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 Jul 2015 Sanderling View Image 16 at Ashaig & 2 at Harrapool (RMcM)
31st Jul 2015 Merlin View Image male at Sconser (RC)
31st Jul 2015 Long-eared Owl View Image recently fledged bird at Dunhallin, Waternish (R&A Arnold) (see Gallery)
31st Jul 2015 Grasshopper Warbler still a reeling bird at Tote (CH)
30th Jul 2015 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Staffin Bay (CH)
29th Jul 2015 Great Skua View Image up to 9 over Pabay where they are probably breeding (RMcM)
29th Jul 2015 Arctic Skua View Image up to 4 birds in Broadford Bay (DB)
29th Jul 2015 Bullfinch recently fledged young at Plockton (JS) and at Armadale Castle (RMcM) (see Gallery)
29th Jul 2015 Spotted Flycatcher View Image recently fledged young at Armadale Castle (RMcM) (see Gallery)
29th Jul 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image a pair of non-breeders on a loch in Sleat (L.French)
28th Jul 2015 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image female at Blackhill, Edinbane (C.Reynolds)
28th Jul 2015 Oystercatcher c200 in Broadford Bay with 100+ at Harrapool & 90+ at Ashaig (RMcM)
28th Jul 2015 Arctic Skua View Image two in Broadford Bay & a Great Skua (DB)
28th Jul 2015 Arctic Skua View Image single in Broadford Bay (M.Thornton)
27th Jul 2015 Knot 10 summer plumage birds at Waterloo (DB)
26th Jul 2015 Sandwich Tern View Image 4 in Broadford Bay (MB)
26th Jul 2015 Merlin View Image single on the Struan- Portree hill road at Woodend (PE)
26th Jul 2015 Great Skua View Image 8 over Staffin Island (DB)
26th Jul 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image single near the head of Loch Ainort (DB)
26th Jul 2015 Twite View Image flock of 25 at Tote (CH)
26th Jul 2015 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Tote (CH)
25th Jul 2015 Sanderling View Image 4 at Harrapool & 45+ Curlew on Gleason Eilean (MB)
25th Jul 2015 Whimbrel View Image single at Waterloo + 97 Oystercatchers (D.Blakesley)
23rd Jul 2015 Spotted Flycatcher View Image three young fledged from nest at Moorlands, Waterloo (M.Brown)
23rd Jul 2015 Short-eared owl View Image single at the head of Loch Ainort (A.Hickey)
22nd Jul 2015 Grasshopper Warbler late reeling bird at Rhenetra (I.Norris)
22nd Jul 2015 Swift continuing the recent run of records, single at Kyleakin (A.Hickey)
22nd Jul 2015 Pipistrelle Bat one in broad daylight at Harrapool on 22.7.15 (MB) (see Gallery other wildlife)
21st Jul 2015 Hobby a scarce vagrant, one was seen and photographed near Struan yesterday (B.Simons)(see Gallery)
21st Jul 2015 Oystercatcher c200 in Broadford Bay (G.Jones)
21st Jul 2015 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 6 at Loch Portree + 6 Greenshank (TB)
21st Jul 2015 Knot 2 at Loch Portree + 23 Redshank (TB)
20th Jul 2015 Treecreeper at least two fledged birds at Skeabost (G.Jones)
20th Jul 2015 Swift single at Lower Breakish (PP)
20th Jul 2015 Red-throated Diver View Image at least two pairs on Sleat lochs with young (C.Wylie)
19th Jul 2015 Whimbrel View Image two at Breakish Obbe ((PP)
19th Jul 2015 Grey Wagtail View Image fledged broods at Ashaig, Harrapool and at Kilmarie (MB, RMcM)
18th Jul 2015 Knot two at Broadford Bay (MB) (see Gallery)
18th Jul 2015 Lapwing c35 at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (Ewan Pritchard)
18th Jul 2015 Spotted Flycatcher View Image fledged young at Armadale Castle yesterday and Kilmarie, Strathaird today (Ewan Pritchard)
18th Jul 2015 Sanderling View Image 26 at Broadford Bay (MB) & excellent peak count of 61 at Traigh (SMacD)
18th Jul 2015 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 16 at Breakish Obbe (PP) & still 9 at Traigh (SMacD)
18th Jul 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image summering bird in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
18th Jul 2015 Whimbrel View Image 4 at Ashaig which headed south at high tide (RMcM)
17th Jul 2015 Whimbrel View Image 3 in Broadford Bay (MB) & a single at Ashaig later (RMcM)
17th Jul 2015 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in full summer plumage at Ashaig (A&EH) & 9 at Traigh, Morar, later (SMacD)
17th Jul 2015 Knot a single in Broadford Bay & c20 Dunlin (RMcM)
17th Jul 2015 Redshank 13 at Ashaig (A&EH) & 21 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
16th Jul 2015 Common Scoter male still in Broadford Bay (S.Tull) & 12+ in sound of Raasay (PE)
14th Jul 2015 Greylag Goose View Image 54 at Ashaig including goslings (A&EH)
14th Jul 2015 Knot 3 at Ashaig & 23 Redshanks (A&EH) - migrants starting to move!
14th Jul 2015 Sabine's Gull 1st summer bird east of Staffin Island from Hebridean Whale Cruises out of Gairloch (ND)
14th Jul 2015 Common Scoter male in Broadford Bay (MB)
13th Jul 2015 Puffin 60+ noted in Trodday sound & birds noted nest prospecting on Trodday itself (MB, RMcM et al)
13th Jul 2015 Kittiwake c200 pairs in two colonies between Balmacquien & Flodigarry (MB, RMcM et al)
13th Jul 2015 Arctic Tern View Image c25 pairs on Sgeir na Eireann, Flodigarry (MB, RMcM et al)
12th Jul 2015 Eider c200 now in moulting flock off Ard Dorch & Luib (RMcM)
12th Jul 2015 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 28 in moulting flock at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
12th Jul 2015 Jackdaw a good count of 50 at Uigshader (JK)
12th Jul 2015 Grey Wagtail View Image single at Upper Milovaig (AS)
10th Jul 2015 Blackcap View Image males still singing at Kinloch, Broadford, Glasnakille & Dunvegan...seem to be more birds this year with many unpaired males ? (RMcM)
9th Jul 2015 Corncrake View Image still two birds heard calling at Trumpan Church, Waternish (S.Taylor)
8th Jul 2015 Hen Harrier View Image for a summary of the 2015 season, see the Blog.
7th Jul 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image one in full summer plumage at Waterloo (S.Ainsworth)
6th Jul 2015 Corncrake View Image at least one calling bird on Isay (RMcM et al)
6th Jul 2015 Greylag Goose View Image c250 in various rafts of moulting birds round Isay, Mingay & Sgeir nam Beist which included some goslings (RMcM et al)
6th Jul 2015 Redshank a surprisingly scarce breeding bird on Skye, there was a pair with probable young on Isay + 3 pairs of Lapwing (RMcM et al)(see Blog & Gallery)
6th Jul 2015 Goosander View Image 14 in Morvich Bay (AMcN)
5th Jul 2015 Turtle Dove again reported at Calligarry, Sleat (per K.MacAskill)
5th Jul 2015 Great Skua View Image up to 9 on Staffin Island (MP)
5th Jul 2015 Sandwich Tern View Image 3 in Staffin bay most of week (MP)
4th Jul 2015 Turtle Dove another report, this time from Calligarry, Sleat (K.MacAskill)
2nd Jul 2015 Eider moulting flock of c130 at the entrance to Loch Ainort (RMcM)
2nd Jul 2015 Red Grouse pair with 4 young on the wing near Creag a Chait, Glen Varragill (RMcM)
2nd Jul 2015 Tawny Owl two young successfully fledged at Torrin (G.Hopkins)
2nd Jul 2015 Swift another single over Broadford (A.MacLennan); 4/5 north to south over Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat (D.Rose)
2nd Jul 2015 Turtle Dove one reported from Plockton airstrip (M.Bliss)
1st Jul 2015 Grasshopper Warbler fewer reports this year but reeling bird at Scullamus (RMcM)
1st Jul 2015 Swift single over Isleornsay (RC) & two over Broadford (MP)
1st Jul 2015 Whinchat View Image fledged young at Ullinish (PE)
1st Jul 2015 Common Scoter an exceptional count of 45+ in Broadford Bay with only three females (MB)
1st Jul 2015 Yellowhammer pair with youngster at feeders Plockton (JS)

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