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 Jun 2017 Oystecatcher numbers building up with 80 at Waterloo at high tide (RMcM)
30th Jun 2017 Short-eared Owl View Image recent report from Upper Halistra, Waternish (CM)
30th Jun 2017 Barn Owl View Image another report from Earlish (HH)
30th Jun 2017 Grasshopper Warbler still two reeling birds at Portree (NB)
29th Jun 2017 Barn Owl View Image hunting bird in early hours at Torvaig, Portree (NB)
28th Jun 2017 Turnstone interesting flock of 12 at the head of Loch Slgachan (RMcM,AW) - which may well be summering (AMcL)
28th Jun 2017 Eider moulting flock of 110 in Loch Ainort (NB)
27th Jun 2017 Magpie 'north end' bird still present in the Ellishadder area (M.Farquhar)
27th Jun 2017 Swift single heading south at Portree (NB)
27th Jun 2017 Short-eared Owl View Image single reported at Kilmaluag (MP)
26th Jun 2017 Cuckoo recently fledged juvenile near Dunvegan (C-A Howard)
24th Jun 2017 Red-crested Pochard despite several searches in the Loch Dunvegan area 😞 No trace.
23rd Jun 2017 Red-crested Pochard report of a drake at Loch Dunvegan beside Kinloch camp site - if confirmed this would be the 1st record for Skye and Lochalsh (R.Hodgson & H.Mullineux)
22nd Jun 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image pair present at a loch in Lochalsh though no evidence of breeding (DM)
22nd Jun 2017 Grasshopper Warbler 3 territories in BBS square west of Portree - 32 species recorded including Twite, Whinchat, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler - very rich (NB)
22nd Jun 2017 Greenshank passage bird at Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC)
21st Jun 2017 Great Skua View Image several reports recently and just to confirm that the species is holding territory on a number of promontories and islands round Skye and Lochalsh - good to get confirmation of breeding.
20th Jun 2017 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird on Scalpay during BBS visit (NH)
20th Jun 2017 Spotted Flycatcher View Image nest with young in Scullamus (RC)
19th Jun 2017 Hen Harrier View Image despite awful weather still at least five active nests in Skye and Lochalsh - critical time ahead in terms of risk from fox predation
19th Jun 2017 Red-breasted Merganser View Image non-breeding/moulting flock starting at Loch Ainort - 13 birds (RMcM)
18th Jun 2017 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird still in Glen Arroch, Kylerhea (B.Goodey)
18th Jun 2017 Barn Owl View Image adult feeding young at established site in Sleat (RMcM)
18th Jun 2017 Great Skua View Image two at Oronsay, Ullinish (PS)
17th Jun 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image c20 passing Kylerhea narrows this morning (B.Goodey)
17th Jun 2017 Short-eared Owl View Image single near Carbost (C.Newman)
17th Jun 2017 Blackcap View Image adult with two fledged young in Dunvegan woods (LM)
16th Jun 2017 Canada Goose View Image 6 at Camascroise, Sleat (NH)
15th Jun 2017 Short-eared Owl View Image very scarce this year, single reported near Struan (DMcG)
14th Jun 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image 120+ moving east in the Sound of Sleat at Armadale (RMcM)
13th Jun 2017 Storm Petrel single from the ferry on the Mallaig-Armadale crossing (RC)
12th Jun 2017 White-tailed Eagle View Image four at Meadle on path to Tongadale forestry (PS)
12th Jun 2017 Whimbrel View Image another late report of 6 on Ardnish (NH)
12th Jun 2017 Redshank breeding reported from Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
12th Jun 2017 Sandwich Tern View Image three in Broadford Bay (MB)
11th Jun 2017 Canada Goose View Image single at Bayfield, Portree (GL)
10th Jun 2017 Pintail drake with Mallards at Loch Treaslane (DFMacd)
9th Jun 2017 Whimbrel View Image 5 reported at Ardnish, Broadford....exceptionally late
6th Jun 2017 Redshank a scarce breeder on Skye there are two pairs at Feorlig with small young (RMcM) (see Gallery)
6th Jun 2017 Little Gull View Image adult in Broadford Bay early evening (MB)
6th Jun 2017 Quail calling bird at Kilmuir (SP)
5th Jun 2017 Long-eared Owl View Image another report of successful breeding near Skeabost (S.Templeman)
3rd Jun 2017 Quail another calling bird reported at Glenconon, Uig (AB)
3rd Jun 2017 Arctic Tern View Image c 25 pairs nesting on the old pier, Raasay (A&EH)
3rd Jun 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image pair feeding fledged young on lower slopes of Ben Tianavaig (CH)
2nd Jun 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image singing bird on Ben Tianavaig (Ro Scott)
2nd Jun 2017 Hen Harrier View Image at least 6-7 occupied territories in Skye and Lochalsh with first young just hatching (DM,RMcM)
2nd Jun 2017 Sandwich Tern View Image three in Broadford Bay (NB)
2nd Jun 2017 Long-eared Owl View Image successful breeding again at Roag with two young near fledging (MF)
1st Jun 2017 Sanderling View Image 3 in Lovaig Bay, Dunvegan (Birdtrack)
1st Jun 2017 Quail calling bird near Hallin, Waternish (RA)

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