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 Oct 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 13 in Breakish Obbe at first light (NH); 24 over Kyleakin (A&EH); 16 east at Portnalong (ST); 13 west at Edinbane (CR); 6 at Milton Loch, Applecross (P.Chamberlain); 17 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan including pair with 4 juvs; herds of 13 and 27 over Rum (SM); 18 over Morar, 12 over Arisaig & 12 over Muck (SMacD, RD)
31st Oct 2016 Brent Goose View Image now 16 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
31st Oct 2016 Mediterranean Gull 1st winter in Broadford Bay (RMcM) (see Gallery) & 184 Black-headed Gulls (NB)
31st Oct 2016 Magpie single at Edinbane this morning (CR) - not clear whether this is our long staying bird from the 'north end'
30th Oct 2016 Brent Goose View Image still 15 in Broadford Bay this morning (MB,RMcM) and same 7 still on Rum (SM)
30th Oct 2016 Fieldfare/Redwing by midday numbers much reduced Broadford, but 1000+ st Strollamus/Ard Dorch (RMcM) ; reduced numbers Kyleakin but still 2-300 (A&EH)
30th Oct 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 28 south between Arisaig & Eigg early morning (RD); 14 at Loch Sligachan (RMcM), 17 over Kyleakin (A&EH), and 14 over Black Lochs towards Sound of Sleat (F.Simpson)
30th Oct 2016 Goosander View Image 13 in Loch Harport and 5 at Loch Dunvegan (RMcM)
30th Oct 2016 Wigeon 58 at Loch Dunvegan (RMcM)
30th Oct 2016 Black-headed Gull 65 in Broadford Bay (MB) and 70 in Loch Dunvegan (RMcM) - both feeding on fish fry
30th Oct 2016 Waxwing View Image 20 at Drumfearn (PK)
30th Oct 2016 Long-tailed Duck View Image probable female, still at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (RD)
30th Oct 2016 Jack Snipe View Image single at Earlish (NH)
30th Oct 2016 Jack Snipe View Image single at Earlish (NH)
29th Oct 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 3 in Broadford Bay in morning flew south; 50 into Broadford Bay at midday which split with 30 south over Scullamus and the remainder going via Loch Slapin (MB,RMcM); also 34 at Pool Roag, Dunvegan (PE); 14 east at Kyleakin late morning (HS) and 7 in afternoon (A&EH); 10 in two groups over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
29th Oct 2016 Waxwing View Image group of 8 in Broadford (NB,MB)
29th Oct 2016 Greenland White-fronts 19 south-west over Broadford in morning (NB)
29th Oct 2016 Brent Goose View Image new group of 15 arrived late afternoon in Broadford Bay (NB, MB, RMcM); 9 over Glasphein, Staffin, heading west towards Uig (MP); also 7 on Rum including another colour ringed bird (SM)
29th Oct 2016 Fieldfare/Redwing still large flocks moving through with 1000 in 30 mins at Kyleakin (HS); c1500 in Broadford area (RMcM)
29th Oct 2016 Barnacle Goose View Image single at Lower Milovaig (AS)
29th Oct 2016 Gadwall View Image two females with Wigeon at the head of Loch Sligachan (NB) - a small number of Gadwall wintered here until a few years ago - hope they have returned.
29th Oct 2016 Long-tailed Duck View Image single at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (RD SMacD)
28th Oct 2016 Mediterranean Gull adult briefly at the mouth of Broadford Bay mid afternoon (NB)
28th Oct 2016 Common Scoter c35 well offshore in Broadford Bay near Pabay mid afternoon (NB, RMcM); a single at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD)
28th Oct 2016 Brent Goose View Image 12 in Broadford Bay include a colour ringed adult, a new group from yesterday (S.Gregory) (see Gallery); also separate group of 13 at Loch Sligachan (NB)
28th Oct 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 20 in Broadford Bay am (P.Olde-Wolbers); 17 over Kyleakin Obbe at midday (A&EH); 5 landed on sea at Pabay late afternoon (NB,RMcM); 12 at Loch Portree (NB) and also 12 on the sea at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD). Lastly 45-50 flying over the sea at Mallaig at dusk (SMacD)
28th Oct 2016 Fieldfare View Image huge flocks of mixed thrushes, predominantly Fieldfare passing through Kyleakin (thousands!)(HS,A&EH); 1000+ at Sassaig, Sleat (RMcM)
28th Oct 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image 6 in Sound of Sleat near Armadale (RMcM)
28th Oct 2016 Greenland White-fronts 27 flew south over Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
28th Oct 2016 Long-tailed Tit View Image exceptional count of 50 at Harrapool (P.Olde-Wolbers)
28th Oct 2016 Golden Plover 90 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
27th Oct 2016 Brent Goose View Image 17 in Broadford Bay in the morning (C.Bell) increasing to 36 by late afternoon (NB, JDJ)
27th Oct 2016 Redwing/Fieldfare 400+ south over Kyleakin mid morning (HS) with 2000 estimated by mid-afternoon; (A&EH); c200 near Cluanie Inn mid afternoon (RMcM)
27th Oct 2016 Waxwing View Image 6 at Portree Industrial Estate (AS)
26th Oct 2016 Redwing/Fieldfare heavy passage through Kyleakin with 500+, probably many more (A&EH)
26th Oct 2016 Blackcap View Image male and female in Lodge grounds Eigg (JC)
26th Oct 2016 Osprey View Image very late bird above Kinloch, Sleat, harassed by Raven (S.Borthwick)
26th Oct 2016 Woodcock bird at Lower Milovaig (AS)
26th Oct 2016 Swallow late bird at Camus na Sgianadin (AMcL)
26th Oct 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image adult and two juveniles at Plockton (P.Speak) and a single at Camus na Sgianadin (AMcL)
25th Oct 2016 Blackcap View Image female in garden at Lower Milovaig (AS)
25th Oct 2016 Turtle Dove one at Borreraig (T.Kinch) - this is possibly the same bird seen briefly by Andy Stables not far away on the 5th
25th Oct 2016 Shoveler male at Pool Roag near Dunvegan (T.Kinch)
25th Oct 2016 Redwing/Fieldfare 250+ pushing through Kyleakin (A&EH); 2000 mainly Fieldfares through Morar (per SMacD)
25th Oct 2016 Chiffchaff single at Glasphein, Staffin (MP)
25th Oct 2016 Wigeon 43 in Broadford Bay (NB)
25th Oct 2016 Long-tailed Duck View Image two near the head of Loch Ainort on Moll road side (M.Wells)
24th Oct 2016 Blackcap View Image male in garden at Portnalong (ST)
24th Oct 2016 Chiffchaff single at Lower Milovaig (AS)
24th Oct 2016 Woodcock though regular in singles recently, three in Glen Brittle forest this morning (KS)
24th Oct 2016 Fieldfare View Image 50 at Lower Milovaig (AS); c200 at Tarskavaig (V.Piddock) & 200 at Heaste (NB); also some mixed flocks with 150 Kyleakin (A&EH) & 130+ Glen Ling/Killilan (DM)
24th Oct 2016 Knot single in Broadford Bay (NB)
24th Oct 2016 Wigeon 57 in Loch Portree (NB)
24th Oct 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 19 in Loch Portree & 13 in Broadford Bay (NB)
23rd Oct 2016 Goosander View Image 30 at the head of Loch Snizort-Beag (GF)
23rd Oct 2016 Waxwing View Image 10 at Lower Milovaig this morning (AS) - stunning images in the gallery
23rd Oct 2016 Blackcap View Image female at Kyleakin (HS)
23rd Oct 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 7 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (PE,LH)
23rd Oct 2016 Redwing/Fieldfare 250-300 in Glen Choinneachain/Morvich (DM)
22nd Oct 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 25 at Loch Duich (D.MacIntosh)
22nd Oct 2016 Rose-coloured Starling juvenile still at Ullinish with large flock of Starlings (T.Churchyard)
22nd Oct 2016 Waxwing View Image flyover bird at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
21st Oct 2016 Red Squirrels are coming to Plockton - see the News re a talk in Plockton on Monday night - and remember my talk on the Birds of Catalonia in Kirkton Hall tonight!
21st Oct 2016 Redwings/Fieldfare hundreds coming through in mixed flocks with reports from Braes (CA), Moll and Broadford (RMcM), and Lochlonghead (PS) - see Gallery
21st Oct 2016 Wigeon now 46 at the mouth of the a River Brogaig, Staffin which is a peak local count (MP)
21st Oct 2016 Great Skua View Image single off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
21st Oct 2016 Kingfisher report on Birdtrack from Portree
20th Oct 2016 Rose-coloured Starling juvenile at feeders Ullinish this morning (L.Henderson) (see Gallery); still present late afternoon with a large flock of Starlings (RMcM)
20th Oct 2016 Fieldfare View Image small flocks moving through with 50 at Portnalong (KS) and 40 in Glen Varrigall (RMcM)
20th Oct 2016 Common Scoter male in Staffin Bay (MP)
20th Oct 2016 Lapland Bunting three at Kilmory, Rum
19th Oct 2016 Chiffchaff single at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
19th Oct 2016 Barnacle Goose View Image 26 west over Portree (NB)
19th Oct 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 24 at Loch Portree, + 90 Oystercatcher & 40 Redshank(NB)
19th Oct 2016 Long-eared Owl View Image two in the forestry plantation in Eigg at dusk (JC)
18th Oct 2016 Birding in Catalonia Bob giving a talk to SWRFC in Kirkton Hall, Lochalsh at 7.30 pm Friday 21st - all welcome (see news and events)
18th Oct 2016 Fieldfare View Image small flock in Portnalong (ST); and flock of 100 on Eigg (JC)
18th Oct 2016 Eider winter flock at Kyleakin building up with c100 (A&EH)
18th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler one still behind the Bank of Scotland, Broadford - over a fortnight now!! (NB,MB)
18th Oct 2016 Barnacle Goose View Image 8 at Kildonan Point, Eigg + 3 Great Skuas (JC)
18th Oct 2016 Blackcap View Image male in Millers Cottage garden, Eigg + a female Brambling (JC)
18th Oct 2016 Long-tailed Tit View Image flock of 23 at Kildonan Glen, Eigg (JC)
18th Oct 2016 Wheatear View Image another late bird at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
17th Oct 2016 Grey Geese 150 high over Loch Pooltiel this morning (AS)
17th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler one still calling behind Bank of Scotland, Broadford (NB)
17th Oct 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image single landed on croft at Ullinish (PS)(see Gallery); 40 east over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
17th Oct 2016 Barnacle Goose View Image 17 west at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
17th Oct 2016 Wigeon 38 at the mouth of the river in Staffin Bay (MP)
17th Oct 2016 Scaup two in Broadford Bay and two Tufted Duck (MB)
16th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler still two birds present behind the Bank of Scotland, Broadford (MB); and one with a mixed flock of tits at Drumfearn, Sleat (PK)
16th Oct 2016 Wheatear View Image straggler at Ebost (PE), and two at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
16th Oct 2016 Great Grey Shrike one in Glen Conon, Uig (ML) - the first record on the island for nearly 20 years.
16th Oct 2016 Magpie bird reported at Linicro, Trotternish (L.MacDonald)
16th Oct 2016 Blackcap View Image male at Lower Milovaig (AS)
16th Oct 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 47 low over Portree (NB)
15th Oct 2016 Pink-footed Goose View Image two at Balmacquien (RMcM)
15th Oct 2016 Gannet 600 north in an hour off Balmacquien, and through the Trodday Gap (RMcM) - and a Great Skua
15th Oct 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image still a single in Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
14th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler bird still showing well behind Bank of Scotland, Broadford, late afternoon (MB)
13th Oct 2016 Redwing View Image c50 at Isleornsay (RMcM)
13th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler single reported again mid-afternoon in the general area of the Bank of Scotland, Broadford (D.Boyd)
13th Oct 2016 Long-tailed Tit View Image flock of 20+ at Kyleakin (A&EH)
13th Oct 2016 Swallow late juvenile at Ullinish (PE)
13th Oct 2016 Heron 24 at roost at Avernish, Lochalsh (DM)
12th Oct 2016 Jack Snipe View Image single at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
12th Oct 2016 Redwing View Image 50 feeding on rowans at Borve (ML); 250 at Glen Elchaig, Inverinate (DM)
12th Oct 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image see Blog for summary of birds found at Mallaig
11th Oct 2016 Grey Plover View Image two in Breakish Obbe (PP)
11th Oct 2016 Jack Snipe View Image two flushed at Kilmory, Eigg (JC)
11th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler elusive, but one still showing behind Bank of Scotland, Broadford (MB)
11th Oct 2016 Redwing View Image c20 moving through Glen Shiel, Lochalsh (RA)
10th Oct 2016 Whimbrel View Image late single in Loch Portree and 90 Oystercatcher (NB)
10th Oct 2016 Raven c30 in the Quiraing area (J.Bentall)
10th Oct 2016 Lapland Bunting flyover bird at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
10th Oct 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image still two in Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
10th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler still a single behind the Bank of Scotland, Broadford (HM,NB); two also found at Point of Sleat (RMcM) (see Gallery) (see blog)
10th Oct 2016 Magpie single seen at Strollamus (S.Terry) - a bird was also seen at Drumfearn yesterday (per JJ) - not sure whether the long stayer is still around the north end as no reports for a while?
10th Oct 2016 Fieldfare View Image 8 at Uigshader (JK)
10th Oct 2016 Whooper Swan View Image two at Loch Suardal (RA)
10th Oct 2016 Woodcock a single reported from Treasland Woods (DFMacd)
10th Oct 2016 Snow Bunting View Image pair on on Beinn na Seamraig above Leitir Fura/Kinloch (DM) (see Gallery)
10th Oct 2016 Wigeon 54 at Broadford Bay & 38 at Loch Portree (NB); 15 at Kylerhea (HS)
9th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler two birds showing behind Bank of Scotland, Broadford, this morning (A&AS) with a single late afternoon but elusive (RMcM)
9th Oct 2016 Redwing/Fieldfare 250+ over Kyleakin (A&EH)
9th Oct 2016 Wigeon 72 in Broadford Bay (MB)
9th Oct 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image two birds reported in Kilmory Glen, Rum, today (SM)
8th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler bird still showing behind Bank of Scotland, Broadford this morning (RMcM)
8th Oct 2016 Common Dolphin c50 from Camas Mor, Bornesketaig, well offshore (ML,RMcM)
8th Oct 2016 Ring Ouzel View Image late bird at Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
8th Oct 2016 Jack Snipe View Image single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
7th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler still a single behind the Bank of Scotland, Broadford, early morning, and middle of the day but absent later (MB)
7th Oct 2016 Wigeon c50 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
7th Oct 2016 Wheatear View Image straggler at Point of Sleat (PP)
7th Oct 2016 Goldfinch 50 in Broadford (A&EH)
7th Oct 2016 Redwing View Image 30 at Dunan (AS)
6th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler still a single behind Bank of Scotland, Broadford, early morning - but two birds again late afternoon (MB,RMcM)
6th Oct 2016 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Kingsburgh, Trotternish late afternoon (ML)
6th Oct 2016 Redwing View Image four at Staffin (MP)
6th Oct 2016 Hen Harrier View Image male on the Heaste Road near Broadford (D.Rose)
6th Oct 2016 Manx Shearwater View Image late fledged youngster returned to water at Kinloch, Rum today (SM) (see Gallery)
5th Oct 2016 Goosander View Image 16 at Lochlonghead (PS)
5th Oct 2016 Redwing View Image 10 in Glen Varrigill (NB)
5th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler bird again present behind Bank in Broadford at 1100 (RMcM); at 1730 two birds present (MB,NB,RMcM)
5th Oct 2016 Turtle Dove one by the roadside at Colbost north of 3 lums (AS)
5th Oct 2016 Common Tern View Image three juveniles in Broadford Bay (NB)
5th Oct 2016 Wheatear View Image straggler at Point of Sleat (G.Rees)
4th Oct 2016 Yellow-browed Warbler a bird found this morning near the Bank of Scotland, Broadford is the first record for Skye and Lochalsh (Neil Bennett, Martin Benson) (see Gallery) - still showing at 1730.
4th Oct 2016 Long-tailed Skua three juveniles from the Tarbert-Uig ferry in outer Loch Snizort (RMcM, AMcN)
4th Oct 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 8 flying south at Ashaig, Broadford (P&RD)
3rd Oct 2016 Brent Goose View Image 8 on Loch Ainort at Luib (Janis)
2nd Oct 2016 Long-tailed Tit View Image flock of 25 at Duisdalemore (G.Rees)
2nd Oct 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image two off Camuscroise, Sleat (G.Rees)
2nd Oct 2016 Mistle Thrush View Image 16 near Loch Cillchroisd, Strath
2nd Oct 2016 Wigeon 35 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
2nd Oct 2016 Gannet c100 off Camus Mor included 50 juveniles + 400 Kittiwake (RMcM)
2nd Oct 2016 Grey Plover View Image three on Ardnish, Broadford (A&EH)
1st Oct 2016 Orkney see new post on blog on recent Orkney trip
1st Oct 2016 Brent Goose View Image just a single still in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
1st Oct 2016 Wheatear View Image still stragglers going through with a single on Sgurr nan Gillean (TH)

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