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
28th Feb 2016 White-billed Diver single found in Uig Bay by Martin Lumb though could not be re-located later. This is a scarce vagrant on the west coast.
28th Feb 2016 Wigeon 85 in Nostie Bay (DM)
28th Feb 2016 Greenland White-fronted Goose only 7 counted at the regular site at Kilmuir, Trotternish (RMcM)
28th Feb 2016 Fieldfare View Image 25+ at Glen Brittle (ST)
28th Feb 2016 Barn Owl View Image single near Eilean Donan Castle at dusk (RA)
27th Feb 2016 Brambling View Image male regularly on feeders at Galmisdale, Eigg (JC)
27th Feb 2016 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Mallaig Pier (RMcM)
27th Feb 2016 Common Scoter single at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig + two Slavonian Grebes (RMcM)
27th Feb 2016 Red-breasted Merganser View Image count of 45 at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (RMcM)
27th Feb 2016 Eider c110 at Kyleakin (DM)
26th Feb 2016 Firecrest no report on the Portree bird today but John Chester reports one in the Lodge Grounds on Eigg - probably the same bird found by him on 20.11.15 and which has overwintered.
26th Feb 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image 38 between Pabay Sound and the Skye Bridge in late afternoon + 6 Black-throated Divers (RMcM)
26th Feb 2016 Slavonian Grebe 14 between Pabay Sound and the Skye Bridge in late afternoon (RMcM)
26th Feb 2016 Purple Sandpiper View Image 8 at Kyleakin Quarry flying east (RMcM)
26th Feb 2016 Long-eared Owl View Image two singing males in forestry on Eigg (JC)
25th Feb 2016 Firecrest still showing at Portree Industrial estate but ranging over a wide area (AS)
25th Feb 2016 Lapwing now 23 at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (NB)
24th Feb 2016 Firecrest still at Portree Industrial Estate early morning (AS) and showing well until early afternoon (see Gallery)
24th Feb 2016 Lapwing 12 at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (D.Ingles)
23rd Feb 2016 Hen Harrier View Image male at Bracadale Point (PE)
23rd Feb 2016 Firecrest a bird seen outside Sitekit on the Portree Industrial Estate is only the 2nd record for Skye (AS)
23rd Feb 2016 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Loch Kishorn (see Gallery) (RMcM)
23rd Feb 2016 Little Grebe View Image 12 at Loch Kishorn & 20 Goldeneye (RMcM)
23rd Feb 2016 Knot 5 at Ashaig and 3 Sanderling (A&EH)
23rd Feb 2016 Snow Bunting View Image 15 on Sgurr a Mhadaidh on the Storr ridge (TH)
22nd Feb 2016 SWT Skye Region There is an urgent need for support - please see the Blog.
21st Feb 2016 Hen Harrier View Image male at Satran, Carbost (I.Roden)
20th Feb 2016 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Mallaig today and a juvenile Iceland Gull (SMacD)
20th Feb 2016 Heron 46 sheltering in the reeds at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig - also 4 Whooper Swans(SMacD)
20th Feb 2016 Fieldfare View Image flock of 52 at Loch Cillchroisd (DM)
17th Feb 2016 Blackcap View Image female at feeders Isleornsay (RC)
15th Feb 2016 Whooper Swan View Image four on the lower River Snizort (JK)
15th Feb 2016 Merlin View Image separate sightings of a male & female at Lower Breakish
15th Feb 2016 White-tailed Eagle View Image two juveniles at Neist Point & a Golden Eagle (M.Pearman)
15th Feb 2016 Barn Owl View Image single near Fairy Bridge (M.Pearman)
14th Feb 2016 Barnacle Goose View Image 101 at Kilamluag + 16 Greylags & 15 Golden Plover (C.Reynolds)
14th Feb 2016 Hen Harrier View Image male near Kilchrist, Strath (P.Johnson)
14th Feb 2016 Whooper Swan View Image still 10 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (AS)
14th Feb 2016 Redshank 27 at Sallachy at the head of Loch Long, Lochalsh (DM)
14th Feb 2016 Fieldfare View Image flock of 32 at Killilan, Lochalsh (DM)
14th Feb 2016 Greylag Goose View Image flock of 72 at Killilan, Lochalsh (DM)
13th Feb 2016 Barn Owl View Image single noted at Fiscavaig Bay (RC)
12th Feb 2016 Barn Owl View Image single reported near Greshornish (C.Matheson)
11th Feb 2016 Hen Harrier View Image male at Drumuie, Portree (TH)
10th Feb 2016 BTO Training Day details to follow but BTO Scotland are holding a training day on Saturday 2nd April at Breakish Hall
10th Feb 2016 Turnstone 25 at Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
9th Feb 2016 Lapwing returning birds with 12 on Ashaig, Broadford (A&EH) & 25 at Cuidrach, Uig (TH)
8th Feb 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 10 at Ashaig, Broadford (A&EH)
8th Feb 2016 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image an early drumming bird at Oskaig, Raasay (JP)
6th Feb 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 4 heading north at Strathcarron (P&RD)
4th Feb 2016 Slavonian Grebe three at the head of Loch Ainort (RA)
3rd Feb 2016 Black Guillemot View Image six at Bracadale Point including five in breeding plumage (PE)
2nd Feb 2016 White-tailed Eagle View Image two adult birds locking talons and vocalizing at low altitude above the home farm area of Portree. (TH)
2nd Feb 2016 Hen Harrier View Image male at Monkstad, Kilmuir (H.Martin)

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