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 Sep 2015 Little Egret View Image single found in Breakish Obbe late afternoon (PP)
30th Sep 2015 Grey Plover View Image two in Breakish Obbe (PP)
30th Sep 2015 Brent Goose View Image flock of c50 at Camus Mhor, Gedintailor (CA, WM)
30th Sep 2015 Lanner/Saker Falcon? A bird with jesses was seen at Kilmory, Rum, today and thought to be a Lanner/Saker type Falcon, clearly an escape. Please contact if you have any knowledge.
29th Sep 2015 Twite View Image two separate flocks of 25 Twite & 20 Linnet near the Coral Beach, Claigan (AS)
29th Sep 2015 Ringed Plover View Image 40 on Lampay Island + 6 Turnstone (AS)
29th Sep 2015 Wheatear View Image late straggler at Neist Point (A.Brown) - perhaps the same bird, a leucorhoa type seen in the early evening by AS
28th Sep 2015 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Glen Eynort (M.Cook) & male in Glen Hinnisdal (RA)
27th Sep 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single at Staffin Bay (MP) - & 12 at Broadford Bay yesterday (NB)
27th Sep 2015 Slavonian Grebe three in Broadford Bay (MB)
27th Sep 2015 Great Skua View Image three over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
26th Sep 2015 Pink-footed Goose View Image single on Ardnish (A&EH)
26th Sep 2015 Merlin View Image male on the Heaste road (NB)
25th Sep 2015 Peregrine Falcon single took a Collared Dove from bird table at Amer, Struan ( M.Herbert)
25th Sep 2015 Brent Goose View Image 5 at Broadford River (NB) then two reports later of 47 & 55 later in Broadford Bay (MB et al) which were probably the same group - Brent's have been very slow to arrive this year. Also on YouTube at https://youtu.be/d8XlJtRpddE (F.Duncan Skye Films)
25th Sep 2015 Whooper Swan View Image again first report of the Autumn with 6 in Kilmaluag Bay (D.Murray-Smith)
24th Sep 2015 Scaup seven in Broadford Bay (MB)
24th Sep 2015 Hen Harrier View Image two in the Kilmuir area (J.Matlin)
23rd Sep 2015 Lesser Redpoll View Image c20 at Heaste (NB)
23rd Sep 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image c15 at Broadford Bay (NB)
23rd Sep 2015 Willow Warbler View Image late straggler at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
22nd Sep 2015 Redshank excellent count of 60 at Loch Portree & 70 Oystercatcher & 10 Bar-tailed Godwit (NB)
22nd Sep 2015 Goosander View Image 12 at Loch Portree & 18 Wigeon (NB)
21st Sep 2015 Manx Shearwater View Image grounded bird rescued from roadside at Scullamus in early morning & later released (JP)
21st Sep 2015 Goldfinch another charm of 40 at Kyleakin (A&EH)
20th Sep 2015 Teal View Image 8 in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
20th Sep 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 15 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
20th Sep 2015 Goldfinch charm of 40 in our garden at Scullamus, Broadford (RMcM)(see Gallery)
19th Sep 2015 Lesser Redpoll View Image c30 at Staffin comprising juveniles & adults (SP) with a similar sized flock at Duntulm farm yesterday (RMcM)
19th Sep 2015 Ring Ouzel View Image female on a fence near Sligachan (W.Houlsby)
18th Sep 2015 Goosander View Image 14 at the head of Loch Eyre with 14 Teal & c200 Common Gulls (RMcM)
17th Sep 2015 Slavonian Grebe single in Broadford Bay (NB) & single Great Northern Diver at Ashaig (RMcM)
17th Sep 2015 Sabine's Gull two adults 5 miles north-east of Staffin Island from Hebridean Whale Cruises (ND)
17th Sep 2015 Common Sandpiper View Image late bird at Shamhnan Insir on Rum (SM)
16th Sep 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB) and a single in Loch Ainort (NB)
16th Sep 2015 Great Skua View Image single in Holomon Bay, Raasay (A.Clunas)
15th Sep 2015 Pintail eclipse male at Ashaig, Broadford with 8 Wigeon (RMcM) (see Gallery)
15th Sep 2015 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 25 at Ashaig, Broadford, all redheads (RMcM)
15th Sep 2015 Slavonian Grebe another single in Broadford Bay (MB)
15th Sep 2015 Whimbrel View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
15th Sep 2015 Blackcap View Image male on berries in garden at Isleornsay (RC)
14th Sep 2015 Knot three in Broadford Bay and a Black-tailed Godwit(RMcM)
14th Sep 2015 Common Tern View Image late bird in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
14th Sep 2015 Carrion Crow View Image single with Hoodies at Ashaig (RMcM)(see Gallery)
14th Sep 2015 Arctic Skua View Image two pale phase birds off Lusa, Broadford (RMcM)(see Gallery)
14th Sep 2015 Goosander View Image 17 at Loch Portree (NB); 26 at Lochlonghead including some moulting adults & juveniles (PS)
14th Sep 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 10 at Loch Portree, 30 Redshank & 3 Greenshank (NB)
14th Sep 2015 Sabine's Gull adult 5 miles east of Staffin Island from Hebridean Whale Cruises (ND)
14th Sep 2015 Manx Shearwater View Image single from the Sconser-Raasay ferry (A.Clunas)
13th Sep 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image two off Ru Bornesketaig, + an Arctic Skua & three Great Skuas (RMcM)
13th Sep 2015 Northern Wheatear View Image five in the Kilmuir area, all leucorhoa types(RMcM)
13th Sep 2015 Purple Sandpiper View Image five west passed Ru Bornesketaig(RMcM)
13th Sep 2015 Magpie single bird again present near Hungladder, Trotternish (RMcM) (see Gallery)- this is believed to be the same bird found in Uig on 26.5.12.
13th Sep 2015 Manx Shearwater View Image two west passed Ru Bornesketaig (RMcM)
13th Sep 2015 Knot 15 at Ashaig ((A&EH)
13th Sep 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 30 at Ashaig ((A&EH)
13th Sep 2015 Ruff another juvenile in Broadford Bay, the 5th this autumn which very unusual (MB)
13th Sep 2015 Whimbrel View Image four in Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Sep 2015 Whimbrel View Image single in Broadford Bay + single Knot & three Sanderling (MB, RMcM)
12th Sep 2015 Swallow 50+ at Waterloo (RMcM)
11th Sep 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 23 in Broadford Bay + a single Black-tailed & 3 Knot (MB)
11th Sep 2015 Red-breasted Merganser View Image eclipse flocks of 74 in Loch Ainort (RMcM)
11th Sep 2015 Wheatear View Image a straggler on the 'Hill Road' at Totarder (PE)
11th Sep 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image single still in Broadford Bay (NB)
10th Sep 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Broadford Bay (NB)
10th Sep 2015 Willow Warbler View Image a straggler in Broadford (MP)
10th Sep 2015 Rock Dove 57 at Oscaig, Raasay (A.Clunas)
10th Sep 2015 Ortolan Bunting belated news of a report of a male on the ridge between Hallival & Askival on Rum on the 7th (per SM & Birdguides)
10th Sep 2015 Twite View Image two flocks of 40 & 30 on path to Point of Sleat (RMcM)
10th Sep 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image high tide count of 22 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
9th Sep 2015 Sabine's Gull adult feeding with Kittiwakes 5 miles east of Staffin Island (ND)
9th Sep 2015 Knot three in Broadford Bay & two Sanderling (NB)
9th Sep 2015 Curlew 120 at Loch Kishorn & c80 Mallard (RMcM)
9th Sep 2015 Goosander View Image 35 at the head of Loch Carron & 10 at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
8th Sep 2015 Ruff juvenile in Broadford Bay + two Sanderling (NB)
8th Sep 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image single in Broadford Bay (NB)
7th Sep 2015 Twite View Image c50 at Flodigarry (MP)
6th Sep 2015 Willow Warbler View Image a straggler at Milovaig, Glendale (AS)
5th Sep 2015 Ruff juvenile at Waternish Farm, Stein (R.Hawell)
5th Sep 2015 Slavonian Grebe A single in Broadford Bay, first of the autumn (MB)
5th Sep 2015 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 34 at Loch Ainort (RMcM)
5th Sep 2015 Knot 3 at Ashaig (RMcM)
5th Sep 2015 Teal View Image 16 at Loch Eyre (RMcM)
5th Sep 2015 Jackdaw 28 invading feeders at Flashader (J.MacKay)
5th Sep 2015 Ruff another juvenile in Broadford Bay & 4 Sanderling (MB)
5th Sep 2015 Swift two late birds at The Storr (MP)
5th Sep 2015 Arctic Skua View Image two dark phase birds in Broadford Bay (MB)
5th Sep 2015 Wigeon 10 at The Aird, Gedintailor (NB) & 3 at Loch Eyre (RMcM)
5th Sep 2015 Wigeon 50+ at The Aird, Gedintailor (NB)
5th Sep 2015 Common Tern View Image 20+ at The Aird, Gedintailor (NB) & 20 Black Guillemot
5th Sep 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image single from the Uig-Tarbert ferry off An-tsgeir + 6 Manx Shearwater (RMcM)
4th Sep 2015 Goosander View Image numbers at Skeabost had peaked at 30 recently with the influx of sprats (GF)
3rd Sep 2015 Pomarine Skua View Image single in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
3rd Sep 2015 Arctic Skua View Image six in Broadford Bay included 4 dark phase and two light phase birds (MB,RMcM); also 3 Great Skua.
3rd Sep 2015 Mistle Thrush View Image 15+ on the Struan-Portree hill road at Coillore (PE)
3rd Sep 2015 White Wagtail View Image 3 in Broadford (NB)
2nd Sep 2015 Knot 5 at Ashaig (RMcM)
2nd Sep 2015 Arctic Skua View Image pale phase bird in Broadford Bay (MB)
1st Sep 2015 White Wagtail View Image two at Talisker Bay (RMcM) (see Gallery)
1st Sep 2015 Barn Owl View Image although late, a possible family group of three at Duisdale; also a single at Ferindonald (S.Dawber)

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