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 Jun 2016 Hen Harrier View Image of five known pairs in North Skye study area, all have failed with fox predation the main factor - see Blog
29th Jun 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still three in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
29th Jun 2016 Whimbrel View Image single on Ardnish with 10 Curlew (RMcM)
28th Jun 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image c35 at Broadford Bay in summer plumage, returning failed or non-breeders (MB,RMcM) (see Gallery) - later seen heading south over the Black Lochs (G.Rees); new birds - later 52 at Lower Breakish (PP); also a single at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
28th Jun 2016 Magpie long staying single still at Clachan, Staffin (S.Stephenson)
28th Jun 2016 Teal View Image female with 6 well grown ducklings at Black Lochs, Broadford (G.Rees)
28th Jun 2016 Barn Owl View Image single over the road near Kinloch, Sleat (RC)
28th Jun 2016 Turnstone 9-10 flying south at sea two miles off Arisaig (RD)
27th Jun 2016 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail on Ardnish, Broadford is possibly a passage bird (PP)
26th Jun 2016 Eider now c250 in annual moulting flock at Loch Ainort (RMcM)
26th Jun 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single at Shamhnan Insir, Rum (SM)
25th Jun 2016 Yellowhammer pair regularly visiting feeders at Plockton & at least one fledged youngster now (JS)
24th Jun 2016 Turnstone small numbers of other waders already on the move with 20 Turnstone & 10 Common Sandpipers at Harrapool (A&EH)
24th Jun 2016 Lapwing still 5 at Strath Suardal two of which had single chicks (A&EH)
24th Jun 2016 Red Kite View Image single over the saddle, Eigg (per JC)
24th Jun 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two in Broadford Bay & 15 Redshank (MB)
23rd Jun 2016 Dunlin View Image territorial bird at Mullach Mor, Rum (SM)
23rd Jun 2016 Redshank two breeding pairs on Staffin Island + breeding Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe and at least six pairs of Oystercatcher (RMcM)(see the Blog)
23rd Jun 2016 Great Skua View Image at least seven pairs on Staffin Island though a few were probably non breeders (RMcM)(see Gallery and the Blog)
22nd Jun 2016 Sandwich Tern View Image 8 in Broadford Bay (MB) is a high count.
22nd Jun 2016 Whinchat View Image pair with 2/3 fledged young at Harrapool (NB)
22nd Jun 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image single in Loch Slapin (RMcM)
21st Jun 2016 Whinchat View Image at least three active territories near the Black Lochs, Broadford (RMcM)
21st Jun 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image single off Lub Score, Duntuilm (NB)
21st Jun 2016 Great Skua View Image 4 at Rubha Hunish & 20 Puffin offshore (NB)
20th Jun 2016 Shelduck pair with brood 3/4 at Ullinish (PS)
19th Jun 2016 Chiffchaff two singing birds still at Eynort during BBS visit(CH)
18th Jun 2016 Grasshopper Warbler late reeling birds at Elgol and Kilmarie (IR), Scullamus (RMcM) and Portree (TH)
18th Jun 2016 Greylag Goose View Image 10 adults and 18 young on Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
18th Jun 2016 Dotterel View Image single noted in Kintail during a guided walk (RA)
17th Jun 2016 Greylag Goose View Image several pairs with 14 well grown young at Loch Kishorn (RMcM) (see Gallery)
17th Jun 2016 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image at least two fledged young at Applecross House (RMcM)
16th Jun 2016 Grasshopper Warbler one still reeling at Tote (CH)
16th Jun 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image single at Glen Sligachan (D.Morris)
15th Jun 2016 Tree Pipit View Image still several singing between Ord and Tokavaig (RMcM)
15th Jun 2016 Peregrine Falcon adult female over Scullamus, Breakish (RMcM)
14th Jun 2016 White-tailed Eagle View Image please see the Blog for details of an adult bird which was a victim of a turbine strike at Edinbane windfarm.
14th Jun 2016 Goosander View Image 18 at Loch Portree (NB) and c12 at Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
14th Jun 2016 Eider 115 in moulting flock at mouth of Loch Ainort (NB)
13th Jun 2016 Black-headed Bunting no sign of bird in private garden in Glendale area today (SR)
12th Jun 2016 Sanderling View Image single at Ardmore, Waternish + 30 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover (RMcM)
12th Jun 2016 Black-headed Bunting bird still present in a private garden in the Glendale area today - please note there is no access to this garden and all images have been taken from within the house.
11th Jun 2016 Black-headed Bunting male still visiting private garden in Glendale area - this is the first record for Skye and Lochalsh
11th Jun 2016 Garden Warbler one singing in garden at Trumpan, Waternish (N.Truby) & another at Carr. Brae, Lochalsh (RMcM)
11th Jun 2016 Magpie 'north end' bird still around with report at Clachan, Staffin (SP)
10th Jun 2016 Quail one calling at Bornesketaig (SP)
10th Jun 2016 Black-headed Bunting male found in a private garden in Glendale area (SR) - see video https://youtu.be/x0GrDbIG04k by Andy Stables (see Gallery)
9th Jun 2016 Grey Wagtail View Image pair at Attadale and a Chiffchaff (H&MS)
9th Jun 2016 Swift two over Morar village (SMacD)
9th Jun 2016 Golden Plover 12 at Suardal, Strath (D.Ingles); territorial birds at Ben Roishader (RMcM); distraction display at Healabhal Mhor on 8th (M.Forsyth)
8th Jun 2016 Sandwich Tern View Image 4 at the Skye Bridge (A&EH)
7th Jun 2016 Tree Pipit View Image singing bird Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
7th Jun 2016 Quail calling bird at Glenconon, Uig (A.Benn)
7th Jun 2016 Hobby bird reported on Eigg this morning (Birdguides)
7th Jun 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image good numbers being recorded in the Trotternish ridge this year with in the Quirang area, three singing males, a pair, and a male with two fledged young (N.Truby)
7th Jun 2016 Short-eared Owl View Image few reports this year but single seen on Tarner Island, Bracadale Bay (NH)
6th Jun 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 4 at Loch Corlarach, Dunvegan are exceptionally late (N.Truby) (see Gallery)
6th Jun 2016 Whitethroat View Image singing male at Gillen, Waternish (N.Truby)
6th Jun 2016 Canada Goose View Image adult with four goslings at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (R.Dyer)
5th Jun 2016 Estonia Birds and Bears see the recent post on the blog
5th Jun 2016 Common Crossbill View Image pair with four fledged young at Ben Uigshader forestry (RMcM)
5th Jun 2016 Greylag Goose View Image 25 adults and 23 goslings on Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
5th Jun 2016 Osprey View Image single over Sluggans, Portree, early afternoon (NH)
5th Jun 2016 Common Whitethroat View Image single at Earlish (NH)
5th Jun 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image three separate males in the Quirang area including a male feeding fledged young (R.Wright)
5th Jun 2016 Whooper Swan View Image probable summering bird on loch Leum na luring, Trotternish (R.Wright)
5th Jun 2016 Ringed Plover View Image 30+ at Ardmore, Waternish & 5 Dunlin & two Turnstone (N.Truby)
5th Jun 2016 Grasshopper Warbler Reeling bird at Dalavil, Sleat (H&MS)
5th Jun 2016 Woodcock adult with three small young at Inver, Raasay (DM)
4th Jun 2016 Great Skua View Image pair at Waternish Point (D.Rose)
3rd Jun 2016 Lapwing 24 at Suardal, Strath are probably non or failed breeders + a Golden Plover (RMcM)
3rd Jun 2016 Grey Wagtail View Image fledged brood of three noted at Kilmarie, Strath (RMcM)
2nd Jun 2016 The Skye 200 see the recent blog post.
1st Jun 2016 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image pair feeding young in woodland at Ord (RMcM,AW)
1st Jun 2016 Black-throated Diver View Image single birds noted on two loch in south Skye (RMcM,AW)
1st Jun 2016 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Luib (RMcM)
1st Jun 2016 Wood Warbler two singing birds at Duisdale and two at Achnacloich (RMcM, AW)

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