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 Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image first winter bird still in Uig Bay (AB)
30th Dec 2017 2017 My Big Year see the Blog for a summary of some of my activities in 2017 - a significant year - and a happy new year everyone
30th Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image two first winter birds at Achnacloich, Sleat (RMcM) (see Gallery)
30th Dec 2017 Slavonian Grebe five in Broadford Bay and three in Loch Ainort (NB)
30th Dec 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 13 between Broadford Bay and Loch Ainort (NB)
30th Dec 2017 Common Scoter female type in Loch Portree (NB) and three in Broadford Bay
29th Dec 2017 Hen Harrier View Image pair reported in the Waterstein area (WM) and two reported Earlish area yesterday (NH)
29th Dec 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image up to 80 at Balmacqueen (A.Combe)
28th Dec 2017 Rough-legged Buzzard unconfirmed report on RBA this morning of a bird at Coral Beach, Dunvegan, on Tuesday (!) - this is a description species in Scotland
28th Dec 2017 Slavonian Grebe two in Broadford Bay and three Common Scoter (NB)
27th Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter birds at Mallaig (JC).and at Uig Bay again (SG)
27th Dec 2017 Purple Sandpiper View Image 6 at Mallaig (JC)
27th Dec 2017 Viking Gull wintering bird still at Mallaig (JC)
23rd Dec 2017 Merry Christmas wishing all supporters and followers of the website a very happy christmas and good birding in 2018
22nd Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image still two juveniles at Inverailort fish farm (SMacD)
21st Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter in Uig Bay again (SG)
21st Dec 2017 Great Northern Diver View Image 26 off the mouth of Lusa River, Broadford (RMcM)
21st Dec 2017 Common Crossbill View Image pair at Broadford Industrial Estate (NB)
21st Dec 2017 Oystercatcher 98 in Loch Portree & 53 Curlew (JDJ)
21st Dec 2017 Escaped Falcon report of a Falcon species wearing jesses in the Staffin area (per SP) - obviously an escaped bird so if you have any knowledge please get in touch.
20th Dec 2017 Song Thrush View Image bird singing its heart out in Kyle this morning (RMcM) (bonkers weather)
20th Dec 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image female type still at the head of Loch Ainort (NB)
20th Dec 2017 Common Scoter still four in Broadford Bay (NB)
19th Dec 2017 Common Scoter four in Broadford Bay (NB)
18th Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at the head of Loch Slapin (J.Gordon)
17th Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image 3rd winter bird at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
17th Dec 2017 Brambling View Image two at feeders at Isleornsay (RC)
17th Dec 2017 Little Grebe View Image two at Portree Harbour yesterday (RWhyte) & two at Kyleakin today (A&EH)
17th Dec 2017 Mandarin drake back at the mouth of the Morar and Kingfisher still on the river (SMacD)
17th Dec 2017 Barn Owl View Image single early morning hunting roadside at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
16th Dec 2017 Black-throated Diver View Image 9 off Lusa and 25 Great Northern Diver (RMcM)
16th Dec 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image single off Ardnish, Broadford and a Purple Sandpiper (NH)
15th Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Uig Bay today (SG)
14th Dec 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 16 on Eilean Mor, Lyndale (RMcM)
14th Dec 2017 Snow Bunting View Image 12 at Ardmore, Waternish & a single Twite (RMcM)
14th Dec 2017 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (RMcM)
13th Dec 2017 Blackcap View Image male on feeders at Portnalong (ST)
13th Dec 2017 Common Scoter still single in Broadford Bay and two Slavonian Grebes (NB)
12th Dec 2017 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)(see Gallery)
12th Dec 2017 Goldeneye 45 at Loch Kishorn and 50 Teal (RMcM)
12th Dec 2017 Pintail stunning drake with Mallard at the head of Loch Carron (RMcM)
12th Dec 2017 Common Crossbill View Image pair at Fernaig forestry, north of Auchtertyre (RMcM)
12th Dec 2017 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles at Heaste (NB)
12th Dec 2017 Common Scoter female type in Broadford Bay (NB)
10th Dec 2017 Water Rail single near Heaste Road, Broadford (CB)
10th Dec 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image female type still at Loch Ainort & 4 Slavonian Grebes (MB, RMcM)
10th Dec 2017 Magpie long staying single still at Ellishadder (MB,JDJ,RMcM)
10th Dec 2017 Greenland White-fronted Goose c8 counted in small flock at Kilmuir (MB,JDJ, RMcM)
10th Dec 2017 Highland Bird Race at the last minute we entered a team in the Highland Branch SOC bird race today, some of the records of which are above. Between 0900 and 1600 we recorded 70 species, not bad for a cold winter's day. We also saw a pod of 30 Common Dolphin in the Sound of Raasay.
8th Dec 2017 Blackcap View Image male on feeders at Roskill, Dunvegan (S.Wood)
8th Dec 2017 Snow Bunting View Image two at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
7th Dec 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image 50 at Staffin (JDJ)
7th Dec 2017 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 22 at Loch Portree & 60 Wigeon (NB)
5th Dec 2017 Hen Harrier View Image males reported recently at Ullinish, Earlish and Strathaird, with a ringtail at Ornsay (LM,RMcM, IR, PS)
4th Dec 2017 Slavonian Grebe two at Ashaig and 22 Bar-tailed Godwits (A&EH)
3rd Dec 2017 Barnacle Goose View Image c100 at the south end of Isay (RA)
3rd Dec 2017 Magpie long staying single still in the Ellishadder area (N.Smith)
3rd Dec 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image single off Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
3rd Dec 2017 Red Kite View Image single reported by the roadside at Earlish (R.Whyte)
1st Dec 2017 Barn Owl View Image single hunting by roadside at Auchtertyre, Lochalsh (RMcM) and another In the evening near Cluny Dam (D.Monks)
1st Dec 2017 Long-tailed Duck View Image female type at Loch Ainort again (NB)
1st Dec 2017 Snow Bunting View Image single near the Quiraing car park and on Biodha Buidhe (H.Martin)
1st Dec 2017 Slavonian Grebe two in Broadford Bay and four Great Northern Divers (NB)

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