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 Dec 2015 Redwing View Image 20 at Sartle, Staffin with 10 Fieldfare (MP)
31st Dec 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male between Portree & Drumuie (TB)
28th Dec 2015 Shelduck 4 at Waterloo (RMcM)
28th Dec 2015 Wigeon 62 at Loch Portree + 18 Teal (NB)
27th Dec 2015 Dunlin/Ringed Plover mixed flock of c200 at Ashaig (A&EH)
26th Dec 2015 Gannet still a single off Camus Mhor, Bornesketaig (MP)
25th Dec 2015 Merry Christmas wishing everyone who supports and follows the website a very happy Christmas and great birding...and hopefully the weather to enjoy it - in 2016!
25th Dec 2015 Tawny Owl single hunting at Upper Tote in daylight (0930) (CH)
25th Dec 2015 Pied Wagtail View Image probably three different birds in Broadford (MB) - this is unusual for winter and is probably indicative of the mild weather.
24th Dec 2015 Barn Owl View Image single hunting at Upper Tote at 0850 (CH)
23rd Dec 2015 Little Auk another bird grounded at Eynort and released into calmer waters at Loch Harport (M.Cook)
23rd Dec 2015 Whooper Swan View Image single on flooded ground at Portnalong (ST)
22nd Dec 2015 Little Auk a storm bound bird at Torrin was handed over to IOSF at Broadford and released into calmer waters (GY) (see Gallery); bird also found dead at Eynort (M.Cook)
21st Dec 2015 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles at Mallaig Pier (SMacD)
21st Dec 2015 Little Auk gull feeding on the remains of a Little Auk at Mallaig Pier (SMacD)
21st Dec 2015 Gannet still an adult off the West Pier car park, Mallaig (SMacD)
19th Dec 2015 Mediterranean Gull two in Broadford Bay, an adult and 2nd winter (MB, NB)
19th Dec 2015 Black-headed Gull 105 in Broadford Bay (MB, NB)
19th Dec 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 10 at Loch Suardal (RW) and 6 near the head of Loch Shiel (RMcM)
18th Dec 2015 Brambling View Image male in garden at Portree again (NB)
18th Dec 2015 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 15 at Loch Portree (NB)
18th Dec 2015 Whooper Swan View Image single at Advasar Bay (V.Fellows)
17th Dec 2015 Cuvier's Beaked Whale thanks to Peggy Semler there are images of the whale which stranded on 3.12.15 in the cetaceans gallery
17th Dec 2015 Goldfinch c30 on lawn at Skeabost Bridge (GF)
17th Dec 2015 Magpie the long staying bird in the north end is now at Elishadder (A.Ross)
17th Dec 2015 Heron 28 at roost on Glas Eilean, Avernish (DM)
16th Dec 2015 Pied Wagtail View Image scarce in winter there was a single in the Broadford Co-op car park (RMcM)
15th Dec 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in Broadford Bay (NB)
15th Dec 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at Chailluim Chille, Kilmuir (ML)
15th Dec 2015 Lapwing 23 at Feorlig & 17 Golden Plover (RMcM, MK)
14th Dec 2015 Hen Harrier View Image male at Meadle, Carbost (RA)
14th Dec 2015 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Loch Suardal (P.Semler)
13th Dec 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 14 between Broadford Bay and Lusa (RMcM,MK)
13th Dec 2015 Common Snipe View Image 13 flushed on Ardnish (RMcM,MK)
13th Dec 2015 Golden Plover 27 at Ardnish/Ashaig (A&EH)
13th Dec 2015 Wigeon 50 at Loch Portree (NB)
13th Dec 2015 Whooper Swan View Image six at Loch Suardal (RW) & two on the Storr Lochs (NB)
12th Dec 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Mallaig harbour (SM)
12th Dec 2015 Glaucous Gull View Image probable at the head of Loch Caroy (MS)
12th Dec 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 21 at Staffin (RA)
12th Dec 2015 Great Northern Diver View Image 11 in Broadford Bay + 4 Slavonian Grebes (NB)
12th Dec 2015 Merlin View Image female noted at Camas Malag, Torrin (JJ)
11th Dec 2015 Merlin View Image single reported at Uig (ML)
11th Dec 2015 Teal View Image 25 on the pool at Ardmore, Waternish (RA)
11th Dec 2015 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Swordale, Strath (JJ)
10th Dec 2015 Teal View Image 26 at Loch Eyre (NB)
10th Dec 2015 Brambling View Image male at feeders in Portree (NB)
9th Dec 2015 Golden Eagle View Image for a summary of breeding performance of Golden Eagles in the Lochalsh and surrounding area during the 2015 season, see the Blog (Rule Anderson)
8th Dec 2015 Barn Owl View Image one seen early morning at Isleornsay (JJ)
7th Dec 2015 Storm Petrel a very late bird 'grounded' in Mallaig and will be returned to the sea (SMacD)(see Gallery)
7th Dec 2015 Mediterranean Gull juvenile bird reported early afternoon in Broadford Bay (NB)
6th Dec 2015 Barnacle Goose View Image 116 at Balmacquein and 30 at Staffin (RMcM)
6th Dec 2015 Gannet in two hour sea watch at Bornesketaig, 50 south + 200 Kittiwake (RMcM)
6th Dec 2015 Cuvier's Beaked Whale one stranded in Broadford Bay at Harrapool and was in such poor condition that it had to be euthanised (per MB)
3rd Dec 2015 Eider c220 in the narrows at Kyleakin (RMcM) (see Gallery)
3rd Dec 2015 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Loch Kishorn(RMcM)
2nd Dec 2015 Brent Goose View Image flock of 10 on Ardnish, Broadford is unusually late (DM)
2nd Dec 2015 Grey Plover View Image two on Ardnish, Broadford(DM)
1st Dec 2015 Woodcock up to 5 flushed during short walks in Glen Brittle forest recently (KS)

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