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 Oct 2017 Jack Snipe View Image single in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
31st Oct 2017 Slavonian Grebe two in Broadford Bay (NB)
31st Oct 2017 Common Scoter single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
30th Oct 2017 Blackcap View Image male at Lower Milovaig (AS)
30th Oct 2017 Black-headed Gull 300+ at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
30th Oct 2017 Eider 125 at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
30th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image male made a brief visit to feeders in Portree garden (LB)
29th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 6 over Kyleakin (A&EH), 7 west at Dornie (JS) and 2 over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
29th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image still two at Kilmory, Rum, whilst flock of 14 flew over (SM)
29th Oct 2017 Wigeon 50 at Loch Portree (NB) and 50 at Dornie (JS)
29th Oct 2017 Common Gull 450+ at Loch Portree (NB) and 18 Bar-tailed Godwit
28th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image still two at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
28th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image two at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
27th Oct 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three late birds in Breakish Obbe (NH)
27th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image single at Kilmore, Sleat (JL)
27th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image 20 in Broadford Bay (NB)
27th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 7 over Ardnish, Broadford (P.O.-W) & 8 over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
26th Oct 2017 Magpie long staying bird still at Ellishadder (JDJ)
25th Oct 2017 Carrion Crow View Image still a single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
25th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image still two at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
25th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image two pale bellied at Dunan (per PS)
25th Oct 2017 Blackcap View Image male in Broadford (NB)
24th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image single at Lower Milovaig (AS) and 5 Kinloch, Rum (SM)
24th Oct 2017 Redwing View Image 80 over Kyleakin in 30 mins (A&EH)
24th Oct 2017 Wheatear View Image two late birds at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
23rd Oct 2017 Yellow-browed Warbler single still (or a different bird?) at Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
23rd Oct 2017 Brambling View Image six in garden at Kinloch,Rum (SM)
23rd Oct 2017 Water Rail single at Ullinish (PS)
22nd Oct 2017 Yellow-browed Warbler a single at Kilmory, Rum (SM) - 2nd record this autumn
22nd Oct 2017 Wheatear View Image late bird at Traigh (SMacD)
22nd Oct 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image three at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig (SMacD)
22nd Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image two at Loch an Eala, Arisaig (SMacD) and 46 over Loch Greshornish (L.French)
22nd Oct 2017 Swallow two at Kilmaluag (L.French)
22nd Oct 2017 Red Grouse three on the Moll road (L.French)
22nd Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image single still at Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W)
22nd Oct 2017 Lesser Redpoll View Image c180 at Achnahinich, Plockton (DM)
21st Oct 2017 Redwing View Image 100 over Broadford (NB)
21st Oct 2017 Lapwing good count of 30 on Staffin Island (MP)
21st Oct 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image three off Kilmory, Rum, (SM) and two at Loch Ainort (NB)
20th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 12 flew over Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
20th Oct 2017 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 17 at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM) (see Gallery)
20th Oct 2017 Fieldfare/Redwing 150 at Heaste and 60 Redwing (NB); also reports of mixed flocks at Portnalong and Torrin, but not the huge numbers present on the east coast. Flocks of 20 and 40 Redwing on Raasay (SP)
20th Oct 2017 Twite View Image still 40 at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
20th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image two at Miller's Cottage, Eigg (JC), three at Kinloch, Rum (SM) and two at Arnish, Raasay (SP)
20th Oct 2017 Hooded Crow 60+ on Ardnish, Broadford at dusk (NH)
20th Oct 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image on Raasay two off Eyre Point and four off Brochel Castle (SP)
19th Oct 2017 Fieldfare View Image 5/6 at Tarskavaig in a small flock of 25 Redwings and a few Mistle Thrushes (RMcM); also 15 Redwing over Portree (NB)
19th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image single at Tarskavaig (RMcM)
19th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image three at Loch Portree (NB) and 44 Wigeon
19th Oct 2017 Swallow still 5/6 present at Isleornsay at dusk (JB)
18th Oct 2017 Redwing View Image 15 at Colbost (AS) & 24 at Harrapool (NB) & 15 at Ord; on Rum 200 over Kilmory (SM) and 50+ at Kinloch (RMcM); 12 on Eigg (JC)
18th Oct 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at the head of Loch Dunvegan (M.Durney)
18th Oct 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 7 in Broadford Bay (NB) and 7 at Ord (SA) so numbers starting to build up.
18th Oct 2017 Gannet 100+ including many juveniles off the Point of Sleat & a Minke Whale (RMcM)
18th Oct 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Broadford Bay and two Slavonian Grebes (NB)
18th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 18 at the Black Lochs, Broadford (FS)
18th Oct 2017 Twite View Image 50 at Kyleakin Obbe and 18 Teal (A&EH)
18th Oct 2017 Fieldfare View Image single on Eigg + a late Swallow + a late House Martin at Laig (JC)
18th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image 4 at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
17th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 14 over Portnalong (ST) and 11 at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM) and two in Broadford Bay (NB); 5 at Loch Cillchroisd (SA); 6 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
17th Oct 2017 Glossy Ibis View Image still a single at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
17th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image just a single in Broadford Bay, and a juvenile (NB)
17th Oct 2017 Sabine's Gull adult in Broadford Bay with a small group of Kittiwakes (RMcM, NB)
17th Oct 2017 Arctic Tern View Image late bird in Broadford Bay with a small group of Kittiwakes (RMcM, NB)
17th Oct 2017 Chiffchaff single in Kildonan Glen, Eigg (JC)
17th Oct 2017 Swallow single at Breakish (RMcM) and a late bird at Galmisdale Bay, Eigg with a Sand Martin (JC)
17th Oct 2017 Great Skua View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
17th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 16 in Broadford Bay flew north (SA); 9 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
17th Oct 2017 Carrion Crow View Image single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
17th Oct 2017 Wheatear View Image late leucorhoa type at Kilmory, Rum (SM) (see Gallery)
16th Oct 2017 Glossy Ibis View Image still at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
16th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image in morning 58 at Loch Portree (NB), 2 at Loch Ainort (NB), 20 at Broadford (CB) & 21 south at Oronsay, Ullinish (PS); also 6 south over Loch Snizort (S.Ainsworth) and 24 south over Uig Bay (SG)
16th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image 8 at Loch Portree (NB) and 11 south over Loch Snizort (S.Ainsworth); after 500 passed through Broadford Bay in last two days, only 5 today (NB)
16th Oct 2017 Redwing View Image 40 at Loch Portree and 15 Harrapool (NB)
16th Oct 2017 Pintail two in Broadford Bay (NB)
16th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 60 over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
16th Oct 2017 Pomarine Skua View Image single over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
16th Oct 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two in Broadford Bay (SA)
15th Oct 2017 Glossy Ibis View Image still at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
15th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image still 25 in Broadford Bay first thing and 84 later which flew south; another 76, then 90 arrived mid afternoon; also 10 at Ardnish (MB, A&EH,RMcM) - probably at least 250 birds - it has obviously been a poor breeding season as most of these birds are adults. Also 20 over Kilmory, Rum (SM) and 30 at Peinchorran late afternoon (S.Ainsworth)
15th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 10 in Broadford Bay (MB) and 100 heading south-west over Portree (NB); also 24 north at Gedintailor (CA); 40 over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
15th Oct 2017 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in Broadford Bay (MB,RMcM)
15th Oct 2017 Pomarine Skua View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
15th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 9 Loch Cillchroisd (A&EH); big movement south over Portree when the weather cleared in afternoon - 60 in three groups heading south (NB); 15 over Kyleakin (A&EH); 5 over Kilmory, Rum (SM) and 9 at Peinchorran (S.Ainsworth); 30 south at Ullinish Point (PS)
15th Oct 2017 Redwing View Image two flew over Portree in afternoon (NB) and three at Kingsburgh (S.Ainsworth) - the first reports of the Autumn these are probably Icelandic birds
15th Oct 2017 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Portree (NB)
14th Oct 2017 Glossy Ibis View Image single bird on Rum in front of Kinloch Castle (Trudi Clarke) (see Gallery)
14th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image another excellent day with 100 in Broadford Bay this morning which rested briefly and moved on (MB) (PO-W); numbers then built up to 160 new birds at dusk (NB)
14th Oct 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image two males and a female at Broadford Bay (MB)
14th Oct 2017 Common Scoter two females and a male at Broadford Bay (MB)
14th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image male at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
14th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image three over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
14th Oct 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image three at Loch na Cairidh (ST)
14th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image four at Loch Sligachan (NB)
14th Oct 2017 Short-eared Owl View Image two at Ullinish at dusk (PS)
14th Oct 2017 Chiffchaff single in Uig Woods (SG)
13th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image 17 in from north and landed briefly on Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM); another 34 through Broadford Bay at midday (MB); c100 arrived late afternoon (CB)
13th Oct 2017 Greenland White-fronted Goose 8 flew into Broadford Bay in morning from the north and pushed on south (RMcM); another group of 6 south at Ashaig early afternoon;another group of 5 west over Portree mid afternoon (NB) and two over Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
13th Oct 2017 Grey Plover View Image single at Ashaig + a Sanderling & 11 Bar-tailed Godwits (RMcM)
13th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of 12 flew south through Broadford Bay this morning (RMcM);in afternoon at Portree skeins of 40 and 35 pushing west (NB)
12th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image in early morning three small flocks totalling 55 moved south-west through Broadford Bay (PO-W) later 30 landed on Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM); 53 over Kilmory, Rum (SM) then 46 west over Loch Greshornish in afternoon (TW)
12th Oct 2017 Common Scoter four flew west into Broadford Bay from Pabay (RMcM)
12th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image early morning movement of 16 and 24 south-west through Broadford Bay (PO-W); 7 at the Broadford River (MB)
12th Oct 2017 Whimbrel View Image single on Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W)
12th Oct 2017 Kingfisher single again on the River Morar (SMacD)
12th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image still a female at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
11th Oct 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image now two Loch Snizort at Kingsburgh (D.Pinner)
11th Oct 2017 Yellow-browed Warbler single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
11th Oct 2017 Wheatear View Image late birds at Kyleakin (A&EH) and two on Rum (SM)
11th Oct 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image 8 on Loch Slapin at Glasnakille (MK)
10th Oct 2017 Kingfisher single back on the river at Morar (SMacD)
10th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 24 over Kilmory,Rum (SM)
10th Oct 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image single in breeding plumage in Loch Snizort off Kingsbury (D.Pinner)
10th Oct 2017 Brambling View Image female at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
9th Oct 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image two in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
9th Oct 2017 House Sparrow View Image leucistic bird at Scullamus Moss, Breakish (FS) (see Gallery)
9th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan and a Water Rail (B.Killington)
9th Oct 2017 Wheatear View Image late bird at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
8th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 5 south at Loch Pooltiel (AS)
8th Oct 2017 Arctic Skua View Image two in the Sound of Raasay and three Great Skua (RMcM)
7th Oct 2017 Kingfisher another report from Loch Harport (WP)
7th Oct 2017 Wheatear View Image late bird at Lower Milovaig (AS)
7th Oct 2017 Whimbrel View Image late single in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
7th Oct 2017 Short-eared Owl View Image single flushed on Ben Tianavaig (H.Martin)
7th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image single in Broadford Bay (NB)
7th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image flock of 20+ through Broadford Bay (NB)
6th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image four south at Dunan (ST)
6th Oct 2017 Snow Bunting View Image single on The Storr (A.Christie)(see Gallery)
6th Oct 2017 Ring Ouzel View Image single in Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
5th Oct 2017 Pink-footed Goose View Image skein of 150 at first light over the Quirang (AB) & 250 in three skeins south over Kinloch (JDJ); in the afternoon two skeins over Uig of 150 and 78 (SG)
5th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 37 south over Kinloch (JDJ) and 16 at Loch Mor, Waterstein, late afternoon (AS)
5th Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image three in Broadford Bay (JDJ)
5th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image single at The Aird, Gedintailor (RMcM)(see Gallery)
5th Oct 2017 Red Grouse exceptional count of 12 on the Uig-Quirang road + two Merlin (AB)
5th Oct 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image two late birds in Broadford Bay (NB)
5th Oct 2017 Willow Warbler View Image another late bird in Broadford (NB)
4th Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 7 over Portree (NB) and 8 north in the Sound of Raasay (CH)
4th Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 21 over Drumfearn (PK), and 25 in two skeins south in the Sound of Raasay (CH)
4th Oct 2017 Willow Warbler View Image late single at Drumfearn (PK)
4th Oct 2017 Wheatear View Image stragglers at Kilmory, Rum (SM), Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC) and Invertote, Skye (JC)
3rd Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at Strollamus (NB) and 5 at Lochlonghead (PS); also 5 at Lochailort (SMacD)
3rd Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image 17 west passed Longay in outer Broadford Bay (NB)
3rd Oct 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image two west over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
3rd Oct 2017 Common Sandpiper View Image very late straggler at Uig (SG)
2nd Oct 2017 Sabine's Gull four juveniles in Broadford Bay (MB,RMcM et al)
2nd Oct 2017 Pomarine Skua View Image at least 16 in Broadford Bay and 5 in the Sound of Raasay (MB,NB,RMcM)
2nd Oct 2017 Great Skua View Image at least 10 in Broadford Bay and 13 in the Sound of Raasay (MB,NB,RMcM)
2nd Oct 2017 Arctic Skua View Image at least 6 in Broadford Bay and 3 in the Sound of Raasay (MB,NB,RMcM)
2nd Oct 2017 Manx Shearwater View Image single in Broadford Bay and a Tern sp (MB,RMcM)
2nd Oct 2017 Brent Goose View Image 30 in Broadford Bay (MB,RMcM) and 4 at Lower Milovaig (AS)
2nd Oct 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 12 at Loch Pooltiel (AS)
2nd Oct 2017 Wheatear View Image straggler at Glengrasco (AMcL)

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