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 Apr 2016 White-billed Diver bird found at Camas Mor, Bornesketaig, may be the same bird previously at Uig (ML,RMcM)
30th Apr 2016 Golden Plover 20 at Bornesketaig (ML,RMcM)
30th Apr 2016 Common Redpoll very pale bird showing characteristics of Common at feeders in Uig (ML,RMcM)
29th Apr 2016 Black Grouse View Image greyhen recorded in Kintail - this is the first report from Lochalsh for some time (RA)
29th Apr 2016 Website Problems apologies as the website was down briefly and I may have missed some reports...back to normal now.
29th Apr 2016 Great Skua View Image two in outer Loch Snizort pushing north ((RMcM, AW)
29th Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image 5 in Broadford Bay (NB) and excellent count of 32 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
29th Apr 2016 Swallow still locally very sparse with first noted at Ardmore, Waternish (RA)
29th Apr 2016 Twite View Image increasing use of feeders probably due to cold weather with 4 at Waterloo (M.Brown)
27th Apr 2016 Knot still single in Broadford Bay + 17 Turnstone & 60 Ringed Plover (NB)
26th Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image 18 at Traigh,Morar (SMacD) & 4 at Waterloo (RMcM)
26th Apr 2016 White Wagtail View Image three at Camas Malag, Torrin (RMcM)
26th Apr 2016 Common Sandpiper View Image still thin on the ground but two at Dunan (G.Henderson)
26th Apr 2016 Lesser Redpoll View Image exceptionally early record of Female feeding a fully fledged young at Breackery, Culnacnoc, Staffin (MP)
25th Apr 2016 Canada Goose View Image 4 at Breakish Obbe (PP)
25th Apr 2016 Shelduck 18 at Pool Roag (RMcM)
25th Apr 2016 White Wagtail View Image two at Feorlig, Dunvegan (RMcM)
25th Apr 2016 Knot single in Broadford Bay (NB)
25th Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image 8 at Wateroo, Broadford (RMcM) (see Gallery)
25th Apr 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image leucistic (white) bird seen again at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (R.Dyer)
25th Apr 2016 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile reported on the beach at Tarskavaig
24th Apr 2016 Redstart male in territory at Ord (RMcM)
24th Apr 2016 White Wagtail View Image three at Tokavaig (RMcM) (seè Gallery)
24th Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image single at Tokavaig in morning and six at Waterloo in evening(RMcM)
24th Apr 2016 Sand Martin View Image c20 at Armadale fank (RMcM) & 6 on River Snizort at Peiness (J.MacKay) (see Gallery)
24th Apr 2016 Wheatear View Image fresh influx of birds with many leucorhoa types - 10males & 3 females round the Milovaig loop (AS) & 15 between Ord & Achnacloich (RMcM) (see Gallery)
24th Apr 2016 Tree Pipit View Image two singing birds at Ord (RMcM) and five at Leitir Fura (MB)
24th Apr 2016 Blackcap View Image singing bird at Leitir Fura, Kinloch (MB)
24th Apr 2016 Canada Goose View Image 6 in Balmeanach Bay (WM)
24th Apr 2016 Twite View Image 30 at Sartle, Staffin (MP)
23rd Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image 4 at Ashaig + 24 Golden Plover (A&EH); 5 Whimbrel at Waterloo in evening (RMcM)
23rd Apr 2016 White Wagtail View Image singles at Upper Milovaig (AS) and Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
22nd Apr 2016 Cuckoo calling birds at Flashader (J.Mackay) and Blackhill, Edinbane (CR)
22nd Apr 2016 Hawfinch still visiting garden at Dunvegan (I.Houston)
22nd Apr 2016 Grasshopper Warbler another reeling bird at Blackhill, Edinbane (CR)
22nd Apr 2016 Common Sandpiper View Image two at Sallachy, Loch Long (PS)
22nd Apr 2016 Great Skua View Image 6 on Staffin Island & offshore (NB)
22nd Apr 2016 Gannet c60 moving north at Staffin + good numbers of auks, fulmar and gulls (NB)
22nd Apr 2016 Puffin 244 counted from the Uig-Lochmaddy ferry (A.Hickey)
21st Apr 2016 Goosander View Image female visiting a probable nest site near the Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle(T. Schaub)
21st Apr 2016 Redwing View Image 21 at Sheader, Uig(T. Schaub)
21st Apr 2016 Hawfinch a probable pair present at bird feeders at Dunvegan yesterday (I.Houston) and male still present today (RMcM)(see Gallery)
21st Apr 2016 Cuckoo reports of calling birds from Kilmory, Rum (SM); from Lochlonghead, Lochalsh (PS); Leiter Fura, Kinloch (PK) and Hallin, Waternish (RA)
21st Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image 3 at Breakish Obbe + 9 Golden Plover (PP)
21st Apr 2016 Tree Pipit View Image at Leitir Fura, Kinloch, 5+ Tree Pipits + singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff (PK)
21st Apr 2016 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Lower Milovaig (AS)
21st Apr 2016 Redwing View Image still small numbers passing through with 10 at Brogaig, Staffin (MP)
21st Apr 2016 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Borve, our first report (T. Schaub)
20th Apr 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 90 north over Broadford (RMcM)
20th Apr 2016 Great Skua View Image single on Staffin Island (JDJones) & two in outer Loch Carron (M.Bliss)
20th Apr 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 10 on Loch Mealt (JDJones)
20th Apr 2016 Tree Pipit View Image single at Drumfearn, Sleat (PK)
20th Apr 2016 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in outer Loch Carron following fishing boat (M.Bliss)
20th Apr 2016 White Wagtail View Image single at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
20th Apr 2016 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Drumfearn, Sleat (PK)
20th Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image two at Waterloo (PK)
20th Apr 2016 Cuckoo another report from Fiscavaig (ST)
20th Apr 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image 10 at the mouth of the River Brittle (T. Schaub)
19th Apr 2016 Common Sandpiper View Image another early bird at Loch Beag, Struan (RMcM)
19th Apr 2016 Cuckoo first report with single at Treaslane (DFMacDonald)
19th Apr 2016 Swallow singles at Lower Milovaig (AS) , Ose (RMcM) and Loch Portree (NB)
19th Apr 2016 Canada Goose View Image 4 at Lower Breakish (PP)
19th Apr 2016 Twite View Image 3 at feeders at Upper Halistra, Waternish including a bird with colour rings (CM) - our breeding birds leave in the autumn and it has been established that this bird was ringed at Montrose Basin during the 2014/15 winter - with birds returning check and note sequence of any colour combinations please.
19th Apr 2016 Chiffchaff single at Claymore, Broadford (MB)
19th Apr 2016 Sand Martin View Image now up to 10 at Harrapool (MB)
19th Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image 8 at Lower Breakish (PP)
19th Apr 2016 Bottlenose Dolphin pod of five in Loch Portree (NB)
19th Apr 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image 5 territories along the ridge between the Storr & Quirang (T. Schaub)
18th Apr 2016 Iceland Gull View Image two on the shore at Achnacloich and a single at Loch na Dal, Kinloch, both Sleat (RMcM)
18th Apr 2016 Common Sandpiper View Image first report with a single at Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Apr 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image 7 probable non-breeding birds at Loch Slapin off Kilmarie (RMcM)
18th Apr 2016 Twite View Image 12 at Heaste (NB)
18th Apr 2016 House Martin View Image single at Drumfearn (PK)
18th Apr 2016 Swallow three at Drumfearn (PK) , 12 at Uig (I.Stewart) & a single at Portnalong (ST)
18th Apr 2016 Magpie srill at Ellishadder (I.Stewart)
17th Apr 2016 King Eider a bit out of our area but stunning male presently with Common Eider at Achiltibuie - see UK gallery.
17th Apr 2016 Twite View Image singing bird back in territory at Lower Milovaig (AS)
17th Apr 2016 Tree Sparrow single with House Sparrows at feeders Eigg (JC)
17th Apr 2016 Whooper Swan View Image still two at Loch Suardal (RW)
17th Apr 2016 Common Scoter still a single female at Loch Portree (NB)
17th Apr 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image three off Neist Point (T. Schaub)
16th Apr 2016 Nuthatch report of bird on feeders at Achnacloich, Sleat (per TH) - this is only the 2nd record for Skye
16th Apr 2016 Linnet singing male at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
16th Apr 2016 Wheatear View Image fairly widespread in Skye but two at Lochlonghead are first for Lochalsh (PS)
16th Apr 2016 White Wagtail View Image single at Harrapool (MB)
16th Apr 2016 Ringed Plover View Image 70 in Broadford Bay + 4 Greenshank (MB)
16th Apr 2016 Willow Warbler View Image 4 singing in Broadford area despite cold (MB)
16th Apr 2016 Great Skua View Image three on Eilean Fladday, Raasay (T. Schaub)
15th Apr 2016 Swallow two at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton + several Willow Warblers (M.Bliss); single Swallow at Roag (MF)
15th Apr 2016 Whooper Swan View Image still singles in the roadside pool at Inverinate (RMcM) and at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
15th Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image another report of a single over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
15th Apr 2016 Turnstone 24 in Broadford Bay + 40 Ringed Plover (NB)
15th Apr 2016 Greenland White-fronted Goose single at Traigh, Morar + a Pink-footed Goose with Greylags (SMacD)
15th Apr 2016 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Mallaig Pier (SMacD)
15th Apr 2016 Twite View Image 4 at Monkstadt, Kilmuir (HM) & 8 at feeders, Morar (SMacD)
14th Apr 2016 Swallow still scarce but single at Aros, Portree (JDJones)
14th Apr 2016 Whimbrel View Image 1st report of the spring with one calling over Broadford (MB)
14th Apr 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image 7-10 mostly males on Ben Tianavaig (H.Martin)
14th Apr 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image c80 north at Rubha Hunish (T.Schaub)
13th Apr 2016 New Website for information there is a new website for the wider highland area www.highlandbirds.scot - operating on behalf of the Highland Branch of the Scottish Ornithologists Club (SOC). This will not alter the existing format for Skye Birds records but any records of note received will be passed on
13th Apr 2016 Greenshank 9 at the head of Loch Sligachan are probably local breeding birds (NB)
12th Apr 2016 Willow Warbler View Image singing birds at Colbost & Dunvegan Road, Portree (AS); also three different sites in , Broadford (MB, NB)
12th Apr 2016 Swallow single at Harlosh (RMcM)
12th Apr 2016 Chiffchaff singing bird at Armadale (S.Terry)
12th Apr 2016 Twite View Image still slow to return with 4 in Heaste (NB)
12th Apr 2016 Redwing View Image still small groups moving north with 6 in Heaste & 14 in Harrapool (NB)
11th Apr 2016 Willow Warbler View Image widespread reports with two singing at Viewfield House, Portree (NB), two at Tokavaig (SMacQueen), and singles at Laig Bay, Eigg (D.Jones), Treaslane (DFMacd), and Broadford (S.Terry)
11th Apr 2016 Sand Martin View Image two nest prospecting at Laig Bay, Eigg (D.Jones)
11th Apr 2016 Chiffchaff singing bird at Ord (SMacQ)
11th Apr 2016 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Loch Kishorn (AMcN)
11th Apr 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image single reported at Drumfearn, Sleat (A.MacKinnon)
10th Apr 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image good numbers moving north on a broad front with 200 over Gedintailor (CA); 300 over Portnalong (ST); 120 in two skeins over Milovaig (AS)
10th Apr 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image a single at Meanish Pier (AS)
10th Apr 2016 Redwing View Image flocks still moving north with 40 at Kyleakin (A&EH) and at Lower Milovaig, with 60-70 round the Milovaig loop (AS); also c200 at Plockton Shinty pitch (M.Bliss)
10th Apr 2016 Wheatear View Image good influx on the Hill Road, Totarder overnight (MH) and also at Harrapool (MB)
10th Apr 2016 Swallow another single at Old Corry, Broadford (MB)
10th Apr 2016 Sand Martin View Image another single at Ashaig, Broadford (MB)
9th Apr 2016 Goosander View Image 5 in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
9th Apr 2016 Swallow a single at Broadford (MB)
8th Apr 2016 Swallow first report with three at Treaslane (DFMacDonald)
8th Apr 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image c250 north over Broadford (RMcM)
7th Apr 2016 Great Skua View Image single flew high from Isleornsay lighthouse north overland towards Broadford Bay (RMcM)
7th Apr 2016 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
7th Apr 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 6 north over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
6th Apr 2016 Hen Harrier View Image there have been a number of reports recently but as the breeding season is now on us, details of these sightings are being withheld. However, the sightings are extremely important as there is a national breeding survey this year so all reports from Skye and Lochalsh would be especially welcome. Updates will be provided throughout the season.
5th Apr 2016 Redwing View Image small flocks still moving north with 30+ at Ullinish (D.McGough)(see Gallery) & 20 at Limepark, Broadford (NB)+ good numbers passing through Rum (SM)
5th Apr 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Broadford Bay (NB)
5th Apr 2016 Great Skua View Image single at Plockton lighthouse (M.Bliss) & bird back in breeding territory Rum (SM)
5th Apr 2016 Chiffchaff one singing Kilmory, Rum (SM)
5th Apr 2016 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Kilmory, Rum (SM)(see Gallery)
5th Apr 2016 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image five at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
4th Apr 2016 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image 10 at Loch Mor, Waterstein (AS)
4th Apr 2016 Redwing View Image 30 at Glasphein (AS) and 20 at Heaste (NB)
4th Apr 2016 Red-throated Diver View Image two pairs at Neist Point (AS) and 10 off Ard Dorch (NB)
4th Apr 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image single at Neist Point (AS)
4th Apr 2016 Slavonian Grebe single at Scalpay Narrows (NB)
3rd Apr 2016 Sand Martin View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
3rd Apr 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image 68 between Pabay and the Skye Bridge in several roosting groups (RMcM)
3rd Apr 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image 8 off Lusa, Broadford (RMcM)
3rd Apr 2016 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird near Aros, Portree suggesting continuing range expansion (NB)
3rd Apr 2016 Common Scoter still female at Loch Portree + 49 Wigeon and 3 Greenshank (NB)
3rd Apr 2016 Canada Goose View Image single at Knock Bay, Sleat ( C.Wylie)
2nd Apr 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 39 flying north at Ashaig, Broadford (DM)
2nd Apr 2016 Wheatear View Image good influx on Eigg with 9 in fields west of Laig Bay - 7mm & 2ff (D.Jones); singles at Loch Cillchroisd (BTO), Camas Malag (JJ) and Tokavaig (NH)
2nd Apr 2016 Chiffchaff singing birds at Laig Bay, Eigg (D.Jones) & at Loch Cillchroisd (BTO)
2nd Apr 2016 Gannet two in Broadford Bay (MB)
2nd Apr 2016 Sand Martin View Image two at Morar (SMacD)
2nd Apr 2016 Redwing View Image migrants passing through with flocks of 20 at Kilbryde, Strath (JJ) and Earlish (NH), and 60+ at Home Farm, Portree (NB)
2nd Apr 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image 14 west of Skye Bridge early evening (B.Darvill)
1st Apr 2016 Gyr Falcon (North Uist) see new post on Blog
1st Apr 2016 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image 9 at Suardal, Strath (RMcM)
1st Apr 2016 Common Redpoll still visiting feeders at Uig with up to 14 Lesser Redpolls (ML)
1st Apr 2016 Twite View Image 9 at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)

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