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 Mar 2016 Common Redpoll single on feeders at Uig with Lesser Redpolls (ML)
31st Mar 2016 Goldfinch c20 on feeders in Kyleakin garden (A&EH)
31st Mar 2016 Wheatear View Image single on Ben Tianavaig (CH)
31st Mar 2016 House Martin View Image single at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
30th Mar 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image two from the Uig - Lochmaddy ferry (KDS)
30th Mar 2016 Wheatear View Image influx in Milovaig area with 12 - 10 males & 2 females (AS); male at Heaste (NB), and two in the Elgol area (MK), and a single on The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
30th Mar 2016 Sand Martin View Image single at Morar (SMacD)
29th Mar 2016 Wheatear View Image two males at Upper Milovaig (AS)
29th Mar 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image two in Uig Bay and six off the Ascribs (AW)
29th Mar 2016 Slavonian Grebe four in Broadford Bay in various stages of summer plumage (MB)
29th Mar 2016 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird in Laig Bay, Eigg (D.Jones)
28th Mar 2016 Redwing View Image another fall overnight, 30-50 at Lower Milovaig (AS)
28th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 30+ north over Broadford (MB) and possibly the same group (37) north over Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
28th Mar 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 11 at Loch Portree & Common Scoter still (NB)
28th Mar 2016 Chiffchaff single at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
28th Mar 2016 Ptarmigan View Image seven on Sgurr na Coinnich, Kylerhea (DM) - this is one of the best counts on the island in recent years.
27th Mar 2016 Greenshank probable returning breeders at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM)
27th Mar 2016 Redwing View Image fall of 20 at Kildonan, Rum (SM)
27th Mar 2016 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
26th Mar 2016 Meadow Pipit View Image bit of an influx with flocks of c30 at Lower Milovaig (AS) and Elgol (RMcM)
26th Mar 2016 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image two at Suardal, Strath (RMcM)
26th Mar 2016 Wheatear View Image female at Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
26th Mar 2016 Greenshank now returning to breeding territories with three on Loch Slapin today, and two on Loch Kishorn yesterday (RMcM)
25th Mar 2016 Puffin 9 north at Neist Point + 4 Gannets (AS)
25th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 15 still at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (PE)
25th Mar 2016 Iceland Gull View Image first winter still at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)(see Gallery)
25th Mar 2016 Great Skua View Image single off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
24th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 5 over Plockton in morning (M.Bliss)
24th Mar 2016 Great Skua View Image single bird over Pabay, possibly a returning breeder (RMcM)
24th Mar 2016 Twite View Image first two birds back at feeders at Morar on 20th & 9 today (SMacD)
24th Mar 2016 Common Crossbill View Image male near Duncraig, Plockton (DM)
22nd Mar 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image single with Greylags at Trumpan, Waternish (J.Conor)
22nd Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image now 49 at Loch Suardal (RW)
21st Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image good numbers on the move with 45 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (B.Killington)
21st Mar 2016 Great Skua View Image single in the mouth of Loch Kishorn (M.Bliss)
21st Mar 2016 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles between the mouth of Loch Kishorn and Plockton (M.Bliss)
21st Mar 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image six between the mouth of Loch Kishorn and Plockton (M.Bliss); also six off Armadale (RMcM)
20th Mar 2016 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird at Corry Lodge, Broadford (MB)
20th Mar 2016 Grey Wagtail View Image three at Varscavaig, Orbost (R.Wright) & two at Mouth of River Chracaig, Portree Bay (W.Houlsby)
20th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 20 at Pool Roag (MF) and two at Lochlonghead (PS)
19th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 16 at Loch Suardal (R.Wright)
18th Mar 2016 Shelduck 12 at Pool Roag (S.Terry)
18th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image still 12 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (RA)
17th Mar 2016 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
17th Mar 2016 Magpie long staying bird remaining in the Ellishader area (TB)
16th Mar 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image 7 in Broadford Bay & 18 Great Northern Divers (RMcM)
16th Mar 2016 Greenshank 4 in Broadford Bay & 11 Bar-tailed Godwit (RMcM)
16th Mar 2016 Red-throated Diver View Image seven in Broadford Bay (RMcM) & two in Loch Bracadale (PE)
16th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image seven at Loch a Ghlinne, Sleat (DM)
15th Mar 2016 Skylark View Image singing birds widespread now with 15 noted in the Monkstadt, Kilmuir area (HM)
15th Mar 2016 Red-throated Diver View Image birds moving back north with 4 on the coast at Monkstadt, Kilmuir (HM); birds also noted on an inland loch at Strathcarron (RMcM)
15th Mar 2016 White-billed Diver seen briefly in afternoon before moving to the outer bay (ML)
15th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 22 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (ST) & 5 at Loch Dhughaill, Sleat (D.Pierce)
15th Mar 2016 Snipe two drumming birds back in territories at Hallin, Waternish (RA)
15th Mar 2016 Grey Wagtail View Image pair back at Ord, & single at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (D.Pierce)
14th Mar 2016 BTO Training Day a reminder of the BTO training day at Breakish Hall on April 2 - details in the news section http://www.bto.org/news-events/events/2016-04/skills-and-techniques-bto-bird-surveys-skye
14th Mar 2016 Canada Goose View Image single at Portnalong (KS)
14th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 15 north over Rum (SM)
14th Mar 2016 Fieldfare View Image 10 at Upper Halistra (CM)
14th Mar 2016 White-billed Diver belated report of bird seen in Loch Snizort off the Ascribs - seen from the ferry & possibly the same as in Uig Bay recently?
13th Mar 2016 Skylark View Image birds back in territories and singing at Achnacloich & Teangue - up to 18 at Aird, Sleat recently (KMcA, RMcM)
13th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image c70 headed north over Portree (NB)& 32 north over Dunvegan (RW)
13th Mar 2016 Common Scoter female still in Loch Portree + 4 Little Grebes (NB)
13th Mar 2016 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image another single at Kyleakin (A&EH)
13th Mar 2016 Barn Owl View Image up to two birds recently between Aird and Tormore, Sleat (KMcA)
12th Mar 2016 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image first report of the spring from Hamara, Glendale (AS)
12th Mar 2016 South West Ross Field Club see News for the next meeting on SWRFC on Friday March 18 at 7.30pm.
10th Mar 2016 Dipping, Twitching & Listing see new post on the Blog
10th Mar 2016 Glaucous Gull View Image Juvenile at Kilmory, Rum (SM)(see Gallery)
10th Mar 2016 White-billed Diver no reports of the bird at Uig today....however images show this bird in heavy moult so it is likely to remain in the area for some weeks.
9th Mar 2016 Firecrest seen again at Portree Industrial Estate briefly (AS)
9th Mar 2016 White-billed Diver present again in Uig Pier area (ML,RMcM)(see Gallery) - also four Great Northern Divers in the area.
9th Mar 2016 Teal View Image c60 on flooded pool at Chailluim Chille, Kilmuir (RMcM)
9th Mar 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image two at Ardmore Bay, Waternish + 9 Great Northern Divers (RA)
9th Mar 2016 Common Scoter still a single at Loch Portree (NB)
8th Mar 2016 Kingfisher one on the River Morar at Morar village this morning (SMacD)
8th Mar 2016 White-billed Diver single seen from the ferry at Uig Pier (AW, RR) - also seen by ML who confirmed it was the same bird seen by him on 28.2
8th Mar 2016 Whooper Swan View Image still 10 at Loch Suardal (RA)
7th Mar 2016 Long-eared Owl View Image at least one bird back in territory near Dunvegan (MF)
7th Mar 2016 Lapwing c50 near Feorlig (RMcM) and still 27 near Cillchroisd yesterday (A&EH)
7th Mar 2016 Long-tailed Duck View Image male in Loch Portree + two Common Scoter (NB)
7th Mar 2016 Wigeon count of 52 in Loch (NB)
6th Mar 2016 Jack Snipe View Image single at Old Corry, Broadford (MB)
6th Mar 2016 Song Thrush View Image 20 at Old Corry, Broadford (MB)
5th Mar 2016 Ptarmigan View Image single male on Ben Aslak (ML & RMcM)(see Gallery)
5th Mar 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image four in Loch Slapin off Glasnakille (ML & RMcM)
5th Mar 2016 Golden Plover 21 at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (ML & RMcM) , 10 at Glen Brittle (AH) & 30 near Elgol (J.Bowie)
5th Mar 2016 Canada Goose View Image three at Feorlig, Dunvegan, with Greylags (per Facebook)
5th Mar 2016 Goldeneye 11 at Loch Achnahinich, Plockton, and a single Black-throated Diver (JS)
3rd Mar 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image 24 in Loch Slapin between Ord and Achnacloich (RMcM)
3rd Mar 2016 Lapwing up to 29 at Cillchroisd, Strath(DM,RMcM)
3rd Mar 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image 13 in Loch Slapin with 9 off Camas Malag & 4 off Ord (RMcM)
3rd Mar 2016 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Drumfearn, Sleat (PK)
3rd Mar 2016 Barn Owl View Image single at Isleornsay late afternoon (RC)

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