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 Nov 2015 Teal View Image 57 at the head of Loch Harport (RMcM)
30th Nov 2015 Fieldfare View Image c60 near Drynoch, + 20 Redwing & a Grey Wagtail (RMcM)
30th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 10 south at Drumuish, Lochalsh (DM)
29th Nov 2015 Teal View Image birds reported from Loch Cillchroisd (JJ) & 24 at Kyleakin Obbe (MB)
27th Nov 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male crossing the road at Kingsburgh (ML) - giving a talk at Portree on Hen Harriers on Skye on Thursday 10th December, 2015 at 7.30pm - details in the News/Events page
25th Nov 2015 NEWS The Non Estuarine Waterbird Survey - looking for something to do on dark December & January days - see the Blog.
25th Nov 2015 Eider raft at Kyleakin of 250-300 birds which is the highest count since the 2001/2 winter (HS)
25th Nov 2015 Long-eared Owl View Image single in garden at Upper Halistra, Waternish (C.Matheson)
24th Nov 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image 12 off Rubha nam Brathairean, Culnaknock (RMcM)
24th Nov 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 135 at Balmacqueen (RMcM)
24th Nov 2015 Gannet still c30 off Rubha nam Brathairean, Culnaknock, including several juveniles (RMcM)
24th Nov 2015 Slavonian Grebe two in Broadford Bay (NB)
22nd Nov 2015 Greenland White-fronted Goose 12 flew from Waterloo and landed on Pabay (RMcM)
22nd Nov 2015 Slavonian Grebe 8 in greater Broadford Bay (RMcM)
22nd Nov 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 25 in greater Broadford Bay + a single Black-throated Diver and two Red-throated Divers (RMcM)
22nd Nov 2015 Woodcock two flushed at Portnalong (ST)
22nd Nov 2015 Goosander View Image 11 at Loch Portree & 42 Wigeon (NB)
22nd Nov 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 14 at Loch Portree & 40 Redshank (NB)
21st Nov 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Earlish (L.Murdoch) & late report of ringtail at Glenelg on 3/11
21st Nov 2015 Barn Owl View Image one at Staffin (ML)
20th Nov 2015 Great Skua View Image late bird in Sound of Raasay (RMcM)
20th Nov 2015 Firecrest another report from the Lodge grounds at Eigg (JC) - worth checking through all these Tit flocks!
20th Nov 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image single late afternoon at Monkstadt, Kilmuir (H.Martin)
19th Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image still a single at Ashaig & a Whooper Swan (RMcM)
19th Nov 2015 Golden Plover 26 at Traigh, Morar - had been 36 yesterday (SMacD)
19th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image still 9 at Loch nan Eala and two at Camusdarroch, Arisaig (SMacD); also a juvenile straggler at The Aird, Gedintailor (PD)
19th Nov 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image single at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
18th Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image still a single at Ashaig (RMcM)
18th Nov 2015 Twite View Image small flock of 8 at Breakish(RMcM)
18th Nov 2015 Firecrest Charlie Phillips was on holiday at Isleornsay on November 2 and found a Firecrest - there are two stunning images in the Gallery. This is a first for Skye and Lochalsh.
18th Nov 2015 Magpie still in the Staffin area and apparently now attending the local primary school! (per R.Wright)
18th Nov 2015 Eider still 100 at Kyleakin (A&EH)
18th Nov 2015 Goldfinch 40 at Kyleakin (A&EH)
17th Nov 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Pieness (S.Templeman)
17th Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image very late group of 13 in Broadford Bay (NB)
16th Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image three at Ashaig(RMcM)
16th Nov 2015 Golden Plover 25 on Ardnish, Broadford & 14 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
16th Nov 2015 Canada Goose View Image 11 at Traigh, Morar & a single Greenland White-front(SMacD)
16th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 9 at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
15th Nov 2015 Humpback Whale a whale which became entangled in creels near the Point of Sleat two weeks ago was seen off Glasnakille. John & Gordon MacKinnon went out in Sunny Jim and managed to release it (see my tweet )
15th Nov 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 15 through Ardnish going south-west (A&EH)
15th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 3 through Ardnish going south-east & 60 Greylags (A&EH); 14 also through Broadford Bay (MB)
15th Nov 2015 Grey Plover View Image single on Ashaig//Ardnish + 12 Golden Plovers (A&EH)
15th Nov 2015 Storm Petrel a straggler on the Obereon Bank between Arisaig & Eigg (R.Dyer)
14th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image still birds moving through with several reports some of which could be duplicated. At the 'north end' 6 at Kilmuir, 3 at Chaluim Chille, 4 south at Camas Mor, and 13 south at Lub Score (RMcM); also 14 east at Portree (JJ), and at Kinloch, Dunvegan groups of 5 & 14 (M.Cullen) (R.Wright)
14th Nov 2015 Greenland White-fronted Goose small wintering flock at Kilmuir continues to decline with only 14; flock of 12 flew west at Balmacqueen(RMcM)
14th Nov 2015 Gannet at Camas Mor, Bornesketaig, 80 south in two hour seawatch + 450 Kittiwakes(RMcM)
14th Nov 2015 Great Skua View Image single off Camas Mor, Bornesketaig, (RMcM)
14th Nov 2015 Manx Shearwater View Image late straggler off Camas Mor, Bornesketaig, (RMcM)
14th Nov 2015 Short-eared Owl View Image singles recorded at Kilmuir (RMcM) and Ardnish (A&EH)
14th Nov 2015 Goldfinch 20 at Fernilea, Portnalong (ST)
14th Nov 2015 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 60/70 south over Harrapool (MB)
14th Nov 2015 Barn Owl View Image early morning sightings at Kensaleyre & Breakish(J.Bowie)
13th Nov 2015 Lapwing 25 at Bornesketaig (J.Bowie)
12th Nov 2015 Goldfinch 50+ at Lower Breakish (RMcM)
12th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at Ullinish (PS)
12th Nov 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Ullinish (PS) & male at Struan on the 9th (RMcM)
12th Nov 2015 Redwing View Image still some small flocks present with a few Fieldfare with c25 at Ullinish (PS) and c30 at Ashaig (RMcM)
11th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at the head of Loch Harport (PE)
11th Nov 2015 Dipper 3 at the River Brittle near the sea (PE)
10th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 13 flew south from The Aird, Gedintailor (P.Dark)
10th Nov 2015 Goldfinch charm of 25 at Dunvegan (R.Wright)
9th Nov 2015 Gannet in two hour seawatch at Neist Point, c70 Gannets, c200 Kittiwakes south and several Fulmars (RMcM)
9th Nov 2015 Snow Bunting View Image a single male at Neist Point(RMcM) (see Gallery)
9th Nov 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image four at Feorlig (RMcM) (see Gallery)
9th Nov 2015 Blackcap View Image male on feeders at Lower Milovaig (AS)
9th Nov 2015 Jack Snipe View Image two flushed at Pier Hill, Eigg (JC)
8th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image two at Glendale moved south (AS)
8th Nov 2015 Fieldfare/Redwing c500 in the Swordale/Kilbride area of Strath, including some Mistle Thrushes (RMcM)
8th Nov 2015 Kittiwake c200 in Loch Slapin off Kilmarie (RMcM)
8th Nov 2015 Gannet getting scarcer but recent report from Neist Point (AS) and adult and juvenile in Loch Slapin off Kilmarie (RMcM)
7th Nov 2015 Brambling View Image single at Lower Milovaig (AS) & two at Glasphein, Staffin (MP)
7th Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image two at Harrapool (JJ)
7th Nov 2015 Slavonian Grebe three in Broadford Bay (NB)
7th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 18 on the Black Lochs, Broadford (F.Simpson) & 12 at Loch Suardal (R.Wright)
7th Nov 2015 Black-throated Diver View Image three off Armadale Pier (M.Pollock)
7th Nov 2015 Wigeon 50 at Staffin Bay is an exceptional site count (MP)
6th Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image single in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
6th Nov 2015 Redwing View Image c150 at Committee Road, Breakish (RMcM)
6th Nov 2015 Twite View Image c150 at Committee Road, Breakish (RMcM)
6th Nov 2015 Arctic Skua View Image single dark phase bird at Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
6th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 6 at Loch Mor, Waterstein (AS)
5th Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image still a late group of 12 birds in Broadford Bay (CB)
5th Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 24 south in the Narrows of Raasay (P.Dark); 12 over Dunvegan (RG Wright); also 11 on the Storr Lochs and 2 on Loch Mealt (NB); also 9 on Loch Suardal and a single at Loch Mor, Waterstein (RA)
5th Nov 2015 Iceland Gull View Image single at Loch Kishorn (M.Bliss)
5th Nov 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 21 at Loch Portree, 50 Redshank and two Greeenshank (NB)
5th Nov 2015 Twite View Image still small flocks of 25 and 16 at Loch Mealt (NB)
5th Nov 2015 Little Grebe View Image still 10 at Loch Mor, Waterstein + 7 Lapwing (RA)
4th Nov 2015 Snow Bunting View Image c10 around the summit of the Storr early morning (S.Stephenson)
4th Nov 2015 Eider now 100 at Kyleakin (HS)
4th Nov 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 80 over Staffin Bay (ML)
4th Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image 16 in Broadford Bay (NB)
3rd Nov 2015 Woodcock two flushed at Kilbride, Torrin (JJ)
3rd Nov 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image birds heard calling in darkness over Portree (NB)
3rd Nov 2015 Wigeon 55 in Loch Portree (NB)
2nd Nov 2015 Magpie the 'north end' bird has moved agin and has been at Clachan, Staffin since 28/10 (per SP)
2nd Nov 2015 Brent Goose View Image still a single at Harrapool (DM)
2nd Nov 2015 Slavonian Grebe single at Port an Eorna, Lochalsh + two Great Northern Divers & 14 Red-breasted Mergansers (DM)
2nd Nov 2015 Sooty Shearwater View Image six from the ferry off Waternish Point + juvenile Arctic & Pomarine Skuas (AS)
1st Nov 2015 Blackcap View Image male at feeders Achnacloich, Sleat (J.Cuthbert)
1st Nov 2015 Brambling View Image single with Chaffinches at feeders Achnacloich, Sleat (J.Cuthbert)
1st Nov 2015 Oystercatcher 120 at Loch Portree + 50 Redshank & 22 Bar-tailed Godwit (NB)
1st Nov 2015 Whooper Swan View Image family group of five on Loch Sguabaidh, at head of Loch Slapin (C.Wylie)

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