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 Jul 2016 Whimbrel View Image two at Lochlonghead in evening (PS)
31st Jul 2016 Merlin View Image single chasing a Meadow Pipit near Drynoch (DB)
30th Jul 2016 Whitethroat View Image young fledged successfully at Earlish (NH)
30th Jul 2016 Twite View Image 80+ on Glas Eilean, Broadford (A&EH)
30th Jul 2016 Greylag Goose View Image 90+ at Sallachy, Loch Long, included youngsters (HS)
30th Jul 2016 Hen Harrier View Image see the Blog for details of a Highland Hen Harrier day event at Cairngorm on Sunday August 7.
30th Jul 2016 Cuckoo juvenile at Portree (DB)
30th Jul 2016 Peregrine View Image single at Neist Point (DB)
30th Jul 2016 Whimbrel View Image two at Neist Point (DB)
29th Jul 2016 Barn Owl View Image site occupied in Sleat (RMcM)
29th Jul 2016 Arctic Skua View Image pale phase bird in Sound of Sleat from ferry (RMcM)and a dark phase bird at Bererraig Bay (D.Blakesley)
29th Jul 2016 Merlin View Image probable fledged brood near Ullinish (PS)
28th Jul 2016 Peregrine View Image single at Skeabost Bridge (GF)
28th Jul 2016 Spotted Flycatcher View Image pair with fledged young at Broom Place, Portree (AS)
28th Jul 2016 Grasshopper Warbler "keep on reeling" - two birds at Tarscavaig and a single at Drumbuie (N.Hinchliff); also a single at Flodigarry (D.Blakesley) and still active at Morar (SMacD)
28th Jul 2016 Arctic Skua View Image dark phase bird between Rum & Soay from MV Sheerwater (RD)
27th Jul 2016 Teal View Image female with five young close to fledging at Loch Meodal, Sleat (RMcM)
27th Jul 2016 Grasshopper Warbler still a reeling bird at Broadford (NB)
27th Jul 2016 Sanderling View Image 9 at Staffin Bay with 10 Dunlin (MP)
27th Jul 2016 Tufted Duck View Image 14 at Loch Mealt & still 4 Whooper Swans (DB)
27th Jul 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two at Loch Portree & six Greenshanks (DB)
26th Jul 2016 Highland Bird Report 2014 The HBR for 2014 has just been published - see the Blog and News for details.
26th Jul 2016 Whooper Swan View Image still four at Loch Mealt (DB)
26th Jul 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still four at Loch Portree (RMcM)
26th Jul 2016 Greenshank 8 at Loch Portree (RMcM) & 7 on Ardnish, Broadford yesterday (NB)
26th Jul 2016 Curlew 76 at Loch Portree (RMcM)
26th Jul 2016 Oystercatcher 60 at Loch Portree; 400 in greater Broadford Bay (RMcM)
26th Jul 2016 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Staffin Bay (DB)
25th Jul 2016 Dunlin View Image numbers building with 110 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
25th Jul 2016 Oystercatcher 180+ at high tide roosts Ashaig & Glas Eilean (RMcM)
25th Jul 2016 Redshank 50+ on Ardnish (RMcM)
25th Jul 2016 Storm Petrel one rescued from the cat at Dun Studio, Roskill, Dunvegan, and safely released (J&A Bathgate)
25th Jul 2016 Greylag Goose View Image 200+ including fledglings at the head of Loch Carron (RMcM)
25th Jul 2016 Sanderling View Image seven at Staffin Bay (MP)
25th Jul 2016 Twite View Image 50 on Ardnish, Broadford (NB)
24th Jul 2016 Whinchat View Image brood of two fledged at Scullamus, Breakish (RMcM) (see Gallery)
24th Jul 2016 Whooper Swan View Image three at Loch Mealt (D.Blakesley)
24th Jul 2016 Whimbrel View Image single at Dunan (D.Blakesley)
24th Jul 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image evening arrival at high tide in the rain with 74 in Breakish Obbe and 23 at Glas Eilean, Waterloo, including juveniles (PP, RMcM); also 5 at Loch Portree (NB)
24th Jul 2016 Oystercatcher 80 at Loch Portree and 4 Greenshank (NB)
23rd Jul 2016 Black-headed Gull two groups of 25 and 24 adults arrived separately in Broadford Bay, obviously dispersing from breeding colonies elsewhere (MB)
23rd Jul 2016 Greylag Goose View Image 80 at Ashaig, Broadford + 75 Oystercatcher (A&EH)
22nd Jul 2016 Great Skua View Image single flew along the escarpment at Beinn nan Carn above Heaste. (D.Rose)
21st Jul 2016 Great Skua View Image three off Ashaig, Broadford harassing Greylags (A&EH)
21st Jul 2016 Greylag Goose View Image 75 at Ardmore, Waternish including young (RA)
21st Jul 2016 Chiffchaff still a singing bird at Portree and a singing Sedge Warbler at Broadford (NB)
20th Jul 2016 Dunlin View Image 50 at Broadford Bay, all adults except single juvenile (RMcM) & 8 at Staffin Bay (MP)
20th Jul 2016 Common Tern View Image 27 in Broadford Bay included a single juvenile (NB)
20th Jul 2016 Whinchat View Image another pair at the limekiln, Broadford, with several young (NB)
20th Jul 2016 Sanderling View Image singles at Staffin Bay (MP) and Broadford Bay (MB)
20th Jul 2016 Swift rwo at Bornesketaig (MP)
19th Jul 2016 Whinchat View Image pair at Harrapool with two fledged young (NB)
19th Jul 2016 Greylag Goose View Image c80 on Ardnish, Broadford including well grown young (A&EH)
19th Jul 2016 Common Sandpiper View Image 8 at Lochlonghead (PS)
19th Jul 2016 Swift single at Leitir Fura, Kinloch (PK)
19th Jul 2016 Sanderling View Image single at Talisker Bay (PK)
18th Jul 2016 Sanderling View Image 41 at Staffin Bay is an excellent count (MP)
17th Jul 2016 Eider c280 in moulting flock at mouth of Loch Ainort (RMCM)
17th Jul 2016 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 24 at the head of Loch Ainort + 56 Greylags (RMCM)
17th Jul 2016 Whinchat View Image pair with three fledged young at Home Farm, Portree (NB)
17th Jul 2016 Oystercatcher 70 at Loch Portree & 4 Greenshank (NB)
17th Jul 2016 Pomarine Skua View Image single off Arisaig late afternoon (RD)
15th Jul 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 16 in Broadford Bay early evening (MB)
15th Jul 2016 Sandwich Tern View Image 4 in Broadford Bay (MB)
14th Jul 2016 Black Guillemot View Image c20 pairs in Loch Slapin on Drinan - Glasnakille shore (MK,RMCM)
14th Jul 2016 Whimbrel View Image 3 in Broadford Bay + 44 Curlew & 58 Oystercatcher (MB)
14th Jul 2016 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird still at Loch nan Dubhrachan, Sleat (PP)
13th Jul 2016 Twite View Image a colour ringed adult Twite noted at Isleornsay on July 1 by G.Rees, and part of a family group, appears to have been ringed in its wintering grounds at Connah’s Quay NR, Flintshire
13th Jul 2016 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image juvenile noted at Elgol (MK)
13th Jul 2016 Swallow leucistic (white) bird hunting with others at Uig (ML)
12th Jul 2016 Yellowhammer two young birds visiting feeders at Plockton (JS)
11th Jul 2016 Arctic Tern View Image c20 in Staffin Bay (NB)
11th Jul 2016 Goosander View Image 12 in Loch Slapin, all redheads (RMcM)
11th Jul 2016 Red-breasted Merganser View Image single female with 19 ducklings at Ashaig, Broadford (A&EH)
10th Jul 2016 Redshank 72 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
10th Jul 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in Broadford Bay + a single summer plumage Knot (RMcM)
10th Jul 2016 Greylag Goose View Image total of 70 off Ashaig including goslings (A&EH)
9th Jul 2016 Grasshopper Warbler still a reeling bird at Earlish (NH)
9th Jul 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 6 at Waterloo, Broadford Bay (MB)
9th Jul 2016 Peregrine View Image a female hunting over Glas Eilean, Broadford, today and yesterday (MB,NB)
8th Jul 2016 Redshank numbers building up with 34 at Breakish Obbe this morning (PP); & 40+ at Loch Portree (A&E Pritchard)
8th Jul 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 8 flew south from Broadford Bay am (A&E Pritchard), then two in the Bay later (MB); two at Loch Portree (A&E Pritchard)
8th Jul 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image two at Loch Portree (A&E Pritchard)
8th Jul 2016 Whooper Swan View Image four at Loch Mealt (A&E Pritchard) - it is unusual to have 4 adult birds summering, probably the same birds noted at Dunvegan on June 6.
7th Jul 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Broadford Bay (RMcM)
7th Jul 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image still a single off Ashaig, + 35 Greylag Goose including well grown goslings (RMcM)
7th Jul 2016 Oystercatcher c50 at Loch Portree + 32 Curlew and 12 Redshank (NB)
6th Jul 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image 30+ in Sound of Raasay from MV Brigadoon (PE)
5th Jul 2016 Oystercatcher numbers slowly building with c100 at Ashaig (A&EH)
4th Jul 2016 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image pair successfully fledged young at Tormore, Sleat (KMcA)
4th Jul 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image single with Greylags on Ardnish (PP) - this is probably a feral bird which has been reported previously
4th Jul 2016 Red Grouse female crossed Heaste Road with 5/6 young (NB)
4th Jul 2016 Peregrine View Image single in Broadford Bay spooking 18 Curlew (NB)
3rd Jul 2016 Spotted Flycatcher View Image another breeding report - this time Lower Milovaig (AS) - breeding widespread on island
3rd Jul 2016 Lapwing 31 at Suardal, Strath possibly included some local breeders (A&EH)
2nd Jul 2016 Grasshopper Warbler at least four reeling birds in 40 acre patch at Tote (CH)
2nd Jul 2016 Great Skua View Image at least 7 over Pabay (NB)
2nd Jul 2016 Whinchat View Image pair feeding young at Lower Breakish (A&EH)
2nd Jul 2016 Greenshank pair with two fledged young at Broadford Bay (MB)
1st Jul 2016 Spotted Flycatcher View Image pair breeding in a nestbox site at Caroy (M.Sellors) (see Gallery) & report of an alarming bird at Aird, Sleat, yesterday (G.Rees)
1st Jul 2016 Knot single in Broadford Bay (MB) & 7 Wigeon at Ashaig (RMcM)
1st Jul 2016 Dunlin View Image at least three territories near the Black Lochs, Broadford (G.Rees)
1st Jul 2016 Arctic Skua View Image dark morph bird off Isleornsay (G.Rees)

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