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 Sep 2016 Slavonian Grebe up to 6 in Broadford Bay (R.Doan, D.Halpin); two at the head of Loch Ainort (JDJ)
30th Sep 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Loch Fada (RMcM)
30th Sep 2016 Pintail 3 on Loch Mealt, Staffin(RMcM)
30th Sep 2016 Twite View Image flock of 80 at Bornesketaig (RMcM)
30th Sep 2016 Arctic Skua View Image single dark morph south at Camus Mor, Bornesketaig & 80 Kittiwake (RMcM)
30th Sep 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image three in Broadford Bay (D.Halpin)
30th Sep 2016 Chiffchaff singles at Lower Milovaig and Waterstein (P.Stronach)
30th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image still 5 in Broadford Bay (NB)
30th Sep 2016 Long-tailed Skua adult on sea in Broadford Bay (NB)
29th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image still c70 in Broadford Bay sheltering from the gales which left when the weather settled around midday (RMcM); in late afternoon there were two groups of fresh arrivals totalling 59 birds (NB)
29th Sep 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image a single in Broadford Bay and skeins of 120 and 200 south over Broadford midday, then 60 over Scalpay late afternoon (RMcM, NB)
29th Sep 2016 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Ullinish (D.McGough) (see Gallery)
29th Sep 2016 Arctic Tern View Image a juvenile, probable Arctic Tern at Isleornsay (RC); there was another at Loch Ainort (NB)
29th Sep 2016 Red-breasted Merganser View Image still 32 at the head of Loch Ainort + 80 Shag (RMcM)
29th Sep 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 20 at Loch Portree and 12 at Broadford Bay (NB)
29th Sep 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 27 at the head of Loch Snizort-Beag at Skeabost (RA) and 6 at Broadford Bay (MB)
29th Sep 2016 Scaup two at Broadford Bay and 8 Tufted Duck (MB)
28th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image 75 in Broadford Bay at high tide, 50% of which were juveniles (NB,RMcM)(see Gallery); 30 flew east off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
28th Sep 2016 Great White Egret no sign of yesterday's bird in the Glendale area but every chance it is still in the area - see Gallery for a record shot from Andrew Gouldstone
28th Sep 2016 Red-backed Shrike no sign of the bird reported in a private garden in the Glendale area yesterday - see Gallery for several images taken through glass. This is only the 2nd record for Skye with the first in September 1988.
27th Sep 2016 Grey Plover View Image flock of 50 at Trumpan, Waternish (A.Gouldstone)
27th Sep 2016 Whinchat View Image late juvenile at Harrapool where there was also a family group of three Stonechats (NB)
27th Sep 2016 Wheatear View Image late bird on the Heaste road (NB)
27th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image flock of 16 resting at Broadford Bay (NB); still 5 at Arisaig (SMacD)
27th Sep 2016 Ringed Plover View Image 130+ at Broadford Bay & 110 Dunlin (NB) - at high tide many birds moved south despite the gale
27th Sep 2016 Red-backed Shrike juvenile present in a private garden in the Glendale area (A&R Arnold)
27th Sep 2016 Great White Egret single reported on the Hamara River, Glendale, in early evening (A.Gouldstone) - this is a first record for Skye and Lochalsh.
27th Sep 2016 Golden Plover c50 in small groups south passed Mallaig and Traigh (SMacD)
25th Sep 2016 Twite View Image flock of 50 at Claigan, Dunvegan (A.Gouldstone)
25th Sep 2016 Grey Plover View Image single at Claigan, Dunvegan (A.Gouldstone)
25th Sep 2016 Goldfinch charm of 40 at Kyleakin (A&EH)
25th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image five at Arisaig for the second day (RD, SMacD) and a single at Claigan, Dunvegan (A.Gouldstone)
25th Sep 2016 Goldeneye three on Loch Mor, Waterstein (A.Gouldstone)
24th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three in Broadford Bay and 15 Bar-tailed (MB)
24th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image single pale bellied in Broadford Bay (MB)
24th Sep 2016 Sand Martin View Image stilll active at colonies in Dunvegan (MC)
24th Sep 2016 Grey Plover View Image single at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
24th Sep 2016 Goldfinch 120+ at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig (SMacD) and 35 Lapwing
23rd Sep 2016 Whooper Swan View Image the four summering birds are still on Loch Mealt where there were also 11 Tufted Duck (NB)
23rd Sep 2016 Redshank 70 at Loch Portree + 5 Greenshank and 23 Wigeon (NB)
23rd Sep 2016 Swift a very late bird at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
22nd Sep 2016 Sanderling View Image still three at Staffin Bay (MP) with two at Broadford Bay (MB)
22nd Sep 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 6 in Staffin Bay and exceptional count of 65 Ringed Plover (MP)
21st Sep 2016 Leach's Storm Petrel single reported from Uig-Lochmaddy ferry (per Birdguides)
19th Sep 2016 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 17 south over Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
16th Sep 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image another three birds released at Broadford this morning (MB)
16th Sep 2016 Lapland Bunting single at Mullach Mor, Rum (SM)
16th Sep 2016 Sabine's Gull two juveniles east of Staffin Island from Hebridean Whale Cruises (ND)
15th Sep 2016 Common Redpoll a very pale bird showing the characteristics of 'Common' visiting feeders at Uig (ML)
15th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still a single in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
15th Sep 2016 Blackcap View Image two in the grounds of Viewfield House, Portree (NB)
15th Sep 2016 Manx Shearwaters to date some 21 grounded birds have been found in Broadford by Martin Benson and returned safely to the sea - please be vigilant and try and rescue these disorientated young birds.
15th Sep 2016 Sabine's Gull juvenile with Kittiwakes from the Lochmaddy-Uig ferry (PS,MW)
14th Sep 2016 Water Rail one crossed the road at Conordan, Braes (RMcM)
14th Sep 2016 White Wagtail View Image four at Aird Bernisdale, Braes (RMcM)
14th Sep 2016 Slavonian Grebe two at the head of a Loch Ainort (JDJ)
14th Sep 2016 Red-breasted Merganser View Image c50 in moulting flock at head of Loch Ainort (JDJ)
14th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image 10 at Broadford Bay (RMcM)
14th Sep 2016 Pintail flock of 15 at Ardnish, Broadford and 19 Teal (ML,RMcM)
14th Sep 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image resident single at Ardnish, Broadford with Greylags (ML)
14th Sep 2016 Greenshank six at Loch Portree and 60 Redshank (NB)
14th Sep 2016 Moorhen single at Ardmore, Waternish (RA)
13th Sep 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image another four birds grounded last night and released safely this morning (MB) (see Gallery)
13th Sep 2016 Whimbrel View Image 15 flew south from Broadford Bay at high tide (RMcM, NB)
13th Sep 2016 Blackcap View Image two possible juveniles at Broadford and c6 Willow Warblers (NB)
13th Sep 2016 Knot two at Neist Point + two Minke Whales (AS)
13th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 5 at Ardmore, Waternish, and 6 at Roag (RA); also 5 at Loch Portree (NB)
13th Sep 2016 Lapland Bunting single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
12th Sep 2016 Curlew Sandpiper View Image three in Broadford Bay (MB,NB)
12th Sep 2016 Whimbrel View Image 18 in Broadford Bay + 9 Sanderling & 2 Knot (MB,NB) - also 7 Knot in Breakish Obbe (PP)
12th Sep 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 23 in Broadford Bay, 8 at Loch Portree (MB,NB) - and 12 in Breakish Obbe (PP)
12th Sep 2016 Ringed Plover View Image 230+ in Broadford Bay + 200+ Dunlin (MB,NB)
12th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image flock of 15 arrived Broadford Bay early evening (RMcM)
12th Sep 2016 Golden Plover flock of 50 at Loch Ainort (NB)
12th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three at Loch Portree (NB)
12th Sep 2016 Redshank 40 at Loch Portree (NB) and 28 at Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Sep 2016 Common Scoter single female type at Breakish Obbe (PP)
11th Sep 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image more reports of grounded birds, two in Broadford and one in Elgol - safely returned to sea
11th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 15 in Broadford Bay + 10 Knot (JDJones)
10th Sep 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 12 in Broadford Bay + 300 Ringed Plover & 200 Dunlin (NB)
10th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image 13 at the head of Loch Ainort (NB) & 21 at Ardnish, Broadford (MB & SOC Branch Outing)
10th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two at Ardnish, Broadford (MB & SOC Branch Outing)
10th Sep 2016 Sanderling View Image 5 in Broadford Bay and 2 Knot (MB & SOC Branch Outing)
9th Sep 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image grounded bird at Plockton last night was safely returned to sea at Skye Bridge (EP) - in current weather conditions young birds are often disorientated and become grounded - any such birds keep them in a box overnight and release in the sea in daylight
9th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image three at Kilmory, Rum (A.Morris)
8th Sep 2016 Great Skua View Image six off Camas Mor, Bornesketaig and 7 off Kilmaluag Bay (ML, RMcM)
8th Sep 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image single off Camas Mor, Bornesketaig (ML, RMcM)
8th Sep 2016 Pomarine Skua View Image single adult off Kilmaluag Bay (ML, RMcM)
8th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image 25 moving west off Kilmaluag Bay (ML, RMcM)
8th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image still a single in Broadford Bay (MB)
7th Sep 2016 Brent Goose View Image first arrivals with 6 at Loch Sligachan (JDJ)
7th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 19 through Broadford Bay (RMcM)
7th Sep 2016 Ruff juvenile in Broadford Bay (RMcM) (see Gallery)
7th Sep 2016 Greenshank 5 in Loch Portree + 10 Goosander (RA)
7th Sep 2016 Sabine's Gull adult 6kms east of Staffin Island (ND)
7th Sep 2016 Sooty Shearwater View Image 40 recorded 6kms east of Staffin Island (ND) and a Little Gull
7th Sep 2016 Whimbrel View Image single noted at Loch Scresort, Rum (SM)
7th Sep 2016 Sabine's Gull adult reported from a fishing boat off the Crowlins in the Inner Sound (M.Bliss)
6th Sep 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image 60+ off Waternish Point from the ferry (RMcM)
6th Sep 2016 Arctic Skua View Image single dark morph bird in Loch Snizort from the ferry (RMcM AW)
6th Sep 2016 Knot 8 in Broadford Bay + 2 Sanderling (MB)
6th Sep 2016 Dunlin View Image still good numbers moving through with 180 in Broadford Bay (MB)
6th Sep 2016 Common Sandpiper View Image one calling in darkness over Broadford Bay (MB)
4th Sep 2016 Sabine's Gull adult 5 miles east of Staffin Island (ND)
4th Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in Broadford Bay and a single Sanderling (AW)
4th Sep 2016 Minke Whale single off Waternish Point and 30+ Common Dolphin from the ferry (RMcM & AW)
3rd Sep 2016 White Wagtail View Image singles Inverarish, Raasay (DCJ) and Kyleakin (RMcM)
3rd Sep 2016 Twite View Image c40 at Inverarish, Raasay (DCJ)
3rd Sep 2016 Eider 40 in Inverarish Bay, Raasay (DCJ)
3rd Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two at Ashaig (DCJ)
2nd Sep 2016 Black Redstart View Image late late news of a female Black Redstart at the Wee Tea Room at Eynort on May 12 (Jon Pear) (see Gallery)
2nd Sep 2016 Whimbrel View Image 5 on Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM) early morning then 18 at Harrapool,later (A&EH)
2nd Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 3 on Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM); singles at Loch Snizort-Beag (D.Bickerton) and at the head of Loch Harport (A.Appleton)
2nd Sep 2016 Sanderling View Image 5 in Broadford Bay (A&EH) and a single at Fiskavaig (A.Appleton)
2nd Sep 2016 Pomarine Skua View Image dark morph bird of Rhu Bornesketaig (RMcM)
2nd Sep 2016 White Wagtail View Image single at Kilt Rock car park (RMcM)
1st Sep 2016 Knot flock of 37 arrived Broadford Bay in morning (RMcM) with a max of 123 in late afternoon (NB)
1st Sep 2016 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three in Broadford Bay (RMcM); high tide at Loch Portree late afternoon peak count of 80 (NB) and 27 at Breakish Obbe (PP)
1st Sep 2016 Ringed Plover View Image 200+ in Broadford Bay (NB) and 45 at Staffin Bay (MP)
1st Sep 2016 Dunlin View Image 300+ in Broadford Bay (MB,NB)
1st Sep 2016 Sanderling View Image 8 in Staffin Bay (MP) and 7 in Broadford Bay (MB,NB)
1st Sep 2016 Whimbrel View Image 25 in Broadford Bay (MB,RMcM) + a flock of 60 Redshank
1st Sep 2016 Ruff juvenile at Traigh, Morar still, associating with four Black-tailed Godwit (SMacD)

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