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 Mar 2015 Wheatear View Image two on the shore at Camas Malag, Torrin in the morning(TH); then five in the afternoon with three near the head of Loch Slapin (RMcM)
29th Mar 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 32 between Lusa and the Skye Bridge (RMcM)
29th Mar 2015 Slavonian Grebe 10 between Lusa and the Skye Bridge (RMcM)& two at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD)
29th Mar 2015 Twite View Image c20 on Harrapool common grazings + 30 Meadow Pipits & 6 Skylarks (MB)
29th Mar 2015 Redshank 17 at Harrapool (MB)
28th Mar 2015 Jack Snipe View Image single at Swordale, Strath (MB)
28th Mar 2015 White Wagtail View Image single at Broadford + 6 Pied Wagtails (MB) - also 6 Pied Wagtails at Teangue (RMcM)
28th Mar 2015 Meadow Pipit View Image c100 at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM)
28th Mar 2015 Slavonian Grebe 9 in Broadford Bay included two in breeding plumage (MB)
28th Mar 2015 Wheatear View Image male at Traigh (SMacD)
27th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM)
26th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image single still at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM) (see Gallery), and a juvenile over Kildonan Point on Eigg (JC)
26th Mar 2015 Sand Martin View Image first report over Loch nan Eala at Arisaig (SMacD)
25th Mar 2015 Golden Plover still c70 at Feorlig, Harlosh (RMcM)
25th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image still a single at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM)
25th Mar 2015 Snow Bunting View Image four on the lower slopes of Bruach na Frithe (TH)
25th Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 7 on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (RMcM)(see Gallery)& 30 north over Arisaig (S.MacD)
25th Mar 2015 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image up to two territorial birds at Leiter Fura, Kinloch (JP)(D.Mason)
25th Mar 2015 Redwing View Image 22 at Drumfearn(D.Mason)
24th Mar 2015 Wheatear View Image report from Staffin beach (H.Martin)
24th Mar 2015 Kumlien's Gull a wee bit out of our area but there is a nice example of this bird at the west end of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen (D.Whitaker)
24th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles on Loch Scresort, Rum (SM)
24th Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 12 at the head of Loch Dunvegan in the morning; as dusk was approaching 92 landed on Loch Mor (A&AS)(such large flocks are unusual for us and maybe something to do with birds having to fly into northerly winds (Bob)
24th Mar 2015 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 28 at Loch Reraig nr Ardaneaskan (D.Mason)
23rd Mar 2015 Wheatear View Image now three males at Upper Milovaig (AS), and a male at Ardnish (B.MacDonald) also the first report from Lochalsh, at Drumbuie (M.Bliss)
23rd Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image excellent count of 65 at Loch Mor, Waterstein (AS) (see Gallery); then 61 at Loch Suardal in the evening (Rob Wright) - must have been very little water left!!
23rd Mar 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image probably same juvenile as yesterday at Moll Fishfarm (RMcM)
23rd Mar 2015 Little Gull View Image adult at Loch Portree this morning (TB)
23rd Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image an adult on Rum between Kilmory and Glen Shellesder (SM)
22nd Mar 2015 Wheatear View Image further early reports of singles from Camas Malag, Torrin (D.Mason) and Ashaig (A&EH)
22nd Mar 2015 Wigeon good count of 105 at Nostie Bay, Lochalsh (D.Mason)
22nd Mar 2015 Great Skua View Image single well off Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
22nd Mar 2015 Golden Plover birds back in territories near Suisnish (DM) near the Coire Lagan path (JP) + 10 at Ashaig (A&EH)
22nd Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 42 north over Arisaig (R.Dyer)
21st Mar 2015 Wheatear View Image two males, one at Neist Point and the other near Upper Milovaig (RMcM); also reported from Arisaig (R.Dyer)
21st Mar 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile again at Luib (RMcM)
21st Mar 2015 Lesser Black- backed Gull View Image still a single at Loch Pooltiel, a single at Pool Roag, and three at the head of Loch Caroy (RMcM)
21st Mar 2015 Golden Plover 38 + 30 Lapwing at Feorlig (RMcM)
21st Mar 2015 Wigeon 28 in Loch Dunvegan (M.Cullen)
21st Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image three north at Earlish (NH)
21st Mar 2015 Lesser Redpoll View Image reported from feeders at Broadford yesterday (J.Donaldson) & Roskill today (A.Bathgate)
21st Mar 2015 Greylag Goose View Image 36 in Glen Brittle (JP)
21st Mar 2015 Skylark View Image flock of c20 in Glen Brittle (JP)
20th Mar 2015 Grey Plover View Image a single bird at Ardelve is probably the first record for Lochalsh (BN)
20th Mar 2015 Wigeon 60 at Ardelve (BN)
20th Mar 2015 Wigeon 60 at Ardelve (BN)
20th Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image two at Lochlonghead (PS), now 44 at the head of Loch Harport (ST), 32 at the head of Loch Dunvegan (B.Killington) & 10 in the evening at Loch Mor, Waterstein (AS)
20th Mar 2015 Meadow Pipit View Image numbers building up with 18 on the Heaste path from Broadford (MB)
20th Mar 2015 Brambling View Image male at the pier on Eigg (JC)
20th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image single reported from Loch Dunvegan fish farm (per M.Cullen)
19th Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 28 at the head of Loch Harport (ST)
19th Mar 2015 Wigeon 28 at Lusa, Broadford (A&EH)
19th Mar 2015 Wheatear View Image a bird on Rum is probably the first for the area (SM)
18th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in Staffin Bay (RMcM)
18th Mar 2015 Shelduck 6 at Ardnish, Broadford (PP)
18th Mar 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image still a single at Ullinish (PS)
18th Mar 2015 House Sparrow View Image singles recorded 16-18th with two on the 17th - a rare bird on Rum (SM)
17th Mar 2015 Little Gull View Image adult at Brogaig, Staffin (TB)
17th Mar 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image two on the Storr Lochs (TB)
17th Mar 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Uig Bay (ML)
17th Mar 2015 Ptarmigan View Image single near the summit of Blaven (NH) & two yesterday on Beinn na Caillich (B.MacDonald)
16th Mar 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image 12 in Broadford Bay off Lusa (RMcM)
16th Mar 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 30 between Lusa and the Skye Bridge + 3 Slavonian Grebes (RMcM)
15th Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 8 north over Lower Milovaig (AS) & 43 north through Strath Mor at the head of Loch Slapin (PP)
15th Mar 2015 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image 1st single back at Lower Milovaig (AS)
15th Mar 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Loch Brittle + 5 Red-throated Divers & 2 Black-throated Divers (RMcM)
15th Mar 2015 Common Scoter two in Loch Brittle (RMcM)
15th Mar 2015 Gannet single in outer Loch Pooltiel (AS)
15th Mar 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image single at dusk at Ullinish (PS)
14th Mar 2015 Greenshank two at Loch Beag, Struan, & 14 Teal (ST)
14th Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 8 at Loch Suardal, Dunveganl (ST)
13th Mar 2015 Water Rail several on Rum including one in Sean's garden at Kinloch (SM)(see Gallery)
13th Mar 2015 Slavonian Grebe 6 at Port-an-eorna/Bagh an t-Srathaidh near Duirinish including one in full summer plumage (BN)
13th Mar 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 8 between Drumbuie-Duirinish, Lochalsh & a single Black-throated Diver (BN)
12th Mar 2015 Skylark View Image 30 at Ardmore, Waternish (MP)
10th Mar 2015 Magpie single at Highland Life Museum at Hungladder (TH) - about to enjoy its 2nd spring so hope it has better luck finding a mate!
10th Mar 2015 Merlin View Image probable female at Waterloo, Broadford (JJ)
10th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in Uig Bay (S.Duffield)
8th Mar 2015 Moorhen single at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (RMcM)
8th Mar 2015 Lapwing 18 at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath + 20 Fieldfare(RMcM)
8th Mar 2015 Wigeon 43 at Loch Portree + 6 Teal (TB)
8th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image 3rd winter at Bayfield, Portree(TB) - look for more as 72 were reported in the Butt of Lewis area today!
8th Mar 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 100+ at Kilmaluag (J.Young)
8th Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 16 at Harlosh Point then 21 at Pool Roag shortly afterwards (B.Killington)
7th Mar 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 23 at Camus a Mhor, Gedintailor (WM)
7th Mar 2015 Merlin View Image male at Portree (TB)
6th Mar 2015 Goosander View Image 6 at Kylerhea (P.Robson)
5th Mar 2015 Grey Wagtail View Image single in field at Dunhallin, Waternish (N.LeMay)
5th Mar 2015 Barn Owl View Image single at Tormore, Sleat (T.Godfrey)
4th Mar 2015 Rock Pipit 20 at Kirkton Bay + 15 Skylarks (BN)
4th Mar 2015 Tufted Duck View Image 4 at Loch Mealt (NH)
4th Mar 2015 Fieldfare View Image c30 near Clachan,Staffin (RMcM)
4th Mar 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 75 on Staffin Island & 120 at Kilmaluag(RMcM)
4th Mar 2015 Lapwing 18 on Staffin Island(RMcM)
4th Mar 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juveniles at Balmacqueen(RMcM) and at Hallin, Waternish ((R.Arnold)
4th Mar 2015 Skylark View Image 15+ at Hallin, Waternish (RArnold) & 18 at Kilmuir & 6 Meadow Pipits(RMcM)
4th Mar 2015 Greenland White-fronted Goose 15 at Chailluim Chille, Trotternish and a single Pink-footed Goose with Greylags (RMcM)
4th Mar 2015 Barn Owl View Image single at Scullamus, Broadford (MMcM)
4th Mar 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 8 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (PS)
4th Mar 2015 Skylark View Image c40 at Ardmore, Waternish (SP)
3rd Mar 2015 Merlin View Image another bird harassing passerines at feeders at Kilbryde, Torrin (JJ) - three recent records suggest either breeding birds returning or migrants passing through.
3rd Mar 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male near Kingsburgh, Trotternish (NH)
2nd Mar 2015 Merlin View Image plucky bird mobbing a pair of White-tails at Upper Milovaig (AS)
1st Mar 2015 Rock Pipit 25 at Kyleakin Obbe (MB)

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