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 Oct 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 5 at Camas an Sgianadin & 2 Slavonian Grebes (NB)
29th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image still 4 on Ardnish + a single Grey Plover (A&EH)
28th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 4 at the head of Loch Harport (ST)
28th Oct 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image two in Broadford Bay (NB)
27th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image numbers much reduced but 10 at Loch Portree and 7 on the Storr Lochs (NB)
27th Oct 2015 Wigeon good count of 45 on Loch Portree + 21 Bar-tailed Godwit (NB)
27th Oct 2015 Goldeneye 5 on the Storr Lochs and a single Tufted Duck (NB)
27th Oct 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 off Ardmore, Waternish (RA)
27th Oct 2015 Grey Plover View Image single at Ashaig and 11 Golden Plover (A&EH)
27th Oct 2015 Teal View Image 18 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
26th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image continued passage south with early morning reports of 15 at the head of Loch Harport, 40 at the head of Loch Ainort and also 40 at Strollamus (ST); also 21 at Lower Breakish (P&RD), 25 south in the Sound of Raasay (S.Lawrence), 34 at the head of Loch Snizort-Beag (G.F.) and 9 at Loch Suardal (RA). In the late afternoon 40, in two groups left Loch Dunvegan (R.Wright)
26th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image single on the shore at Lower Milovaig (AS); 15 at Broadford Bay & 13 at Strollamus (NB)
26th Oct 2015 Slavonian Grebe two at Strollamus (NB)
25th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image several early counts including 18 at Lower Breakish, 10 at Harrapool, but excellent max of 123 on Breakish Obbe late afternoon (PP, LP & A&EH); 23 flew south at An Corran, Staffin (PS) & 21 at Plock of Kyle (P.Speak); 25 in the sea off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
25th Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 13 south at Lyndale, Bernisdale (W.Oliver)
24th Oct 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 6 at Ashaig + 5 at Broadford Bay(A&EH) (NB)
24th Oct 2015 Great Northen Diver three in the Sound of Sleat off Mallaig (RMcM) and two in Broadford Bay(NB)
24th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image late flock of 70 in Broadford Bay (NB)
24th Oct 2015 Scaup excellent flock of 70 in Broadford Bay (NB)
24th Oct 2015 Goldfinch 50+ in Kyleakin (HS)
23rd Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 8 at Waterloo, Broadford (NB)
22nd Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image one sheltering from the winds at Kildonan, Eigg (JC) - (note - bird at Breakish Obbe was last seen a week ago)
22nd Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image a single near The Aird, Gedintailor has been around for ten days (RMcM)
22nd Oct 2015 Arctic Skua View Image six birds in the Sound of Raasay (RMcM)
22nd Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 15 flew south in the Sound of Raasay (RMcM)
22nd Oct 2015 Snow Bunting View Image single in Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
22nd Oct 2015 Red Grouse single flew across road at Kinlochfollart, Dunvegan (AS)
21st Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image 8 in Broadford Bay flew east (RMcM)
21st Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 140 south over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
21st Oct 2015 Slavonian Grebe two at Loch Ainort(NB)
20th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at the head of Loch Sligachan (RMcM)and 5 at Loch Suardal (RA)
20th Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image four at Waterloo (NB)
19th Oct 2015 Redwing/Fieldfare big numbers all day through Geditailor, Braes est 1000 (C.Atkins) - with large movements at the moment and it would be useful to have some estimated counts of numbers moving in - Bob
18th Oct 2015 Redwing View Image flocks of c100 at Kyleakin (A&EH) and at Lower Breakish (RMcM); 40 at Port an Eorna, Lochalsh (JS) and 110 between Balmacara and Reraig (D.Mason)
18th Oct 2015 Fieldfare View Image mixed flock of 100 with some Redwing at Portnalong (ST)
18th Oct 2015 Song Thrush View Image influx of migrants at Lower Milovaig included 30+ Song Thrush, 20+ Blackbirds & some Redwings (AS)
18th Oct 2015 Goldfinch c40 at Lower Milovaig (AS)
18th Oct 2015 Jack Snipe View Image single flushed at Upper Milovaig (AS) and two on Ardnish, Broadford (MB)
18th Oct 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Broadford Bay and 6 Slavonian Grebes (MB,RMcM)
18th Oct 2015 Grey Plover View Image single on Ardnish and ten Common Snipe(RMcM)
18th Oct 2015 Swallow late single at Kyleakin (A&EH)
18th Oct 2015 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Suardal, Strath (A&EH)
18th Oct 2015 Ptarmigan View Image two found recently on Beinn a' Chapuill, Lochalsh (D.Mason)
17th Oct 2015 Wilson's Warbler there is presently a male at Ness on Lewis, the first record in Scotland for this species - see the Blog.
17th Oct 2015 Fieldfare View Image c120 at Old Corry, Broadford (MB)
17th Oct 2015 Redwing View Image c50 at Old Corry, Broasford (MB), 30+ at Lower Milovaig (AS) and smaller numbers elsewhere.
17th Oct 2015 Little Grebe View Image 13 at Loch Mor, Waterstein, is an exceptional count (AS) - also two Tufted Duck
17th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 7 south at Neist Point (AS)
16th Oct 2015 Redwing View Image small numbers arrived overnight at Lower Milovaig (AS) with good numbers at Lower Breakish (LP);50 at Camustianavaig (M.Williams)and also at Lower Ollach (C.Atkins)
16th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still at Breakish Obbe(LP)
16th Oct 2015 Fieldfare View Image arrival of small numbers at Portnalong (ST)
16th Oct 2015 Arctic Skua View Image single dark morph from the Tarbert ferry + a Great Skua and c50 Common Dolphins (RMcM)
16th Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image arrival of small group of 6 on Isay (G.McCracken); also group of 11 south through the Minch (RMcM) and c40 south at Camastianavaig (M.Williams)
16th Oct 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Sligachan (RMcM)
15th Oct 2015 Redwing View Image small flocks moving through Scullamus & 50 Portree early morning(RMcM)(M.Williams)
15th Oct 2015 Fieldfare View Image c100 at Sallachy, Loch Long, with a few Redwing (PS); 140 with Redwings at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
15th Oct 2015 Peregrine Falcon single at Ben Chracaig, Portree (M.Williams)
15th Oct 2015 Merlin View Image single at Kingsburgh (M.Lumb)
14th Oct 2015 Jack Snipe View Image single near Loch an Sguabaidh, Torrin (M.Williams)
14th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still at Lower Breakish (PP)
13th Oct 2015 Wheatear View Image three stragglers yesterday & probable leucorhoa types round Oisgill Bay, Milovaig (LM &GMcC)
13th Oct 2015 Wigeon 112 in Nostie Bay, Lochalsh & two Greenshank (D.Mason)
13th Oct 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image three in Tarscavaig Bay (M.Williams)
12th Oct 2015 Pied Flycatcher single in the Graveyard Wood, Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
12th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still in Breakish Obbe (PP)
12th Oct 2015 Arctic Skua View Image at least 12 south through the Narrows of Raasay + two Pomarine Skua (RMcM) - at least another 10 Skua sp were in the Sound of Raasay but too distant to ID.
12th Oct 2015 Great Skua View Image 3 in the Sound of Raasay (RMcM) and a single at Ashaig, Broadford (A&EH)
12th Oct 2015 Redwing View Image 21 in Kildonan Glen, Eigg (JC)
12th Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 30 s/west over Lower Milovaig (AS); 4 north at Loch Dunvegan (M.Williams)
12th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image 30 on the east end of Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH) and three at The Aird, Gedintailor (RMcM)
12th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 8 over Lower Milovaig (AS)and 7 south-west at The Aird, Gedintailor (RMcM); there was a single on a pool by the River Snizort (SB, 11 at Lower Breakish late morning (PP)then three seen by several observers later.
12th Oct 2015 Goldeneye male on Loch Fada is the first report of the autumn (RMcM)
12th Oct 2015 Twite View Image small groups of c12 at Coral Beach, Claigan (M.Williams) and at Balmacquein (RMcM)
12th Oct 2015 Fieldfare View Image small flock at Drumbuie, Lochalsh-mixed with Redwing (S.Walshe)
11th Oct 2015 Scaup juvenile still at Loch Gauscavaig, Tarskavaig (RMcM) (see Gallery)
11th Oct 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image 6 in Loch Slapin off Ord(RMcM)
11th Oct 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 8 in Loch Slapin between Ord and Achnacloich(RMcM)
11th Oct 2015 Goosander View Image 9 at Tokavaig and 3 at Ord (RMcM)
11th Oct 2015 Redwing View Image two flocks of c40 between Ord and Tokavaig (RMcM)
11th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still in Breakish Obbe (A&EH)
11th Oct 2015 Siskin c20 in woodland at Portree (M.Williams)
10th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still at Breakish Obbe (PP)
10th Oct 2015 Slavonian Grebe two at the Skye Bridge (A&EH)
10th Oct 2015 Goldfinch superb count of 132 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH) - this is probably the largest ever count in the area
10th Oct 2015 Eider 36 in Broadford Bay and 19 Wigeon (NB)
10th Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image skein passing over Portree in late evening (NB)
9th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image still two at the mouth of the Broadford river (RMcM)
9th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still at Breakish Obbe (RMcM)
8th Oct 2015 Swallow late bird at Luib (RMcM)
8th Oct 2015 Common Gull big count of 350+ at Loch Eyre (RMcM)
8th Oct 2015 Redshank high tide roost count of 54 + 3 Greenshank at Loch Portree (RMcM)
8th Oct 2015 Barn Owl View Image very late brood of two on a regular site near Mallaig - yet to fledge (S.MacDonald)
8th Oct 2015 Red-necked Grebe a single seen at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig on October 2 was later seen on the 4th off Rubh Arisaig(per S.MacDonald)
7th Oct 2015 Woodcock 1st report of the autumn of a single at Portnalong (KS)
7th Oct 2015 Hen Harrier View Image two ringtails and a male circling together near the Claigan road beyond Loch Suardal (R.Arnold)
7th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image still a group of five in Broadford Bay (NB) and birds calling in darkness over the Bay later (MB)
7th Oct 2015 Scaup female on Loch Gauscavaig, near Tarskavaig (M.Perry)
6th Oct 2015 Kingfisher single reported from fishermen on the River Shiel, Lochalsh (per D.MacIntosh)
6th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image still four in Broadford Bay (NB)
6th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image single flying west at Uigshader (JK)
6th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still in Breakish Obbe late afternoon (RMcM)
6th Oct 2015 Redwing View Image heard calling in darkness over Portree in evening (NB) - (lots of arrivals along the east coast today.)
5th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still at Breakish Obbe (PP)(see Gallery)
5th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image still four at the mouth of the Broadford River (RMcM)
4th Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image c40 at the mouth of the Broadford River & another 36 flying through the Bay (RMcM)(see Gallery) - then another 21 later (MB)
4th Oct 2015 Goldfinch 60+ at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
4th Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still in Breakish Obbe (PP)(see Gallery)
4th Oct 2015 Twite View Image flock of 150+ on the Milovaig loop (A&AS)
4th Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 6 flying west at Broadford Bay (MB)(see Gallery); 17 at Loch Harport (A.Brown) & 5 flying s/west at Kensaleyre early evening (I.Norris)
4th Oct 2015 Redshank good count of 50 at Loch Portree with Wigeon numbers building up to 26 (NB)
4th Oct 2015 Lapwing 24 by the Skeabost River (JK)
4th Oct 2015 Crossbill sp 10+ in the Skeabost Forest (JK)
4th Oct 2015 Ptarmigan View Image 5/6 in Fionn Coire, Bruach an Frithe ((A.Randle)
3rd Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image best count of the year with 74 in Broadford Bay this morning (MB)
3rd Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still showing at Breakish Obbe (JJ,PP)
3rd Oct 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 5 at Breakish Obbe (JJ)
3rd Oct 2015 Slavonian Grebe two at Loch Ainort (JJ)
3rd Oct 2015 Whooper Swan View Image eight at the head of Loch Carron (PS) and five flying west towards Broadford seen at Ashaig & Lower Breakish (A&EH, PP)
3rd Oct 2015 Greenshank six in Breakish Obbe (PP) + two Grey Plover (NB)
3rd Oct 2015 Arctic Skua View Image single in the Sound of Raasay (PE)
3rd Oct 2015 Merlin View Image female with prey on the Heaste road (NB)
2nd Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still in Broadford Bay but at the Ashaig end (A&AS)
2nd Oct 2015 Grey Plover View Image single in Breakish Obbe (A&AS)
2nd Oct 2015 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 7 at Ashaig, Broadford (A&AS)
2nd Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image 32 in Broadford Bay in the evening & two Slavonian Grebes (MB)
1st Oct 2015 Little Egret View Image still in Breakish Obbe (PP)
1st Oct 2015 Brent Goose View Image 13 at the Ashaig end of Ardnish (A&EH)
1st Oct 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 12 at the Ashaig end of Ardnish & 9 Golden Plover (A&EH)

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