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 Apr 2015 Sedge Warbler View Image singing bird at Scullamus, Breakish (RMcM)
30th Apr 2015 Whimbrel View Image 9 at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM)(see Gallery)
30th Apr 2015 Canada Goose View Image pair on Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
30th Apr 2015 Grasshopper Warbler one reeling at Clachan Church, Applecross (P.Chamberlain)
30th Apr 2015 Common Tern View Image 5 probables off Arisaig (RD)
29th Apr 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
29th Apr 2015 Sedge Warbler View Image singing bird at Portnalong (W.Brown)
29th Apr 2015 Arctic Skua View Image dark phase bird between Eigg and Arisaig (RD)
28th Apr 2015 Whooper Swan View Image straggler at Loch Shiel, Lochalsh (RMcM)
27th Apr 2015 Nuthatch late news of a bird visiting feeders in Broadford on 19th April (L.Flavelle) - this is the first record for Skye since a historical report in 1885!! (see Gallery & Blog)
27th Apr 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Uig Bay (H.Martin)
27th Apr 2015 Golden Plover c130 at Ardmore, Waternish (SP) & 17 at Elgol (RMcM)(see Gallery)
27th Apr 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 13 at Ardmore, Waternish (SP)
27th Apr 2015 Goshawk probable female seen at Waternish forest (Jon Jones)
26th Apr 2015 Whimbrel View Image 3 at Neist Point & a single at Pool Roag (RMcM)
26th Apr 2015 Great Skua View Image 7 at Neist Point (RMcM)
26th Apr 2015 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image 32 at Loch Caroy (RMcM)
26th Apr 2015 Eider count of 61 round the fish cages at Portnalong (JT)
25th Apr 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image for details of an amazing encounter between a Black-throated and Great Northern Diver at Kilmarie, Loch Slapin yesterday see the Blog (RMcM)
25th Apr 2015 Canada Goose View Image pair now at Kyleakin Obbe (S.Wells)
25th Apr 2015 Long-tailed Duck View Image female still at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton (JS)
25th Apr 2015 Whimbrel View Image 8 at Waterloo, Broadford (N.Hinchliff)
24th Apr 2015 Turnstone 30 at Kilmarie, Loch Slapin (RMcM)(see Gallery)
24th Apr 2015 Tufted Duck View Image pair at Loch Cillchroisd (RMcM)
23rd Apr 2015 Pink-footed Goose View Image single at Ardnish with Greylags (this bird occurs annually and is thought to be a feral type) (RMcM)
23rd Apr 2015 Canada Goose View Image pair at Ardnish flew off east (RMcM)
23rd Apr 2015 Long-tailed Duck View Image female still at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton (JS)
23rd Apr 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 33 in Broadford Bay off Lusa (RMcM)
22nd Apr 2015 Blackcap View Image singing birds at Portnalong (ST), Broadford Industrial Estate (MB) and Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BN)
22nd Apr 2015 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles in Waternish, one in a field at the west end of Hallin and the other at Ardmore (RMcM) (see Gallery)
22nd Apr 2015 Chiffchaff singing bird at Staffin (TH, PE)
22nd Apr 2015 Corncrake View Image first calling bird back in Trotternish (per SP)
21st Apr 2015 Canada Goose View Image two at Breakish Obbe (PP)
21st Apr 2015 Tree Sparrow one at Millers Cottage garden on Eigg (JC)
21st Apr 2015 White Wagtail View Image 6 at Lady Runciman's beach on Eigg (JC) & 4 at Camas Malag, Torrin (RMcM) (see Gallery)
21st Apr 2015 Common Sandpiper View Image single at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (ST) & two at Harrapool (A&EH)
21st Apr 2015 Redwing View Image straggler in Broadford (GY)
21st Apr 2015 Whimbrel View Image four in Broadford Bay (MB) & 6 at Armadale (N.Hinchliff)
21st Apr 2015 Whimbrel View Image single in Broadford Bay (MB)
20th Apr 2015 Blackcap View Image singing male at Lower Milovaig & a Chiffchaff (AS)
20th Apr 2015 Tree Sparrow single on feeders at Lower Milovaig, the first there since 2008 (AS)(see Gallery)
20th Apr 2015 Long-tailed Duck View Image female still on Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton (JS)
20th Apr 2015 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image good numbers moving through with 20 at the head of Loch Caroy (RMcM)(see Gallery)
20th Apr 2015 Shelduck 15 at Pool Roag and 6 at the head of Loch Caroy (RMcM)
20th Apr 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Waternish Farm (R.Arnold)
20th Apr 2015 Twite View Image 50 at Ashaig, Broadford (A&EH) and 30 at Penifiler (TB)
20th Apr 2015 Ringed Plover View Image numbers building up in Broadford Bay with 105, + 35 Dunlin, 14 Turnstone & 8 Bar-tailed Godwits (MB)
20th Apr 2015 White Wagtail View Image two at Harrapool(MB)and a single at Feorlig (RMcM)
19th Apr 2015 Whinchat View Image male at Scullamus, Breakish (RMcM)
19th Apr 2015 Grasshopper Warbler first of the year, with reeling birds at Fairy Bridge, Waternish (C.Reynolds) & Nostie, Lochalsh (MB)
19th Apr 2015 Chiffchaff two singing birds at Glenelg and a single at Kyleakin (MB)
19th Apr 2015 Blackcap View Image a singing bird at Glenelg(MB)
19th Apr 2015 Tree Pipit View Image singing birds near Nostie(MB) and Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BN)
19th Apr 2015 White Wagtail View Image single at Uig Pier (N.Hinchliff)
19th Apr 2015 Sand Martin View Image three in territory at Lonemore, Dunvegan (D.Brown) + several reports of Swallows which are slowly arriving.
19th Apr 2015 Common Sandpiper View Image one at Loch Pooltiel (AS)
18th Apr 2015 Cuckoo after yesterday's mass influx, calling birds at Fanks (J.McKay), Portnalong, Loch Suardal (ST), and Rum (SM)
18th Apr 2015 Pink-footed Goose View Image skeins of c120 & 25 north over Broadford (RMcM); 40 north at Braes (C.Atkins)
18th Apr 2015 Brent Goose View Image 5 pale bellied at Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Apr 2015 Slavonian Grebe four in breeding plumage in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Apr 2015 White Wagtail View Image on Loch Slapin, two at Kilmarie and five at Camas Malag (RMcM )
18th Apr 2015 Twite View Image 28 on new Broadford football field (MB)
18th Apr 2015 Red-throated Diver View Image 5 at Talisker Bay (C.Reynolds)
17th Apr 2015 Common Sandpiper View Image singles at Harrapool (MB) and The Aird, Gedintailor (WM), with two at Rubha an Dunain (PP)
17th Apr 2015 Cuckoo wall to wall reports today with calling birds at Aros, Portree (TH); one near Broadford (G.Yoxon) & others at Loch Cillchroisd, Torrin (H.Martin), Ose (C.Millington), Lephin, Glendale (per AS) , Isleornsay (RC) & Gedintailor (C.Atkins); also one at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, which is the 1st record for Lochalsh (C.Wylie)
17th Apr 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 7 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (RMcM) and 25 at Loch Eishort (G.Yoxon)
17th Apr 2015 Whimbrel View Image two at Rubha an Dunain (PP)
17th Apr 2015 Golden Plover 20 at Rubha an Dunain (PP)
17th Apr 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 6 at Rubha an Dunain (PP)
17th Apr 2015 Great Skua View Image 4 at Rubha an Dunain (PP)
17th Apr 2015 Auks 2-300 per hour going south at Neist Point, mainly Razorbills (AS)
17th Apr 2015 Blackcap View Image singing bird at Isleornsay (RC)
17th Apr 2015 Long-tailed Duck View Image female still at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton, with three Goldeneye (C.Wylie)
16th Apr 2015 Long-tailed Duck View Image female still at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton (M.Bliss)
16th Apr 2015 Swallow single at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton (M.Bliss)
16th Apr 2015 Willow Warbler View Image singing birds at Ceann an Uib, Plockton (M.Bliss)
16th Apr 2015 Chiffchaff singing bird at Ceann an Uib, Plockton (M.Bliss)
16th Apr 2015 Linnet single bird back in Lower Milovaig + 5 Redwing (AS)
16th Apr 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image skein of 120 north over Lower Milovaig (AS)
16th Apr 2015 Whimbrel View Image one over Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC)
16th Apr 2015 Common Sandpiper View Image first report of the year Sallachy, Loch Long (PS)
16th Apr 2015 Great Skua View Image pair off Erbusaig, Loch carron (M.Bliss)
16th Apr 2015 Sand Martin View Image 7 in the River Snizort at Peiness (JK)
16th Apr 2015 Swallow 4 over The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
16th Apr 2015 Twite View Image 6 at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
16th Apr 2015 Magpie single near Elgol (I.MacKinnon)
16th Apr 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 65 in scattered roosting groups between Lusa and Skye Bridge (RMcM)
16th Apr 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image 14 in a group east of Lusa (RMcM)
15th Apr 2015 Willow Warbler View Image singing birds at Broadford Industrial Estate (MB) and Scullamus (RMcM)
15th Apr 2015 Canada Goose View Image two at Breakish Obbe (PP)
15th Apr 2015 Swallow still scarce with a single at Kyleakin (A&EH)
14th Apr 2015 Long-tailed Duck View Image female still at Loch Achnahinich, Lochalsh - along with 4 Goldeneye (RMcM)
14th Apr 2015 Linnet on feeders at Ullinish (PS)
14th Apr 2015 Redwing View Image 80+ in Uig wood (ML)
14th Apr 2015 Sand Martin View Image two at Harrapool (MB)
13th Apr 2015 Magpie single at Drumbuie this morning (C.McLeod)
12th Apr 2015 Meadow Pipit View Image influx of passage birds with 100 at Lower Milovaig & c300 on Upper Milovaig loop walk (A&AS)
12th Apr 2015 Swallow single at Morar (SMacD)
12th Apr 2015 Golden Plover 49 at Traigh (SMacD)
11th Apr 2015 Reed Bunting View Image 6 males visiting Portree garden (TB)
10th Apr 2015 Sand Martin View Image 6 at Uig (S.Duffield)
10th Apr 2015 Willow Warbler View Image singing birds at Portnalong (ST) & near Teangue ( DCJ)
10th Apr 2015 Chiffchaff singing birds at Isleornsay (RC,DCJ)
10th Apr 2015 Whinchat View Image an early returning female at Lochlonghead (PS)
10th Apr 2015 Golden Plover 10 at Lower Breakish (PP)
10th Apr 2015 Swallow singles reported at Isleornsay (RC), Uig (S.Duffield) and Kildonan (J.MacKay); 6 at Peiness (TH)
10th Apr 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 105 at Staffin Island (CC)
10th Apr 2015 Puffin c20 off the Point of Sleat (C.Hawley)
10th Apr 2015 Long-tailed Duck View Image female at Loch Achnahinich, Lochalsh (Jan Storie) - a scarce record for Lochalsh.
9th Apr 2015 Cuckoo first calling bird at Kensaleyre from 0530 hours! (S.Clarke) - so far this is the first report for Scotland this spring.
9th Apr 2015 Swallow single at Scullamus Moss, Breakish (RMcM) and two over Kildonan Hayfield, Eigg (JC); later singles at Harrapool (MB) and Lower Milovaig (AS)
9th Apr 2015 Chiffchaff singing birds at Kinloch, Rum (SM) and Glenelg (DCJ)
9th Apr 2015 Pintail a scarce spring record with a pair at Ardmore, Waternish + a single Whooper ( R.Arnold)
9th Apr 2015 Ring Ouzel View Image one near the Needle on the Storr (C.Corrigan)
9th Apr 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image a big count of 185 at Staffin Island possibly includes some migrants (CC); 60 scoped on Isay (G.McCracken)
9th Apr 2015 Sand Martin View Image three at Harrapool (MB)
9th Apr 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 6 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (G.McCracken)
9th Apr 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 5 at Lovaig Bayl, Dunvegan (G.McCracken)
9th Apr 2015 House Martin View Image first report from Aros, Portree (S.Tait)
8th Apr 2015 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter bird at Waternish Point (C.Corrigan)
8th Apr 2015 Manx Shearwater View Image single bird at Waternish Point (C.Corrigan)
8th Apr 2015 Great Skua View Image single bird at Waternish Point & now 4 on Staffin Island (C.Corrigan)
8th Apr 2015 Canada Goose View Image two with Greylags at Loch Caroy (M.Sellars)
8th Apr 2015 Redwing View Image on Waternish, still 100 at Hallin and 60 at Trumpan (CC); and 100 at Harrapool (M.Smith)
8th Apr 2015 Wigeon 94 at Nostie Bay (DM)
8th Apr 2015 Chiffchaff singing bird at Morar (SMacD)
7th Apr 2015 Redwing View Image still good numbers moving through with 60 at Edinbane (B.Killington) and 100 at Earlish (NH)
7th Apr 2015 Sanderling View Image single on Glen Brittle beach (M.Davies)
7th Apr 2015 Slavonian Grebe single in breeding plumage at Kirkton Bay (BN)
7th Apr 2015 Great Skua View Image two back in territory on Staffin Island (C.Corrigan)
6th Apr 2015 Redwing View Image c100 at Isleornsay (RC);60 at Rhenetra (I.Norris); 150 at Penifiler (TH); 25 at Lower Milovaig (AS)& good numbers round Trotternish (C.Corrigan) & 100+ at Claigan (G.McCracken); 200 at Hallin, Waternish (RA) & 50 at Upper Tote (CH)
6th Apr 2015 Greenshank calling bird at Isleornsay (RC) and pair back in territory at Scullamus, Broadford (RMcM); also pairs at Heaste (RMcM), Uig Bay (ML) and Lochlonghead (PS)
6th Apr 2015 White Wagtail View Image single at Heaste (RMcM)
6th Apr 2015 Wheatear View Image notable movement with c20 on Beinn Tianavaig (TH); also two at Lealt (CH)
6th Apr 2015 Puffin two close in at Rubha Hunish (C.Corrigan)and three in the Sound of Raasay (PE)
6th Apr 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 120 counted on Isay (L.Mitchell)
5th Apr 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 72 on Staffin Island (C.Corrigan)
5th Apr 2015 Wheatear View Image two at Staffin Slipway (C.Corrigan) & and singles at Feorlig (RMcM) and Ardmore, Waternish (R.Arnold)
5th Apr 2015 Slavonian Grebe two in summer plumage off Ard Dorch (T.Swainbank)
5th Apr 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Uig Pier (M.Lumb)
5th Apr 2015 Pink-footed Goose View Image c80 north over Breakish Obbe (A&EH)
5th Apr 2015 Sanderling View Image two on Glenbrittle beach (JT)
5th Apr 2015 Puffin single off Kilt Rock (C.Corrigan)
4th Apr 2015 Greenshank passage bird at Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC) and territorial birds back display flighting at Lusa (RMcM)
4th Apr 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image flock of 19 probable sub-adult birds roosting off Lusa, Broadford Bay + 15 Great Northern Divers (RMcM)
4th Apr 2015 Whooper Swan View Image still 5 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (G.McCracken)
4th Apr 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile again at Hallin, Waternish (R.Arnold)
3rd Apr 2015 Slavonian Grebe four at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
3rd Apr 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Luib(RMcM)(see Gallery)
3rd Apr 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 9 between Plockton Light house and Frithard Bay (M. Bliss)
3rd Apr 2015 Iceland Gull View Image two 2nd winters at Kishorn (M. Bliss) & juveniles at Ardvarsar (PE) and Kilmory, Rum (SM)
3rd Apr 2015 Shelduck 11 at Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
3rd Apr 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 4 north over Rum (SM)
2nd Apr 2015 Willow Warbler View Image report from CamusCroise, Sleat (RC)
2nd Apr 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 4 over The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
2nd Apr 2015 Pink-footed Goose View Image c100 probables over Gedintailor (C. Atkins)
2nd Apr 2015 Wheatear View Image male at Balmeanach Bay (WM)
2nd Apr 2015 Red-throated Diver View Image pair briefly at Loch Achnanhinich, Plockton (E.Stanley)
1st Apr 2015 Manx Shearwater View Image 6 off Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
1st Apr 2015 Jack Snipe View Image single at Lower Milovaig (AS)

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