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 Aug 2018 Goosander View Image 20 at Lochlonghead, Lochalsh (PS)
31st Aug 2018 Lapwing 65 at Loch Eyre + 11 Goosander (NB)
31st Aug 2018 Teal View Image numbers building up with 16 at Loch Eyre (NB) and 20 at Loch Kishorn (RMcM)
31st Aug 2018 Hen Harrier View Image three reports today of a male at Braes (GR) & ringtails at Waternish (CM) and Earlish (NHo) - birds are on the move - juveniles of each sex are ringtails distinguished by a chocolate brown back & rufous tinged breast with the white rump often prominent - let’s hope they avoid Grouse moors on their travels!
31st Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in Breakish Obbe (NH)
31st Aug 2018 Great Skua View Image still five on Staffin Island (MP)
30th Aug 2018 Goosander View Image 23 at the head of Loch Portree (NB)
30th Aug 2018 Barn Owl View Image single at Earlish at 0800 (NHo)
30th Aug 2018 Bottlenose Dolphin small pod of c6 has been around Broadford Bay most of the day last seen off Irishman’s Point in evening (MB,RMcM)
30th Aug 2018 Teal View Image flock of 22 came in off the sea at Staffin Bay and landed briefly before continuing south (MP)
29th Aug 2018 Black-throated Diver View Image single in Kilmarie Bay, Loch Slapin (RMcM)
29th Aug 2018 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 12 at the head of Loch Portree & 9 Greenshank (NB)
29th Aug 2018 Red-throated Diver View Image five at The Aird, Gedintailor, + a Whimbrel & 90 Terns (50 Arctic & 40 Common) (NB)
29th Aug 2018 Twite View Image c100 in Breakish Obbe (NH)
28th Aug 2018 Great Skua View Image single battling south at Black Lochs into southerly gale (RC) - increasing evidence that there is overland passage of skuas south from Broadford Bay.
28th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image c50 in Breakish Obbe early morning (NH)
27th Aug 2018 Twite View Image regular flock of 100+ on Glas Eilean, Broadford, and 50+ at Ardnish (NH)
27th Aug 2018 Red-throated Diver View Image 8 off Ardnish, Broadford & three Whimbrel (NH)
27th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image dark morph bird on Oberon Bank off Eigg & 4 Great Skua (RMcM)
26th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two in Broadford Bay ((RMcM)
26th Aug 2018 Greenshank 9 at the head of Loch Portree + 12 Bar-tailed Godwit & 19 Goosander (NB)
26th Aug 2018 Little Grebe View Image high count of 14 at Lochlonghead (PS)
26th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image five at Ashaig, Broadford (A&EH)
25th Aug 2018 Red-throated Diver View Image 6 in the Sound of Raasay (RMcM) & 19 in Broadford Bay (NB) - probably include some post breeding family groups.
24th Aug 2018 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 44 in the moulting flock at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
24th Aug 2018 Great Skua View Image 14 over Pabay (NB) & a single pale phase Arctic off Ardnish (RMcM)
24th Aug 2018 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 14 in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
24th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image five at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
23rd Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image singles in Breakish Obbe & Broadford Bay (NH, RMcM)
23rd Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 10 in Broadford Bay & 5 Knot (RMcM)
22nd Aug 2018 Goosander View Image 17 at Loch Portree (NB)
21st Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image four in Broadford Bay + four Bar-tailed Godwit, & a single Knot (NB, RMcM)
20th Aug 2018 Cuckoo late juvenile at Broadford (NB)
20th Aug 2018 Gadwall View Image pair in Broadford Bay (NB)
20th Aug 2018 Mistle Thrush View Image flock of 24 at Duisdale, Sleat (NH)
20th Aug 2018 Golden Eagle View Image not just Buzzards perch on fence posts - Eagles do as well but it’s the scale that matters - (AS) (see Gallery)
19th Aug 2018 Storm Petrel four from Uig-Lochmaddy ferry (RMcM, AW)
18th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image three dark morph birds at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
18th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 21 Broadford Bay (NB)
18th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image following yesterday’s heavy passage just a single juvenile in Broadford Bay (MB); 13 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
18th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 10 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
17th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image groups of 20 and 34 south through Broadford Bay this morning, then 170 in two groups in afternoon, and 34 then 27 mainly juveniles, & pushing south despite driving wind & rain (RMcM). Total for the day - 285! Group of 34 probably flew over Drumfearn (PK)
17th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 25+ in Breakish Obbe in morning (NH); 32 flew south from Broadford Bay in 4 groups late afternoon (NB,MB,RMcM)
17th Aug 2018 Redshank c100 flew south from Broadford Bay (RMcM)
17th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 12+ in Broadford Bay (NB, RMcM)
16th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image three dark morph birds at Ashaig, Broadford (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Great Skua View Image four off Camas Mor, Bornesketaig (RMcM) & four at Ashaig (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Basking Shark single off Camas Mor, Bornesketaig (RMcM)
16th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 10, in two groups of 5 flew into Broadford Bay (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image single off Irishman’s Point, Broadford Bay (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Peregrine View Image female provisioning food to a fledged youngster at Kilmuir ( RMcM)
16th Aug 2018 Redshank 50+ Harrapool ((A&EH) & 100+ Breakish Obbe in evening (NH)
16th Aug 2018 Common Sandpiper View Image still three in Harrapool (A&EH) & two at Irishman’s Point (NB)
16th Aug 2018 Twite View Image 100+ at Harrapool (A&EH)
15th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 18 on Ardnish + 9 Bar-tailed Godwit & 6 Whimbrel (RMcM)
15th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image four off Ashaig, Broadford, two dark & two pale phase, possibly different from yesterday's birds (RMcM)
15th Aug 2018 Sandwich Tern View Image two at mouth of Broadford River (NB)
14th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image three at Ashaig (RMcM) and three in Broadford Bay (NB)
14th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image five in Broadford Bay - 4 dark & a pale morph ((NB)
14th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image five in Broadford Bay (MB)
13th Aug 2018 Knot 42 in two groups south over Broadford Bay (NB)
12th Aug 2018 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 41 in moulting flock at head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
12th Aug 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 2ndCY bird still at Portree (JDJ)
11th Aug 2018 Tree Pipit View Image single over Drumfearn flying south (PK); 3 Spotted Flycatchers at Scullamus (RMcM): - both garden 1sts - lots of migrants on the move
11th Aug 2018 Goosander View Image 20 at the head of Loch Sligachan (NB)
11th Aug 2018 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Broadford still (D.Inglis)
11th Aug 2018 Red-legged Partridge View Image bird seen crossing road at Kyleakin (P.Thornely)
11th Aug 2018 White Wagtail View Image two at Lower Milovaig + four leucorhoa type Wheatears (AS) (see Gallery)
10th Aug 2018 Hen Harrier View Image please see the blog for a breakdown of harriers in Skye & Lochalsh in 2018
10th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image group of 10 on Ardnish, Broadford (P.O.-W)
10th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image five left Breakish Obbe in morning (NH)
10th Aug 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image single at Balmacquien (AC)
9th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 85 flew south from Broadford Bay early morning (MB); 8 at Ashaig, Broadford later (RMcM), then 43 Broadford Bay late afternoon (NB)
9th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 20 in Broadford Bay & 4 at Ashaig; 150 Ringed Plover between the two sites (RMcM)
9th Aug 2018 Common Tern View Image 120 in Broadford Bay + two Arctic Tern (NB) (see Gallery)
8th Aug 2018 Long-tailed Skua adult this morning from the Uig-Lochmaddy ferry in Skye waters (SD)
8th Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image two dark morph off Ashaig, Broadford + 6 Great Skua (RMcM)
8th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image four at Broadford Bay (NB)
8th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 29 at Traigh Farm, Morar (SMacD)
8th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image still 12 in Broadford Bay (RMcM) & 10 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
8th Aug 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image injured bird found in garden at Uig (per SG)
7th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 9 at Broadford Bay in early evening + 16 Sanderling & a single Knot (MB)
7th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 15 Breakish Obbe in morning (NH)
7th Aug 2018 Rosy Starling bird apparently still at Geary - image posted on Bird Forum
6th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 25 flew sw from Breakish Obbe early morning (NB); four in Broadford Bay (NB) & three at Ashaig later (RMcM)
6th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 8 in a Broadford Bay in morning (MB); two over Brogaig, Staffin (DB)
6th Aug 2018 Cuckoo juvenile near Drinan, Strathaird (MB,RMcM)
6th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 41 in Broadford Bay (NB) is a good count here; four at Duntulm (DB)
5th Aug 2018 Red-necked Phalarope View Image see the Blog for a 2016 report of an interesting RNP record on Skye
5th Aug 2018 Sooty Shearwater View Image single from the Small Isles ferry in the Sound of Sleat (SM)
5th Aug 2018 Storm Petrel single on the Small Isles ferry between Rum & Canna & 10 Basking Sharks (SM)
5th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image five Breakish Obbe (NH) & 15 in Broadford Bay (MB)
5th Aug 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 2cy bird still in Portree harbour (NB)
4th Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image 11 at Broadford Bay (RMcM)
4th Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image 15 on Ardnish, Broadford, in afternoon (DB) with 7 on Breakish Obbe later (NH)
4th Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 24 came in off the sea at Ardnish, Broadford, in afternoon (DB)
4th Aug 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image single flushed on Ardnish, Broadford (DB)
4th Aug 2018 Cuckoo late juvenile at Kildonan Glen, Eigg (JC)
3rd Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image two dark morph birds in Broadford Bay in morning (MB)
3rd Aug 2018 Magpie north end bird now seems to have taken up residence at Dun Flodigarry Hostel (NS-M)
3rd Aug 2018 Dunlin View Image 320+ in Broadford Bay in morning increasing to 515 early evening, which is very near a peak count for the area (MB)
3rd Aug 2018 Basking Shark 5 off Kilmory, Rum (SM)
3rd Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image four with 25 Dunlin at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM); 85 at Laing Bay, Eigg (JC)
3rd Aug 2018 Grasshopper Warbler still reeling bird at Portree (NB)
2nd Aug 2018 Greenshank 9 at Loch Portree (NB)
2nd Aug 2018 Swift single over Staffin Bay again this morning (DB)
2nd Aug 2018 Whimbrel View Image good numbers passing through Broadford Bay early - 130 in two hours (MB) (see Gallery)
2nd Aug 2018 Redshank 70 in Broadford Bay (MB) & 54 in Breakish Obbe (NH)
2nd Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 18 in Broadford Bay + 8 Knot (MB); also 15 Black-tails at the head of Loch Dunvegan (LS)
2nd Aug 2018 Grasshopper Warbler still two reeling birds at Tote (CH)
2nd Aug 2018 Oystercatcher 256 in Broadford Bay (NH)
2nd Aug 2018 Arctic Skua View Image three off Bornesketaig, two dark morph and one pale (MP)
2nd Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image four at Camus Mor, Bornesketaig (MP)
2nd Aug 2018 Short-eared Owl View Image bird at the head of Loch Ainort (NB) - probably the same bird recently at Ard Dorch
1st Aug 2018 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 17 in Broadford Bay in morning (RMcM) (see Gallery); probably a different flock of 14 later (MB,NB); in late afternoon 150 Broadford Bay (NB,RMcM) & 86 at Breakish Obbe then 150 later (NH) - overall totals 250-300
1st Aug 2018 Knot flock of 10 at Broadford Bay early morning (RMcM) (see Gallery); probably a different flock of 15 later (MB,NB); then 8 late afternoon (NB, RMcM)
1st Aug 2018 Sanderling View Image max count of 27 in Broadford Bay early morning (RMcM) ; 19 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
1st Aug 2018 Swift single still in Staffin Bay (DB)

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