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 Dec 2016 Fieldfare View Image small wintering flock of 28 at a The Glebe, Suardal (RMcM)
29th Dec 2016 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Balmacquien and small flock of Redwing (A.Combe)
29th Dec 2016 Iceland Gull View Image two first winter birds at Bayfield, Portree (NB)
29th Dec 2016 Twite View Image good wintering flock of 25 at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Plockton (DM)
28th Dec 2016 Gannet adult from the ferry east of Eigg (JC)
28th Dec 2016 Canada Goose View Image 11 at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig where 4 Whoopers flew south (SMacD)
28th Dec 2016 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at mouth of Morar river (SMacD)
27th Dec 2016 Gannet adult in Loch Pooltiel (AS)
27th Dec 2016 Waxwing View Image 4 briefly at Morar village (SMacD)
27th Dec 2016 Great Crested Grebe View Image three at Loch nan Ceal, Arisaig, and a Red-necked Grebe (T.Moodie) - both species are rare In the west highlands
27th Dec 2016 Lesser Redpoll View Image two on feeders at Morar village & four Siskins (SMacD) - it is normally the end of January when these species return to Stephens garden
27th Dec 2016 Goosander View Image 14 on Loch Duich at Ardintoul + 50 Wigeon (DM)
26th Dec 2016 Grey Wagtail View Image wintering bird at Tokavaig (M.Montgomery)
26th Dec 2016 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image male visiting feeders Kyleakin (A&EH)
26th Dec 2016 Great Northern Diver View Image bad weather bringing birds into Loch Portree with single Great Northern Diver (see Gallery), 120 Kittiwake and two Gannets (NB)
26th Dec 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 26 in Loch Portree (NB)
25th Dec 2016 Iceland Gull View Image first winter at mouth of Broadford river (MB)
24th Dec 2016 Goosander View Image 15 on Loch Harport at Carbost (KS)
23rd Dec 2016 Brambling View Image single noted near Broadford Hospital (A&EH)
22nd Dec 2016 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wishing all the site supporters and visitors the compliments of the season. For a summary of 2016 highlights please see the Blog.
21st Dec 2016 Blackcap View Image pair now on feeders at Kyleakin (A.Hickey)
20th Dec 2016 Velvet Scoter female still at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (RMcM)
20th Dec 2016 Red-legged Partridge View Image single near Moyle, Glenelg (P.Jones) - our first report for some time
20th Dec 2016 Blackcap View Image female at feeders in Kyleakin (A&EH)
19th Dec 2016 Barnacle Goose View Image 60 at Staffin and 74 at Kilmaluag (RMcM)
19th Dec 2016 Greenland White-fronted Goose only 8 noted in wintering small flock at Kilmuir, a worrying decline (RMcM)
19th Dec 2016 Shelduck early returning adult at Loch Portree from annual moult migration (RMcM)
18th Dec 2016 Mediterranean Gull adult in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Dec 2016 Common Scoter 10 in Broadford Bay (MB, RMcM)
16th Dec 2016 Common Scoter 17 in Broadford Bay included 5 adult males (NB); also 4 Great Northern Divers and 2 Slavonian Grebes
15th Dec 2016 Hen Harrier View Image young male near Heaste Road (D.Rose)
15th Dec 2016 Waxwing View Image 20 in West Affric flew south (RA) - just not coming west!
14th Dec 2016 Barn Owl View Image single in late evening at Torvaig, Portree (MP)
13th Dec 2016 Velvet Scoter singles still at Achnacloich and Camas na Sgianadin (RMcM) (see Gallery)
12th Dec 2016 Iceland Gulł 2nd winter bird at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
12th Dec 2016 Goldeneye 42 at Loch Kishorn and c250 Black-headed Gulls (RMcM)
12th Dec 2016 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at the Aird, Gedintailor (NB)
12th Dec 2016 Kittiwake 300+ at Raasay Narrows + 400 Common Gulls & 200+ Shag - also a single Gannet (NB)
11th Dec 2016 Velvet Scoter female still at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (MB,RMcM) and female/imm still at Achnacloich, Sleat (RMcM)
11th Dec 2016 Pied Wagtail View Image up to two birds present at Uig (ML) - wintering birds also noted at Portree, Broadford and Kyle
11th Dec 2016 Blackcap View Image female at feeders Kyleakin (HS)
10th Dec 2016 Velvet Scoter another female type, at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (NB,MB) - unusually this is the third report from different areas of the island recently - not clear whether they are different birds
10th Dec 2016 Common Scoter four in Broadford Bay (MB)
10th Dec 2016 Slavonian Grebe five between Scalpay Narrows and Camas na Sgianadin (ML, RMcM); also 5 Great Northern Divers (NB)
10th Dec 2016 Grey Plover View Image still a single at Loch Harport and 65 Teal (ML, RMcM)
8th Dec 2016 Lapwing flock of 76 over Laig, Eigg (JC)
7th Dec 2016 Iceland Gull View Image two first winter birds in Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (JC)
6th Dec 2016 Common Scoter still two on Loch Portree and at Broadford Bay (NB)
5th Dec 2016 Brent Goose View Image more late birds with 6 at Lusa, Broadford (MP)
4th Dec 2016 Greenshank single at Glamisdale Bay, Eigg (JC)
4th Dec 2016 Goosander View Image 8 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
4th Dec 2016 Lapwing 40 at Chailluim Chille, Kilmuir & 26 at Loch Caroy on 2nd (RMcM); also 6 today at Staffin (RMcM) and Upper Breakish (P&RD)
4th Dec 2016 Whooper Swan View Image 13 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (PS)
4th Dec 2016 Brent Goose View Image three flew across Staffin Bay (MP) - a very late record.
3rd Dec 2016 Barnacle Goose View Image 60 noted at the south end of Isay (RA)
3rd Dec 2016 Waxwing View Image single at Kinloch, Rum ((SM)
2nd Dec 2016 Waxwing View Image single at Kyleakin Obbe with small flock of Redwings (D..Boyd)
2nd Dec 2016 Purple Sandpiper View Image 5 at Neist Point (RMcM)
2nd Dec 2016 Little Grebe View Image 13 at Loch Mor, Waterstein + 10 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander & 3 Tufted Duck (RMcM)
1st Dec 2016 Velvet Scoter single still at Achnacloich, Sleat (RMcM)

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