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 Apr 2017 Tree Pipit View Image at least 4 territories occupied in Ord area (RMcM)
30th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image singing males at Kinloch, Rum (SM) and the walled garden at Applecross (JB)
30th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image late straggler on golf course at Lochcarron (JB)
30th Apr 2017 Turnstone 80 in Applecross Bay (JB)
30th Apr 2017 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Ullinish (PS)
29th Apr 2017 Mute Swan View Image still four juveniles at the head of Loch Harport (RMcM)
29th Apr 2017 White-tailed Eagle View Image lots of arial activity in good winds today with three sub-adults at the head of Loch Harport and four near Caroy (RMcM) (see Gallery)
29th Apr 2017 Great White Egret from photographs taken of the bird found in Broadford Bay on the 16th by Martin Benson, it appears the bird was ringed at a nest at Lukimiskoe Lake in Belarus in 2012!! - see map in Gallery
28th Apr 2017 Tern sp 'comic' tern reported back at Loch Treaslane (DFMac)
28th Apr 2017 Grasshopper Warbler two reeling birds at Broadford (NB) & one at Cuagach, Eigg (G.Gibson)
28th Apr 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 11 at Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W) and a single in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
28th Apr 2017 Golden Plover 15 on Ardnish (PO-W)
28th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image 6 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
28th Apr 2017 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single in Broadford Bay (MB)
27th Apr 2017 Cuckoo though still relatively thin on the ground now receiving widespread reports from Skye, and from Lochlonghead, Lochalsh (PS) and Dornie (JS)
27th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image three at Uiginish, Dunvegan (C.Matheson)
27th Apr 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image two in Broadford Bay with Greylags (RMcM)
27th Apr 2017 Jack Snipe View Image single flushed at community woodland Glen Hinnisdal (J.Lawson)
26th Apr 2017 Twite View Image up to 7 visiting feeders at Upper Halistra, Waternish (CM) and at Caroy (M.Sellors)
26th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image 6 at Ardmore Bay, Waternish (RMcM)
26th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image still 6 at Loch Suardal (RMcM)
26th Apr 2017 Swallow single at Lochlonghead and a Common Sandpiper are first reports from Lochalsh (PS)
26th Apr 2017 Whinchat View Image single at Portree Industrial Estate is first report of the year (H.Hillier)
26th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff two in Tote forest (CH)
25th Apr 2017 Tree Pipit View Image singing bird at Carr Brae, Lochalsh (BN) + Blackcap & Cuckoo
25th Apr 2017 Brent Goose View Image 5 pale bellied at Loch Portree (JDJ)
25th Apr 2017 Linnet still 60+ at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM) (see Gallery)
25th Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image three north at Neist Point (J.Walker)
24th Apr 2017 Linnet cold weather forcing passerines back into flocks with 70+ at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM)
24th Apr 2017 Marsh Harrier another scarce west coast record with a female at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
24th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image 13 at Traigh Golf Course (SMacD)
23rd Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image 4 at Meanish Pier (AS) (see Gallery)
23rd Apr 2017 Cuckoo birds reported on Rum (SM) and at Heaste (DR)
23rd Apr 2017 Black Swan single still on Eigg (JC)
22nd Apr 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single still in Breakish Obbe (NH)
22nd Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image up to 15 on Ardnish & 21 Golden Plover (NH) (PO-W)
22nd Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe still five in Broadford Bay (NB) and three off Ardnish (NH)
22nd Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image 13 in Broadford Bay (NB) and three Great Skua following a creel boat
22nd Apr 2017 Cuckoo calling birds on Ardnish (PO-W), at Portree (JDJ) & at Camas Pliasgaig, Rum (SM)
22nd Apr 2017 Turtle Dove bird on Rum yesterday was possibly in poor condition and may have succumbed to a raptor (SM)
22nd Apr 2017 House Martin View Image two back on territory at Lochailort (SMacD) and a single at Kilmory, Rum (AM)
22nd Apr 2017 Grasshopper Warbler First report of reeling bird at Blackhill, Edinbane (CR)
21st Apr 2017 Barn Owl View Image pair back in territory at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
21st Apr 2017 Magpie the long staying bird still at Staffin (CC)
21st Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing bird at Cuillin Hills, Portree (NB)
21st Apr 2017 Cuckoo calling bird Portree forestry (NB)
21st Apr 2017 Turtle Dove one at Shamhnan Insir, Rum, not exactly in predictable habitat (SM) (see Gallery)
21st Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image 14 at Breakish Obbe (NH) and 18 in Broadford Bay (MB)
21st Apr 2017 Sanderling View Image two in Broadford Bay & 87 Ringed Plover (MB)
21st Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image single Galmidale Bay on Eigg (JC)
21st Apr 2017 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile in Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (JC)
20th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image still two males visiting feeders Kyleakin (A&EH)
20th Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image two on the River Varrigall, Portree (JDJ)
20th Apr 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image single still with Greylags at Harrapool (PO-W)
20th Apr 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 21 at Ardmore Bay, Waternish (CC)
20th Apr 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image still at least four on Staffin Island (CC)
20th Apr 2017 Golden Plover 30 at Harlosh (J.Nolan)
20th Apr 2017 Cuckoo still calling bird at Geary, Waternish (J.Nolan)
20th Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe pair still in Broadford Bay + 5 Great Northern Divers (NB)
20th Apr 2017 Ringed Plover View Image numbers building up to 80 at Broadford Bay + 20 Dunlin (NB)
19th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image single at Staffin (JDJ)
19th Apr 2017 Cuckoo calling bird at Geary, Waternish (RA)
19th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image singing bird at Portnalong - also a Chiffchaff (ST)
19th Apr 2017 Golden Plover 25 flew north over sea at Milovaig (AS)
19th Apr 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Breakish Obbe (J.Nolan)
19th Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image pair in territory Staffin Island (CH)
19th Apr 2017 Swallow two at Gedintailor (CA) and three at Achnahanait, Braes (GR)
18th Apr 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image a skein of 100 were flying SOUTH at Valtos (CC) whilst 40 over Eigg were headed in the right direction (JC)
18th Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe still a late single in Broadford Bay (CC)
18th Apr 2017 Whimbrel View Image three in Broadford Bay (MB)
18th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image two in Broadford (NB) (see Gallery)
18th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image one singing in Uig Woods (SG)
18th Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image single in Uig Bay (SG)
18th Apr 2017 Cuckoo calling bird at Duncraig, Plockton (JS)
17th Apr 2017 Great White Egret sadly no sign of the bird today - the bird was ringed above the knee on the left leg and could be French in origin
17th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image still 6 at Loch Suardal (ST)
17th Apr 2017 Mute Swan View Image still 4 juveniles at the head of Loch Harport (ST)
17th Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image single at Loch Snizort-Beag (TW)
17th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff two at Eynort and two Sand Martin during BBS survey (CH)
16th Apr 2017 Black Swan still at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
16th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image two on Ardnish, Broadford, & three Wheatears (P.O-W)
16th Apr 2017 Great White Egret single in Broadford Bay, only the 2nd record for the area (Carol & Martin Benson) (see Gallery) - seen later at Camus nan Sgianadin when flew back towards Broadford (NB)
16th Apr 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image two at Broadford Bay (MB)
16th Apr 2017 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter at mouth of Broadford River early evening (NB)
15th Apr 2017 Swallow single at Upper Milovaig (AS) & birds also at Kishorn (D.Cameron) and Broadford (NB)
15th Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe still a single in Broadford Bay (NB)
15th Apr 2017 Cuckoo first report from Portree (L.Bennett)
14th Apr 2017 Black Swan a bird reported yesterday on Rum was present this morning at Kildonan, Eigg (JC) - on a tour of the Small Isles its origins are unknown. (see Gallery)
14th Apr 2017 Linnet another male at feeders at Waterloo (JMacD)
14th Apr 2017 Ptarmigan View Image single on Beinn na Seimrig ridge above Leiter Fura (DM) (see Gallery)
14th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singles singing at Upper Tote (CH) and at Duncraig, Plockton (JP)
13th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 30 north at Loch Caroy (R.Knazel) & 12 north at Loch Harport (D.Cameron)
13th Apr 2017 Linnet single birds reported back at Uig (SG) and Lower Milovaig (AS)
13th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image single bird reported at Uig (SG)
13th Apr 2017 Lesser Redpoll View Image 25 at Camas Luinie (DM)
13th Apr 2017 Iceland Gull View Image adult and juvenile at Mallaig Pier (PG)
12th Apr 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at 'Brothers Point' Trotternish (P.Battye)
12th Apr 2017 Twite View Image three back on feeders at Lower Milovaig (AS) (see Gallery)
12th Apr 2017 Puffin single close to shore at Camustianavaig (CH)
11th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 13 north at Glen Brittle (D.Cameron)
10th Apr 2017 Willow Warblers now singing widely with reports from Portnalong (ST) ; Caroy (R.Knasel); Camas na Sgianadin (S.Te); Duisdale Beag (CW)
10th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 40 at Uig (ML)
10th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing bird in Plockton (JS)
10th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image one west over Rum (SM)
10th Apr 2017 Golden Plover 40 at Borrodale, Glendale (AS)
9th Apr 2017 Swallow three at Treaslane (DFMacd)
9th Apr 2017 Merlin View Image male chasing Meadow Pipits at Lower Milovaig (AS)
9th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing birds at Broadford and Duisdale (MB)
9th Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image single bird at Broadford (MB)
9th Apr 2017 Brent Goose View Image 31 in Staffin Bay briefly - Spring records are scarce (MP)
8th Apr 2017 Wigeon 93 at Nostie Bay,Lochalsh (DM)
8th Apr 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird at Ord (SB)
8th Apr 2017 Puffin 5 through the Kylerhea narrows (RD)
8th Apr 2017 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail on Raasay flew west to Skye (RD)
8th Apr 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 17 in Broadford Bay off Irishman's Point & 7 Common Scoter (NB)
8th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image c70 at Duisdale Beag (CW)
7th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image two males at fatballs Kyleakin (A&EH)
7th Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image single in Broadford Bay (RD)
7th Apr 2017 Ptarmigan View Image two males in the Applecross hills (RD)
7th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 200 in Harrapool area (NB)
7th Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe three in Loch Ainort and three in Broadford Bay (NB)
7th Apr 2017 Red-throated Diver View Image nineLoch Ainort and three iBlack-throated Divers (NB)
7th Apr 2017 Willow Warbler View Image two at Camustianavaig (DM)
6th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing birds in Broadford (NB) and at Dunan (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Blackcap View Image bird singing briefly at Dunan (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 in Loch na Cairidh and 20 in Loch Ainort and two Black-throats (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 100 in garden at Balgown, Kilmuir (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 155 at Balmaqueen and a single Pink-foot (RD)
6th Apr 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 34 at Loch Suardal (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing bird in Uig Woods (SG)
5th Apr 2017 Willow Warbler View Image still singing bird in Uig Woods (SG) and one at Portree (JDJ)
5th Apr 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image three in Sound of Sleat from ferry (RMcM)
5th Apr 2017 Ring-necked Duck drake still showing in Loch Shiel at Acharacle - and c50 Sand Martins (RMcM)
5th Apr 2017 Ptarmigan View Image two on Marsco (MP)
5th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image large flock of 210 at Glebrittle & 38 at Carbost (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Skylark View Image 80 at Glen Brittle (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image male in song on north-west side of Loch Ainort where there were also two Slavonian Grebes in full breeding plumage (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Common Scoter still 5 in Loch Ainort and a single in Broadford Bay (NB)
5th Apr 2017 Turnstone 46 at Loch Sligachan (RD)
5th Apr 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image single again with Greylags in Broadford Bay (feral?) (NB)
4th Apr 2017 White Wagtail View Image singles at Tokavaig (RMcM) and River Conon, Uig (S.Gibson)
4th Apr 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile back amongst the cattle near Tokavaig (RMcM) (see Gallery)
4th Apr 2017 Willow Warbler View Image singing birds at Uig woods (S.Gibson) and Armadale (RD)
4th Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image three on the River Leasgeary, Portree (NB)
4th Apr 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image two in the sound of Sleat (RD)
4th Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 30 at Ord & 20 at Breakish (RD); 20 roosting and in sub-song at Scullamus (RMcM)
4th Apr 2017 Wigeon excellent count of 120 at Kylerhea (RD)
4th Apr 2017 Canada Goose View Image single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
3rd Apr 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Broadford Bay and a female Common Scoter (R.Doan)
3rd Apr 2017 Highland Recorder Please note that Peter Stronach has taken over from Peter Gordon as the Highland Recorder - new email details in the header of this page.
3rd Apr 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 10 in Broadford Bay and a female Common Scoter (R.Doan)
3rd Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image single overland and heading north near Edinbane (TW)
2nd Apr 2017 Chiffchaff singing birds at Portree (JDJ) and at Lower Milovaig (AS)
2nd Apr 2017 Nuthatch back on feeders at Arisaig (I.MacNiven)
2nd Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 20 at Ullinish and 20 Fieldfare near Caroy (RMcM)
2nd Apr 2017 Mute Swan View Image still four juveniles at the head of Loch Harport (RMcM) (see Gallery)
2nd Apr 2017 Common Scoter still five at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
2nd Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image single at Portree (NB)
2nd Apr 2017 Great Skua View Image two at Kilmory, Rum yesterday and a single today (SM)
2nd Apr 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image single off Eigg (JC)
2nd Apr 2017 Slavonian Grebe single In breeding plumage off Port an Eorna, Lochalsh & 5 Great Northern Divers off the Duirinish coastal path (R.French)
2nd Apr 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image singing male back in territory at Morvich, Kintail (RA)
1st Apr 2017 Sand Martin View Image two at Camastianavaig (JDJ)
1st Apr 2017 Redwing View Image 10 in Glen Brittle (STerry)
1st Apr 2017 Water Rail bird caught on a camera trap at Ullinish (PS)
1st Apr 2017 Yellowhammer another unusual record of a male visiting feeders at Glasnakille (M.Henderson)

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