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
28th Feb 2017 Iceland Gull View Image two 2nd winter and a 1st winter at Loch Kishorn (P.Stronach)
28th Feb 2017 Wigeon 80 at Ardelve, Lochalsh (RMcM)
27th Feb 2017 Skylark View Image 12 at Luib (NB), 6 at Ardelve (BN) and an exceptional flock of 150 near Knock Bay, Sleat (RMcM)
27th Feb 2017 Hen Harrier View Image a male at Earlish (LM)
27th Feb 2017 Wigeon exceptional count of 163 between Avernish and Nostie Bay (DM)
27th Feb 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image still two in outer Loch Ainort and five Common Scoter (NB)
26th Feb 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image still two in outer Loch Ainort with five Common Scoter (ML)
26th Feb 2017 Kingfisher bird still on the Morar River, possibly a male (SMacD)
25th Feb 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image still two in outer Loch Ainort with four Common Scoter (RMcM)
25th Feb 2017 Nuthatch report of a bird on feeders in Arisaig .. Via Facebook. Birds have been reported in this area previously.
25th Feb 2017 Purple Sandpiper View Image 9 at Neist Point (JP)
25th Feb 2017 Jack Snipe View Image single flushed near Dun Beag, Struan (JP)
24th Feb 2017 Long tailed Duck View Image still two with five Common Scoter in outer Loch Ainort (NB,RMcM, JDJ)
24th Feb 2017 Glaucous Gull View Image still a 3rd winter bird in Loch Ainort (NB,RMcM)
24th Feb 2017 Greenland White-fronted Goose only 5 birds in Kilmuir small flock (RMcM)
24th Feb 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 5 on Loch Lundie, Lochalsh (DM) and 2 at Kilmuir (RMcM)
24th Feb 2017 Magpie long staying north end bird still around with report from Bornesketaig (J.Maughan)
23rd Feb 2017 Skylark View Image two territorial birds singing at Ullinish (DMcG)
23rd Feb 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image two female types and 5 Common Scoters at the head of Loch Ainort off Ard Dorch (NB)
23rd Feb 2017 Glaucous Gull View Image still 3rd winter and juvenile in the vicinity of the fish farm at the head of Loch Ainort (NB)
22nd Feb 2017 Kittiwake flock of c100 at Sconser (RMcM)
22nd Feb 2017 Hen Harrier View Image male at Ullinish (DMcG)
22nd Feb 2017 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Moll fish farm and 3rd winter bird at Luib (RMcM) (see Gallery)
20th Feb 2017 Iceland Gull View Image another juvenile at Lower Milovaig (AS) ; still 5 at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
20th Feb 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at Loch Cleat (JDJ) and still 6 at Loch Suardal (RW)
20th Feb 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 70+ at Kilmaluag (JDJ)
19th Feb 2017 Eider 140 at Kyleakin (A&EH et al)
17th Feb 2017 Kumlien's Gull still at Loch Kishorn with five Iceland Gulls (RMcM)
17th Feb 2017 Common Scoter seven in outer Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
17th Feb 2017 Pied Wagtail View Image probable early migrants noted at Staffin (JDJ) and Uig (S.Gibson)
17th Feb 2017 Skylark View Image small movement noted on Rum (SM)
16th Feb 2017 Whooper Swan View Image two at Camustianavaig (G.Barrett)
16th Feb 2017 Pied Wagtail View Image on the move with an early arrival on Rum (SM)
15th Feb 2017 Kingfisher one on the River Morar (SMacD)
15th Feb 2017 Magpie single found at Ullinish (D.McGough) (see Gallery) - not sure whether this is our wandering bird from the 'north end' or not - any info on the latter appreciated!
14th Feb 2017 Mandarin Duck drake still at Morar (ML, RMcM) (see Gallery)
14th Feb 2017 Viking Gull adult still at Mallaig (ML, RMcM)
13th Feb 2017 Little Gull View Image a new bird, an adult, is now with Black-headed Gulls at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
13th Feb 2017 Kumlien's Gull still at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
12th Feb 2017 Lapwing 40 at Feorlig and 20 Golden Plover (RMcM)
12th Feb 2017 Merlin View Image female at Meanish, Glendale (AS)
12th Feb 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image single off Meanish Pier, Glendale (AS)
11th Feb 2017 Seagull Please see the blog!
11th Feb 2017 Fieldfare View Image mixed flock of 34 Fieldfare & 31 Redwing at Killilan, Lochalsh (DM)
11th Feb 2017 Whooper Swan View Image three on the lower River Snizort (JK)
11th Feb 2017 Merlin View Image male at River Hinnisdal (R.Whyte)
11th Feb 2017 Jack Snipe View Image single flushed at River Hinnisdal (R.Whyte)
11th Feb 2017 Tawny Owl territorial bird at Earlish (H.Hillier)
10th Feb 2017 Little Gull View Image 2nd winter bird at Loch Kishorn with 300+ Black-headed Gulls (RAFOS) & John Wells
10th Feb 2017 Iceland Gull View Image still 6 at Loch Kishorn and a 1st winter Glaucous Gull (RMcM)
10th Feb 2017 Slavonian Grebe 4 in Applecross Bay, 4 Great Northern Divers and a Black-throated Diver (RMcM)
10th Feb 2017 Greylag Goose View Image 95 at Applecross and 72 at Kirkton included two leucistic/hybrid types (RMcM) (see Gallery)
10th Feb 2017 Wigeon 122 at Avernish (DM)
9th Feb 2017 Glaucous Gull View Image very pale 1st winter bird at mouth of Broadford River - last seen on 1st (NB, RMcM)
8th Feb 2017 Tawny Owl territorial bird active again with hooting bird at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
7th Feb 2017 Lapwing 10 at Loch Cillchroisd (A&EH) and a lone single in Glen Brittle (Jean Thomas) (see gallery)
7th Feb 2017 Common Scoter single west of Skye Bridge and 33 Black Guillemot (RMcM)
7th Feb 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 21 between Lusa and Skye Bridge(RMcM)
7th Feb 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image 18 off Lusa, Broadford (RMcM)
6th Feb 2017 Eider c130 in flock at Kyleakin (RMcM)
6th Feb 2017 Gannet single off Armadale (N.Hinchliffe)
5th Feb 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image single with Greylags at Glen Brittle (RMcM)
5th Feb 2017 Grey Plover View Image still a single at the head of Loch Harport (RMcM)
5th Feb 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image single at Camas na Sgianadin & two Slavonian Grebes (RMcM)
5th Feb 2017 Brambling View Image single male on feeders at Isleornsay (RC)
5th Feb 2017 Long-tailed Tit View Image another report of 5/6 on fatballs at Camustianavaig (G.Barrett)
4th Feb 2017 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image single adult in Broadford Bay (NB)
4th Feb 2017 Lapwing 8 back at Loch Cillchriosd NB) (see Gallery)
4th Feb 2017 Slavonian Grebe three in Broadford Bay + Common Scoter still (NB)
3rd Feb 2017 Long-tailed Tit View Image up to 8 at feeders Portree (J.Ward)
3rd Feb 2017 Knot 3 at the head of Loch Carron & 3 Greenshank (RMcM)
3rd Feb 2017 Iceland Gull View Image still seven at Loch Kishorn and a 1st winter Glaucous Gull (RMcM)
3rd Feb 2017 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail near Elgol (I.Roden)
3rd Feb 2017 Jack Snipe View Image single on Harrapool common grazings (CB)
1st Feb 2017 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter at the mouth of the Broadford River (NB) (see Gallery)
1st Feb 2017 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image adult near Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (RMcM) - 1st Spring record
1st Feb 2017 Common Scoter 5 in Loch Ainort (JDJ)
1st Feb 2017 Woodcock single flushed at Sgurr Mhor, Kilmaluag (NH)

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