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 Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Broadford River this morning - very pale bird as before - in gallery (NB); then three late afternoon including the bird above (NB, RMcM)
31st Mar 2018 Slavonian Grebe six in Broadford Bay (MB)
31st Mar 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image c50 on Isay (RA)
30th Mar 2018 Nuthatch at least one,possibly two birds near Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (RMcM) (see Gallery)
30th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile following fishing boat in Sound of Sleat (RMcM)
30th Mar 2018 Wheatear View Image arriving in numbers now with four at Ardmore, Waternish (JB) & a single at Rubh an Dunain (NH)
29th Mar 2018 Merlin View Image nice male in garden at Harrapool this morning (LJones)
29th Mar 2018 Wheatear View Image still trickling through with female at Earlish (NH)
29th Mar 2018 Ptarmigan View Image pair on Beinn Bhreac, Inverinate (DM)
28th Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 22 over Drumfearn heading north/west (PK) and 28 north over Dunvegan (RW)
28th Mar 2018 Crossbill pair in Armadale Gardens (RMcM)
28th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles at mouth of Broadford River (NB) and another at Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC)
28th Mar 2018 Wheatear View Image still very thin on the ground with single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
27th Mar 2018 Tawny Owl found injured on outskirts of Broadford and now recuperating (see Gallery)
26th Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 54 heading north at Neist Point (AS)
26th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image pale 1st winter bird at Broadford River (NB)
25th Mar 2018 Nuthatch bird seen near Loch Nan Eala, Arsaig (R.Dyer)
25th Mar 2018 Gadwall View Image single with Wigeon onLoch Nan Eala, Arsaig (R.Dyer)
25th Mar 2018 White-tailed Eagle View Image three in the narrows at Kylerhea (PJ)
25th Mar 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 44 between Ardnish and Skye Bridge + 18 Black-throated Diver (RMcM)
25th Mar 2018 Wheatear View Image single seen at Ose (P.Meany)
24th Mar 2018 Wheatear View Image three males found in the Milovaig area (AS)
24th Mar 2018 Kingfisher wintering bird still at Morar (SMacD)
24th Mar 2018 Blackcap View Image still visiting feeders at Bracara, Morar (SMacD)
23rd Mar 2018 Wheatear View Image female at Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (JC)
23rd Mar 2018 Manx Shearwater View Image first of the year with single off Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
23rd Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image first winter bird at Portree (NB)
23rd Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image four on River Snizort at Skeabost (JY)
22nd Mar 2018 Pintail single at the head of Loch Carron still and 125 Wigeon (RMcM)
22nd Mar 2018 Jack Snipe View Image single flushed in my garden at Scullamus, Broadford (RMcM)
22nd Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Loch Portree (JDJ)
22nd Mar 2018 Black-throated Diver View Image single on Loch Lundie, Lochalsh (DM)
22nd Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 6 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (JY)
21st Mar 2018 Storm Petrel just received information that the Shiants Ringing Group which visits Fladda Chuain each summer found evidence of breeding Storm Petrels in 2015 and 2017 using tape luring techniques - see Blog
21st Mar 2018 Magpie single bird still at Ellishadder and has started nest building...needs a mate desperately! (A.Ross)
21st Mar 2018 Wheatear View Image male at Camas Malag, Torrin (RMcM)
20th Mar 2018 Canada Goose View Image single at Loch Portree (JDJ) and pair at Isleornsay (RMcM)
20th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image two first winters at Loch Portree (NB) and a 2nd winter at Uig Bay (SG)
20th Mar 2018 Skylark View Image three flying north across Sound of Sleat this morning - seen from ferry (RMcM)
20th Mar 2018 Black-throated Diver View Image two off Mallaig (RMcM)
20th Mar 2018 Great Skua View Image 1st report of the year with a single in Broadford Bay (MB)
20th Mar 2018 Woodcock single in garden at Ullinish on 18th (G.Leatherbarrow) and single today in Uig Woods (SG)
18th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Greshornish fish farm (RMcM) - sadly the bird found in poor condition at Kyleakin Obbe did not survive.
18th Mar 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image c40 on Eilean Mor off Lyndale Point(RMcM)
18th Mar 2018 Lesser black-backed Gull View Image single at Bayfield, Portree (RMcM)
18th Mar 2018 Greenland White-fronted Goose only 7 in wintering flock at Kilmuir (RMcM)
18th Mar 2018 Skylark View Image flock of 70 at Duntulm (RMcM) & 35 at Monkstadt (ML)
18th Mar 2018 Purple Sandpiper View Image two at Duntulm (ML)
17th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile found sickly at Kyleakin Obbe (DB,A&EH) - taken into care by Grace Yoxon IOSF
17th Mar 2018 Hen Harrier View Image pair in territory at site in south of island, in semi display, despite the cold weather (RMcM) - most pairs in Skye will not lay until early May
17th Mar 2018 Yellowhammer single at feeders at Plockton (JS)
16th Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image five at Loch Achnahinich (DM) and three still at Loch Dubhrachan, Sleat (RMcM)
16th Mar 2018 Carrion Crow View Image single at Limepark, Broadford (NB)
16th Mar 2018 Crossbill two at Harrapool (NB)
15th Mar 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image for information there is an international Barnacle Goose census taking place this week-end - all counts will be welcome. To census some of the remoter islands a small aircraft will be used.
14th Mar 2018 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image later than normal, there were two at Glendale today (AS)
14th Mar 2018 Purple Sandpiper View Image single at Waterloo, Broadford (NB)
13th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image Juvenile at Portree (JDJ)
13th Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 5 at Loch Leathan including a juvenile (DM)
13th Mar 2018 Pied Wagtail View Image birds now penetrating to north & west with single Ardmore on 11th & two Lower Milovaig today (AS) - later than normal
13th Mar 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image c80 on the Ascribs (RMcM)
13th Mar 2018 Slavonian Grebe three off Ard Dorch (JDJ)
12th Mar 2018 Little Grebe View Image 16 at Loch Mor, Waterstein, is a record count (AS) + 5 Whooper Swan
12th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles at Portree fish farm (NB) & a bird on Eigg (JC)
12th Mar 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Meanish, Glendale (AS)
12th Mar 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image pair displaying at dusk at Ullinish (PS)
11th Mar 2018 Water Rail single at Loch Suardal (RMcM) (see Gallery)
11th Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image only two on Loch Dunvegan but 15 flew north over it (RMcM)
11th Mar 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image lone single at Ardmore, Waternish with 40 Skylarks (RMcM)
11th Mar 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image 3rd winter bird at Portree pier (NB)
10th Mar 2018 Crossbill in conifers at Camas an Sgianadin, Broadford, 7 Crossbill & a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker (NB)
10th Mar 2018 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 18 at Camas an Sgianadin, Broadford, a Black-throated Diver & a Slavonian Grebe (NB)
9th Mar 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Mallaig and a juvenile Iceland Gull
7th Mar 2018 Magpie single still at Ellishadder (NB). - this bird will have been in Skye for 6 years in May!
7th Mar 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 11 in Staffin Bay - & 14 Lapwing on Staffin Island (NB)
7th Mar 2018 Goosander View Image 4 in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
5th Mar 2018 Crossbill 7 in forestry at Aros, Portree (NB)
5th Mar 2018 Brambling View Image female still visiting feeders in Broadford (JD)
5th Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles passed Kilmory, Rum (SM)
5th Mar 2018 Jack Snipe View Image single in ditch at Lower Milovaig (AS)
5th Mar 2018 Woodcock 4 in Uig Woods (SG) - also seen regularly in Glen Brittle forest (KS)
4th Mar 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Meanish Pier (AS)
4th Mar 2018 Snow Bunting View Image single on Heaste road (RMcM)
4th Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 5 on the Storr Lochs including a juvenile (CH)
3rd Mar 2018 Whooper Swan View Image four at Loch Dhughaill, Sleat (MA) and five at Loch Shiel, Lochalsh (RMcM) + five at the wee loch at Inverinate (FS); two at Loch Suardal (RA)
3rd Mar 2018 Golden Plover 25 at Ashaig & 18 Turnstone (DM) + 16 Bar-tailed Godwit (A&EH)
2nd Mar 2018 Woodcock single in garden at Uig (ML) and unfortunately dead bird in garden at Ullinish (PS); another single at Upper Tote (CH)
2nd Mar 2018 Snow Bunting View Image single on the Quiraing road (HM)
1st Mar 2018 Iceland Gull View Image three juveniles at Portree in morning (JDJ)
1st Mar 2018 Jack Snipe View Image a probable in garden in Kyleakin (A.Hickey) & two Common Snipe on lawn at Kildonan (AW) & up to 5 at Harrapool (per FS)
1st Mar 2018 Weather Movements with lots of snow further east look out for birds moving west - not unusual to see Water Rail, Snipe species, Woodcock, Red Kite, Barn Owl etc moving west to escape bad weather.
1st Mar 2018 Snow Bunting View Image three beside cattle feeders on Heaste Road (NB) (see Gallery)
1st Mar 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image drumming bird in Raasay House garden (CH)

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