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 Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image single Glauc and two Iceland Gulls following fishing boat in Broadford Bay (MB)
30th Jan 2018 Whale Talk - SWT a reminder that Ellie MacLennan's talk "Disentangling a Whale of a Problem" has been re-arranged for Broadford Hall at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 31st January
30th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Ardmore, Waternish (JDJ)
30th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Portree (JDJ)
29th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image three juveniles at Greshornish Fish Farm (RMcM)
29th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Ardmore, Waternish (RMcM) (see Gallery)
29th Jan 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image 100+ on Isay (RMcM)
27th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image still a juvenile at Uig Bay (SG); four including an adult at Mallaig and still three juveniles at Lochailort (SMacD)
27th Jan 2018 Twite View Image always scarce in winter, 7 at cattle feeders Heaste road (NB) & 30 noted at Truman, Waternish on the 25th (SP)
27th Jan 2018 Shelduck two returning birds Broadford (MB)
27th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image still a juvenile at Loch Ailort fish farm and three juveniles at Mallaig (SMacD)
26th Jan 2018 Jack Snipe View Image single at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
26th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image single juvenile still at Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC)
26th Jan 2018 Common Scoter single still in Loch Portree (NB,RMcM)
26th Jan 2018 Greenland White-fronted Goose still wintering group of c8 at Kilmuir (NB,RMcM)
26th Jan 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 12 at Camus Mor, Bornesketaig & 4 Red-throated Divers (NB,RMcM)
26th Jan 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image 75 at Balmacquien (NB, RMcM)
26th Jan 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image female visiting feeders at Kyleakin with 12 Long-tailed Tit (A&EH)
25th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image still two first winters at Bayfield, Portree (JDJ) and two in Broadford Bay (NB)
25th Jan 2018 Common Crossbill View Image 8 near entrance to Kinloch Lodge, Sleat - good cone crop this winter (RMcM)
25th Jan 2018 Canada Goose View Image two on the saltings at Loch an Dal, Sleat (RMcM)
25th Jan 2018 Merlin View Image single on Ardnish (P.O-W) is probably the same bird photographed by NB in Broadford yesterday - see Gallery
25th Jan 2018 Black-throated Diver View Image four in Broadford Bay, three Slavonian Grebes and two Common Scoters (NB)
24th Jan 2018 Brambling View Image male visiting feeders in Broadford (JD)
24th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image first winter bird still at Kildonan, Eigg (JC) and another at Camas Malag, Torrin (RMcM)
24th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image still two juveniles at Bayfield, Portree (JL)
23rd Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image two first winter birds at Bayfield, Portree this morning (JDJ) - one of these birds shows features of kumleini (see Gallery)
23rd Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Kildonan, Eigg (JC) and a juvenile at Lower Milovaig (AS) (see Gallery)
22nd Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter again at Bayfield, Portree (JL)
22nd Jan 2018 Common Crossbill View Image three in Armadale Castle gardens (RMcM)
22nd Jan 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (BK) and three on Loch Meodal, Sleat (RMcM)
22nd Jan 2018 Winter trip to Catalonia see the Blog for details of a recent trip and the Overseas Gallery for some images
21st Jan 2018 Snipe several reports of birds in gardens recently due to bad weather at Harrapool (PO-W), Aird (KMcA) and Kildonan (T.Wilkiinson) - but 9 on an ice flow in Loch Long is very unusual (PS)
20th Jan 2018 White-billed Diver single reported from Uig Bay today (ML, SG) - this is the first report since one in the same area two years ago.
20th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile birds reported from Uig Bay (ML, SG) and Broadford Bay (NB)
19th Jan 2018 Goosander View Image a drake at Loch Scresort, Rum is unusual for the Small Isles (SM)
19th Jan 2018 Whimbrel View Image very unseasonal report of a Whimbrel at Bayfield, Portree (Jeff Lawson)
18th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Portree (NB) & another at Kinloch, Rum (SM); still three at Loch Ailort fish farm and another three at Mallaig (JC, SMacD)
18th Jan 2018 Common Scoter female type still at Loch Portree (NB)
18th Jan 2018 Red Squirrel talk CANCELLED the SWRFC scheduled for tomorrow at Kirkton has been cancelled because of the weather - watch this space for a new date.
18th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Loch Ailort fish farm (SMacD)
18th Jan 2018 Snow Bunting View Image two at the roadside Glasnacardoch, Mallaig (JC)
17th Jan 2018 Talk tonight cancelled Ellie MacLennan’s talk in Broadford tonight is CANCELLED because of weather
17th Jan 2018 Whooper Swan View Image two at Lochlonghead (PS)
17th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image now a single juvenile at Loch Ailort fish farm as well as three juvenile Iceland Gulls (SMacD)
16th Jan 2018 Water Rail single flew across road near Old Corry, Broadford (NB)
15th Jan 2018 Talks this week The Skye Group of SWT has a talk on Wednesday 17th January in Broadford Hall at 7.30 pm - Ellie MaLennan will talk on Disentangling a Whale of a Problem. SWRFC host a talk on Friday 19th at 2pm in Kirkton Hall where Becky Priestly will talk on local Red Squirrel reintroduction - all welcome to both these talks.
15th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image now three at Loch Ailort fish farm (SMacD)
15th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird Mallaig harbour (JC)
14th Jan 2018 Water Rail single at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
14th Jan 2018 Jack Snipe View Image sings flushed Scullamus common grazings (MB)
11th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image first winter bird still at Uig Bay (SG)
11th Jan 2018 Purple Sandpiper View Image single in Broadford Bay (NB)
11th Jan 2018 Whooper Swan View Image still 5 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan and 5 Goldeneye (PS)
10th Jan 2018 Blackcap View Image male at feeders, Miller's Cottage, Eigg (JC)
9th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image two 1st winter birds Black Rock, Portree (NB,JDJ) and still two at Loch Ailort fish farm (SMacD)
9th Jan 2018 Long-tailed Tit View Image up to 11 birds on feeders Kyleakin (A&EH) & 13 at Portree garden ( TH)
8th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
8th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter still at Uig Bay (NB)
7th Jan 2018 Common Scoter female type still in Loch Portree & 68 Wigeon (NB)
7th Jan 2018 Blackcap View Image female at feeders Morar (SMacD)
6th Jan 2018 Common Scoter still three female types in Broadford Bay (NB)
6th Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image first winter still at Uig Bay & first winter Iceland still (SG)
5th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter still in Uig Bay and also an adult bird in mid afternoon (JDJ)
5th Jan 2018 Whooper Swan View Image single at the Waterloo end of Broadford Bay (L.Shove) - also a single on the Storr Lochs yesterday (NB)
5th Jan 2018 Long-eared Owl View Image three birds seen at dusk from forestry path, Eigg (JC)
4th Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter again at Uig Bay (SG) and Glaucous again present (AB,NB) (see Gallery)
4th Jan 2018 Firecrest report of a bird in Armadale Gardens - from the path leading to the children's play area (P.Thornley)
4th Jan 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image 59 at Balmacquien (NB) (see Gallert)
4th Jan 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 6 at Lub Score + 2 Red-throats, a Black-throated Diver and 30 Kittiwake (NB)
4th Jan 2018 Black-throated Diver View Image two in Staffin Bay + 4 Great Northerns and two Red-throated (NB)
3rd Jan 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Uig Bay (SG)
3rd Jan 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image single in garden in Breakish (G.Barr)
2nd Jan 2018 Jack Snipe View Image single flushed at Portree (NB)
1st Jan 2018 Whooper Swan View Image single at Milovaig (C.Gray)
1st Jan 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird still at Uig Bay (RMcM)
1st Jan 2018 Common Scoter female type in Loch Portree (JDJ)
1st Jan 2018 Slavonian Grebe two off Ardnish,Broadford (NH)

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