb 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Ullinish (PS)
3rd Feb 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image two in the fields at Glen Brittle (KC)
3rd Feb 2015 Snow Bunting View Image three on the Suisnish path (P.Johnson) and 8 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
2nd Feb 2015 Talk - date for the diary Martin Benson will give an illustrated talk on "Broadford Bay Birds - My Patch" to the SWT on Tuesday 17th February at 7.30pm in Tigh na Sgire, Portree.
2nd Feb 2015 Water Rail single in garden in Broadford (Rose Hill)
1st Feb 2015 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird in Uig Bay (ML)
1st Feb 2015 Greenland White-fronted Goose 9 at Scullamus heading towards Black Lochs (RMcM)
1st Feb 2015 Snow Bunting View Image single at Sconser near golf course(RMcM)
1st Feb 2015 Reed Bunting View Image now 8 birds at feeding station in Harrapool (MB) (see Gallery)

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