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 May 2015 House Sparrow View Image young leucistic bird photographed at Lower Milovaig (AS)(see Gallery)- with an identical bird at Ose (C.Millington)
31st May 2015 Tree Pipit View Image at least two territories at Reay woodland, Armadale (RMcM)
30th May 2015 Red-throated Diver View Image pair on the Storr Lochs (G.Barber)
30th May 2015 Whooper Swan View Image straggler still at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (G.Barber)
30th May 2015 Ring Ouzel View Image report of adult carrying food on Ben Tianavaig (per ST)
30th May 2015 Long-eared Owl View Image successfully bred Traigh, Morar with several nearly fledged young (SMacD)
28th May 2015 Common Redpoll still visiting feeders at Uig along with c12 Lesser redpolls (ML)
28th May 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Uig Bay (ML)
26th May 2015 Common Redpoll single still visiting feeders at Uig (M.Lumb)
26th May 2015 Whooper Swan View Image single at Ardmore, Waternish (SP)
25th May 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image single ar Rubha Hunish (TH)
25th May 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Uig Bay (ML)
25th May 2015 Long-eared Owl View Image one near Idrigill Point (H.Martin)
24th May 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image three heading north off Arisaig (R.Dyer)
24th May 2015 Iceland Gull View Image single at Tulm Bay (J.Savioz)
23rd May 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image 2nd year bird at Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC)
23rd May 2015 Whimbrel View Image single on Clachan Bay, Raasay (MP)
23rd May 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in the Sound of Raasay (PE)
23rd May 2015 Wheatear View Image still leucorhoa types passing through with birds at Scullamus (RMcM) - see gallery for a good example of the two races by Andy Stables.
22nd May 2015 Twite View Image another report of a colour ringed bird from Upper Halistra, Waternish on May 8 (C.Matheson) looks as if it has been ringed in winter at Heysham in Lancs
22nd May 2015 Black Redstart View Image confirmed female at Gaeltech, Dunvegan (RMcM)(see Gallery)
22nd May 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image single off Idrigill Point, Uig (H.Martin)
22nd May 2015 Whinchat View Image at least four territories occupied in Pool Roag/Greshornish areas (RMcM) (see Gallery)
22nd May 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile again at Uig Bay (ML)
21st May 2015 Black Redstart View Image a bird was found at Gaeltec, Dunvegan (M.Fawkes et al) - this is only the 6th record for Skye and the first since 2011.
20th May 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in Uig Bay (ML)
20th May 2015 Red Kite View Image one at Luib (R. Thornton &R Charlesworth)
20th May 2015 Wheatear View Image 5+ at Trumpan, Waternish included included several leucorhoa types (M.Crutch) (see Gallery)
20th May 2015 Turtle Dove bird seen again at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig (SMacD)
19th May 2015 Blackcap View Image pair at Ferrindonald, Sleat (J.Dawber)and a singing male at Talisker House (M.Crutch)
19th May 2015 Canada Goose View Image now 5 at Breakish Obbe with Greylags (PP)
19th May 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image single near the Fairy Bridge (Jonathan Jones)
19th May 2015 Spotted Flycatcher View Image single reported from Uig Woods (ML)
19th May 2015 Common Tern View Image 30 in the Narrows of Raasay & 17 in Balmeanach Bay (WM)
19th May 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image five two miles off Arisaig (R.Dyer) + two different Arctic Skuas between Arisaig & Eigg
18th May 2015 Canada Goose View Image single with grey lags at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (ST)
18th May 2015 Tree Sparrow still two at Lower Milovaig (A&AS)
18th May 2015 Linnet 5 pairs near Orbost (A&AS)
18th May 2015 Blackcap View Image one in Glen Brittle (M.Crutch) and two singing near Orbost (A&AS)
18th May 2015 Common Whitethroat View Image one in Glen Brittle (M.Crutch), three singing near Orbost (A&AS) and singing birds at Broadford & Harrapool (MB)
18th May 2015 Spotted Flycatcher View Image birds back at Old Corry, Broadford (MB)
18th May 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image single between Arisaig & Eigg (R.Dyer)
17th May 2015 Tree Sparrow still visiting feeders at Lower Milovaig + a pair of Linnets (AS); also single Tree Sparrow at Kildonan, Eigg for the last four days.
17th May 2015 Whooper Swan View Image straggler still at Loch Suardal (PS)
17th May 2015 Brent Goose View Image two on Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
17th May 2015 Greylag Goose View Image pair with 8 goslings on Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
17th May 2015 Spotted Flycatcher View Image one in Kildonan Glen, Eigg (JC)
17th May 2015 Golden Plover 32 on The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
17th May 2015 Turtle Dove bird seen & photographed at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig ( per SMacD)
17th May 2015 Lapwing 7 alarming birds over territories at South Culdrach (CH)
16th May 2015 Tree Sparrow two at feeders Lower Milovaig (AS)
16th May 2015 Merlin View Image single reported chasing a pipit at Loch Dughaill (H.Martin)
15th May 2015 Grasshopper Warbler two reeling birds at Tote (CH)
15th May 2015 Whimbrel View Image two in Plockton Bay (JS)
15th May 2015 Dotterel View Image two on Bruach na Frith yesterday were possibly passage birds (Spencer Robson)
14th May 2015 Whitethroat View Image pair nest building and several other in territory at Tarskavaig (H.Martin)
14th May 2015 Whimbrel View Image two at Tarskavaig (H.Martin)
14th May 2015 Whinchat View Image pair at Tarskavaig (H.Martin)
14th May 2015 Canada Goose View Image two with Greylags at Loch Treaslane (DFMacD)
14th May 2015 Blackcap View Image in garden at Portree (MMacD)
14th May 2015 Grasshopper Warbler two territorial birds at Leiter Fura, Kinloch (TH)
14th May 2015 Iceland Gull View Image one in the Sound of Raasay (PE)
13th May 2015 Grasshopper Warbler one reeling early morning at Clachan, Staffin (SP)
13th May 2015 Common Redpoll still visiting feeders in Uig ((ML)
11th May 2015 Yellowhammer unusual report of a male feeding on spilt seed in garden at Lonemore, Dunvegan (A.Woods) - this species has not been recorded in North Skye for many years.
11th May 2015 Canada Goose View Image pair now at Lusa (P&RD)
11th May 2015 Whimbrel View Image 5 near Hallin, Waternish (P.Evans)
11th May 2015 Whooper Swan View Image straggler still at Loch Suardal (P.Evans)
11th May 2015 Tawny Owl alarming bird in Dunvegan Woods possibly had young nearby (D.Brown)
10th May 2015 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Tote (CH)
10th May 2015 Tree Sparrow two on garden feeders at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
9th May 2015 Blackcap View Image single, maybe two birds at Claigan, Dunvegan (MMcI)
9th May 2015 Whimbrel View Image three at the Coral Beaches, Dunvegan (RA)
9th May 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image single from the Stornaway ferry north of Skye (ML)
9th May 2015 Arctic Tern View Image c10 on the crossing between Arisaig & Eigg (DCJ)
9th May 2015 Corncrake View Image one calling near Laig on Eigg (DCJ) & several birds now back on Trotternish & Waternish on Skye (SP) - see recent Blog.
9th May 2015 Whitethroat View Image one at the north end of the Saddle on Eigg (DCJ)
9th May 2015 Blackcap View Image 4 singing males around Eigg House & a Chiffchaff (DCJ)
8th May 2015 Diary Date Martin Benson is leading a SWT Group walk on Ardnish on Saturday 16th May - see News & Events for details
8th May 2015 White Wagtail View Image singles at Portree co-op car park (N.Hinchliff) and at Ramasaig Bay (AS)
8th May 2015 Whimbrel View Image two at Ramasaig Bay (AS)
7th May 2015 Whimbrel View Image 11 flew over Broadford Bay + 4 in the Waterloo area (RMcM et al)
7th May 2015 White Wagtail View Image at least three in the Waterloo/Ardnish area + several leucorhoa type Wheatears (RMcM)
7th May 2015 Twite View Image a colour ringed bird at Morar (see Gallery) was ringed on 14.3.15 on Deeside Naturalists Reserve, Flintshire - other colour ringed birds at Waterstein were ringed in 2012 at the Ythan Estuary (SMacD, W.Mann et al)
7th May 2015 Dunlin View Image numbers building up with 130+ in Broadford Bay (MB)
7th May 2015 Arctic Skua View Image 7 dark phase birds in a flock off Soay (R.Dyer from MV Sheerwater)
7th May 2015 Red-backed Shrike a male was reported on 'Birdguides ' at Portnalong today - any other details would be welcome.
7th May 2015 Whooper Swan View Image straggler also on Loch Shiel, Lochalsh (RC)
6th May 2015 Whimbrel View Image three at Sconser Golf Course (RMcM)
6th May 2015 Whooper Swan View Image still a straggler at Loch Suardal (RMcM)
6th May 2015 Spotted Flycatcher View Image first report at Treaslane Woods (DFMacDonald)
6th May 2015 Common Redpoll one on feeders at Uig along with Lesser Redpolls (ML)
5th May 2015 Grasshopper Warbler Reeling bird at Glen Brittle near the Fairy Pools path (A.McKee)
4th May 2015 Tern sp 4 back at their breeding island at Loch Treaslane (DFMacD)
4th May 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile again in Uig Bay (ML)
4th May 2015 Wheatear View Image noted influx with c50 on Ardnish (EH) and c12 at Lower Milovaig including a number of leucorhoa types (AS)
4th May 2015 Grasshopper Warbler Reeling bird in Broadford + a Sedge Warbler (MB)
4th May 2015 Knot single in Broadford. Bay (MB)
3rd May 2015 Whimbrel View Image two at Camas Malag, Torrin (RMcM)
3rd May 2015 Magpie single reported from the art Cafe at Ellishader (TB) (coincidentally there is presently a bird at the Butt of Lewis which is the first record for the Western Isles)
3rd May 2015 Blackcap View Image at least 5 singing birds in the Armadale castle policies + a Chiffchaff (RMcM)
3rd May 2015 Twite View Image 55 at the new football pitch in Broadford (MB)
3rd May 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 12 in Broadford Bay + a single Black-throated Diver (MB)
3rd May 2015 Common Scoter two females in Broadford Bay (MB)
2nd May 2015 White-tailed Eagle View Image The RSPB has a new hide at Kylerhea which is open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays inclusive, and is free to visit. The hide has views over the narrows and is a good place to watch the interactions between hunting seals, great black backed gulls and a sea eagle. The sea eagle is regularly seen catching fish or chasing gulls and robbing them. The hide has binoculars and a telescope and information on local wildlife.
2nd May 2015 Sedge Warbler View Image singing bird at Lower Milovaig (AS)
2nd May 2015 Twite View Image reports of birds at Mallaig & Morar using nyger feeders (SMacD) (see Blog & Gallery); similar behaviour reported Waternish (RA)
2nd May 2015 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Portnalong (ST)
2nd May 2015 Common Scoter three in Broadford Bay (MB)
2nd May 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 25 in Broadford Bay and flew north (MB) (see Gallery)
2nd May 2015 Ptarmigan View Image single at 2350’ on Beinn Dearg Mhor (A.Donald)
1st May 2015 Common Whitethroat View Image bird at Portnalong (W.Brown)
1st May 2015 Whinchat View Image singing male at Cuagach, Eigg (JC); also a male at Scullamus, Breakish (RMcM)
1st May 2015 Whimbrel View Image single in Broadford Bay (H.Martin)

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