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 Mar 2017 Redwing View Image small numbers moving north in the last few days but several hundred in Rum this morning (SM)
31st Mar 2017 Sand Martin View Image single at Portnalong (JB)
30th Mar 2017 Yellowhammer (Buidheag) following my recent blog and article in the Skye and Lochalsh Echo I have received reports of birds visiting feeders at Ardelve and Camuslongart, Dornie, and also up to Tw pairs at Plockton. More unusual was a report from Peter White of a bird recently at Ord, his first there in 39 years.
30th Mar 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird at Kilmarie, Strathaird (IR) and a pair at Applecross (JB)
30th Mar 2017 Lapland Bunting late news of a male photographed on Ardnish, Broadford on the 28th (Ray Jones, John Kennedy) (see Gallery)
30th Mar 2017 Ptarmigan View Image pair in the Applecross hills (J.Bentall)
30th Mar 2017 Greenshank exceptional count of 20 in Applecross Bay (J.Bentall)
29th Mar 2017 Chiffchaff single at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
29th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 5 landed in Broadford Bay (MB)
29th Mar 2017 Twite View Image still slow to arrive but 5 at the Harrapool fanks + 5 Redwing on the Heaste road (MB)
28th Mar 2017 Willow Warbler View Image singing bird in morning and two others afternoon at Lower Milovaig (AS) - exceptionally early
28th Mar 2017 Chiffchaff singing bird at Arisaig (RMcM)
28th Mar 2017 Viking Gull adult still at Mallaig (RMcM)
28th Mar 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image early returning bird singing at Old Man of Storr (HM)
28th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image singles on Ardnish (ST) and at Carnach, Waternish (SP); and a female at Heaste (NB)
28th Mar 2017 Whimbrel View Image very early report of a single at Waterloo (ST)
27th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image seven between Waterstein and Neist Point (RMcM)
27th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 40+ on Loch Mealt (SP)
27th Mar 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 73 north over Portree (NB)
26th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image 13 in the Milovaig area including several leucorhoa types (AS) ; two males at Staffin Bay (L.Macdonald); two at Claigan, Dunvegan (ML); male at Harrapool (MB); 6 between Fiscavaig and Talisker Bay (SP)
26th Mar 2017 Common Crossbill View Image male at Armadale gardens (RMcM)
26th Mar 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image at least three drumming birds in the Armadale area (RMcM)
26th Mar 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image 14 off Lusa, Broadford, and 26 Great Northern Diver (RMcM)
26th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image still 11 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (ML)
26th Mar 2017 Grey Wagtail View Image pair at Glen Brittle (JT)
25th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image males at Upper Milovaig (AS), the Quirang (HM) and Tarskavaig (RMcM); a female at Torrin and a pair at Camas Malag (RMcM)
25th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 16 north over Ullinish (PS)
25th Mar 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird at Old Corry, Broadford (NB)
25th Mar 2017 Common Scoter still 6 at the head of Loch Ainort, + 5 Great Northern Divers and a single Red-throated Diver (NB)
24th Mar 2017 Lapland Bunting two at Shamnan Insir, Rum (SM) (see Gallery)
24th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image lot of migrants through Kilmory, Rum, including 6 Wheatears (SM); and three at the Coral Beaches, Claigan (A.Harding)
23rd Mar 2017 Ptarmigan View Image male in transition plumage on the Applecross hills (RMcM) (see Gallery)
23rd Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image early female at Loch Kishorn (RMcM) (see Gallery)
23rd Mar 2017 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter bird at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
23rd Mar 2017 Twite View Image c15 at Heaste ( MB)
23rd Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image Birds heard flying north over Milovaig at 2230 hours (AS)
22nd Mar 2017 Estonia see the blog for details of a recent birding trip to Estonia
22nd Mar 2017 Mute Swan View Image still four juveniles at the head of Loch Harport (RMcM) (see Gallery)
22nd Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 9 on Loch Suardal and 15 flying north over Caroy (RMcM); 8 over Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
22nd Mar 2017 Common Scoter 6 at the mouth of Loch Ainort still, two females and four males (RMcM) + two Slavonian Grebes changing into summer plumage
22nd Mar 2017 Carrion Crow View Image single visiting garden feeders at Kildonan, Edinbane (RMcM) (see Gallery)
22nd Mar 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
22nd Mar 2017 Yellowhammer female at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
22nd Mar 2017 Lapwing 17 at Loch Cillchroisd (DM)
21st Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 16 north over Harrapool (RMcM)
21st Mar 2017 Yellowhammer two pairs visiting feeders in Plockton + Long-tailed Tits (JS)
21st Mar 2017 Canada Goose View Image still a single with Greylags at Kilmuir (JDJ)
21st Mar 2017 Lesser black-backed Gull View Image now pushing through with a single at Kilmory, Rum (SM) and two at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM)
20th Mar 2017 Wheatear View Image two birds, male and female at Shamhnan Insir, Rum (SM)
20th Mar 2017 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Shamhnan Insir, Rum (SM)
20th Mar 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (JC)
19th Mar 2017 Sand Martin View Image two very early birds at Broadford (MB)
19th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 4 north at Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W) and 4 at Loch Dunvegan (MC)
18th Mar 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image c30 at the south end of Isay (RA)
18th Mar 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image two at the head of Loch Ainort still with five Common Scoter (JDJ)
18th Mar 2017 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image influx with 10 at Hamara, Glendale (AS)
18th Mar 2017 Jack Snipe View Image single flushed on Glas Eilean, Broadford (MB)
18th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 20 at Loch Suardal (RW)
17th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image still 19 at The Storr lochs (JDJ)
15th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 22 north over Ullinish (PS) & 19 on the Storr Lochs (JDJ) which will be migrants heading north - also three on Loch Achàidh na h- Inich, Plockton (DM)
15th Mar 2017 Canada Goose View Image 4 at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
15th Mar 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Castle Moil, Kyleakin (A&EH)
14th Mar 2017 House Martin View Image extremely early bird at Kildonan, Eigg (JC) - a bird was reported on Barra yesterday
14th Mar 2017 Yellowhammer male at feeders in Plockton (JS)
13th Mar 2017 Mute Swan View Image 4 juveniles at Loch Harport (A.McLean)
13th Mar 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image still two at Loch Ainort with six Common Scoter (A.McLean)
13th Mar 2017 Wigeon exceptional count of 184 at Nostie Bay, Avernish (DM)
12th Mar 2017 Brambling View Image male on feeders at Dunan with Chaffinches (JW)
12th Mar 2017 Blackcap View Image male on feeders at Kyleakin (A&EH)
12th Mar 2017 Goosander View Image 6 on Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
12th Mar 2017 Gannet birds returning to Staffin Bay (MP)
12th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image single ears over Kilmory, Rum ( (SM)
11th Mar 2017 Pied Wagtail View Image three males back at Lower Milovaig (AS)
11th Mar 2017 Snipe drumming bird at Lower Breakish ( NH)
10th Mar 2017 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (JC)
10th Mar 2017 Twite View Image early flock of 32 at Balmeanach, Braes (WM)
10th Mar 2017 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image three at Fasach, Glendale (AS)
9th Mar 2017 Viking Gull adult still showing well at Mallaig (RMcM) (see Gallery)
9th Mar 2017 Canada Goose View Image three in Traigh, Morar area including one paired with a Greylag - these are all large canadensis types which normally occur in the area (RMcM) (see Gallery)
9th Mar 2017 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 41 in Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (RMcM)
9th Mar 2017 Nuthatch bird at feeders at Arisaig again (I.McNiven)
8th Mar 2017 Brambling View Image scarce in the west this winter there was a single on feeders at Lochlonghead (PS)
8th Mar 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
7th Mar 2017 Skylark View Image c50 in flock at Knock Bay, Sleat (RMcM); two on the Heaste Road, near Broadford (MB)
7th Mar 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image two again in outer Loch Ainort with six Common Scoter (NB)
6th Mar 2017 Water Rail two at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (RMcM)
6th Mar 2017 Lapwing 46 at Feorlig (RMcM)
6th Mar 2017 Canada Goose View Image single with Greylags at Kilmuir (J.Maughan)
6th Mar 2017 Whooper Swan View Image three at Loch Lundie, Lochalsh (DM) and still six on Loch Suardal (RMcM)
5th Mar 2017 Skylark View Image 12 at Lower Milovaig (AS)
5th Mar 2017 Yellowhammer single reported from garden at Dunan (J.Wildgoose) - this is an exceptional record well away from the small breeding population in Lochalsh
5th Mar 2017 Common Scoter still 6 in outer Loch Ainort (RMcM)
4th Mar 2017 Lapwing good count of 32 Lapwing and 9 Golden Plover at Loch Cillchroisd (A&EH) (NB)
4th Mar 2017 Skylark View Image 12 at Loch Cillchroisd (NB)
3rd Mar 2017 Blackcap View Image male on feeders at Kyleakin (A&EH)
3rd Mar 2017 Common Scoter now 6 in outer Loch Ainort (NB)
2nd Mar 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image still two with five Common Scoter in outer Loch Ainort (NB)
2nd Mar 2017 Woodcock single in garden in Camustianavaig (G.Billett)
2nd Mar 2017 Lapwing 16 flying over Loch Harport (KS)
1st Mar 2017 Skylark View Image 30 at Drumbuie, Lochalsh (DM)

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