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
29th Nov 2018 Brent Goose View Image two juveniles still on Glas Eilean, Broadford (PO-W)
27th Nov 2018 Canada Goose View Image three with Greylags at Loch Dunvegan (M.MacGregor)
27th Nov 2018 Jack Snipe View Image singles on Eigg near Kildonan Point (JC) & on Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
27th Nov 2018 Water Rail single in Laig lane, Eigg (JC)
26th Nov 2018 Slavonian Grebe three off Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
25th Nov 2018 Ring Ouzel View Image very late record yesterday of a single between Camas Malag & Suisnish, Strath (DM)
25th Nov 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 21 between Loch Ainort & Broadford Bay (NB)
25th Nov 2018 Common Scoter two in Loch Ainort & single in Broadford Bay (NB)
25th Nov 2018 Slavonian Grebe single in Scalpay Narrows & two off Ardnish (NB,NH)
24th Nov 2018 Brambling View Image single at feeders at Idrigill (RW)
24th Nov 2018 Ringed Plover View Image a colour ringed bird in Broadford Bay on 28.10 was originally ringed as a breeding female near Achiltibuie in 2016 & had returned each spring to breed in that area though not always with the same male (SW)
24th Nov 2018 Common Scoter female in Broadford Bay (NB)
23rd Nov 2018 Waxwing View Image two at Kyleakin Obbe (NH)
22nd Nov 2018 Waxwing View Image single again at Kyleakin Obbe (EH)
22nd Nov 2018 Brambling View Image single at feeders Portree (JDJ)
22nd Nov 2018 Common Crossbill View Image 8 in forestry on Portree - Struan hill road (JDJ)
21st Nov 2018 Common Scoter 9 in Loch na Caridh off Dunan (RMcM)
21st Nov 2018 Waxwing View Image single at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
21st Nov 2018 Jack Snipe View Image three at marsh Pier Hill, Eigg (JC)
20th Nov 2018 Some New Skye Birds just a reminder that I am giving a talk on Skye Birds and some other wanderings at An Crubh, Sleat, at 7.30pm tomorrow night Wednesday 21st November - all welcome
20th Nov 2018 Blackcap View Image female at feeders at Portnalong (JT) and male at Achnacloich (RMcM)
19th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs no sign of our bird this morning - or yesterday - so the last sighting was the 17th & it was with us since October 24. Coincidentally a bird appeared in Co.Wexford yesterday & with all the good images taken locally it might be possible to see if it our bird. With the high pressure setting in the conditions were ideal for it to move. It was good to see so many local people connect with it and get such terrific views.
19th Nov 2018 Blackcap View Image male at feeders at Kyleakin (DB) & female at Edinbane (W.Docherty)
19th Nov 2018 Purple Sandpiper View Image two at the head of Loch Carron and 130 Teal (RMcM)
18th Nov 2018 Jay following the recent report in Lochalsh, another near Ord which is only the 4th record for Skye (PStronach)
18th Nov 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 8 off Camas Mor, Borneskitaig (RMcM)
18th Nov 2018 Greenland White-fronted Goose after two attempts, still no sign of the small flock at Kilmuir - this flock has been in steady decline so any reports welcome.
18th Nov 2018 Common Scoter three in Loch Portree (NB)
18th Nov 2018 Brambling View Image female still at feeders Miller’s cottage, Eigg (JC)
18th Nov 2018 Slavonian Grebe five off Ardnish/Waterloo ( NH)
17th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay
17th Nov 2018 Raven c100 on hill road near Glenmore junction (NB)
17th Nov 2018 Black-throated Diver View Image 11 off Lusa, Broadford, & 3 Common Scoter (RMcM)
17th Nov 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 7 at Loch Ainort + 7 between Broadford Bay & Lusa (NB, RMcM)
16th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs at Broadford Bay still (JDJ)
16th Nov 2018 Slavonian Grebe single in the narrows at Kyle (A&EH)
16th Nov 2018 Brent Goose View Image two juveniles still at Broadford Bay (JDJ) and a single at Ardmore, Waternish
16th Nov 2018 Whooper Swan View Image six over the pier at Eigg (JC) & singles at Kinloch Glen, Rum (SM) & Inverinate (RMcM)
16th Nov 2018 Snow Bunting View Image single over Kilmory, Rum (SM)
16th Nov 2018 Brambling View Image single at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
15th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay (MB)
15th Nov 2018 Brent Goose View Image two juveniles still in Broadford Bay (NB)
14th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay (JF)
13th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay (MB)
13th Nov 2018 Viking Gull bird at Bayfield, Portree, early afternoon and reported previously as Kumlien’s is now regarded as Viking - a Glauc/Herring hybrid (RMcM) (see Gallery)
13th Nov 2018 Redwing View Image 1000+ at Glenmore junction west of Portree (NB)
13th Nov 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image adult at Kilmory, Rum ( SM)
12th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Nov 2018 Jay single reported at Loch Lundie, Lochalsh (J.Bu) - whilst this species is slowly expanding its range records in Skye & Lochalsh are still extremely rare
11th Nov 2018 Knot single in Broadford Bay....and Lesser Yellowlegs still
11th Nov 2018 Brambling View Image single still at Harrapool (MB)
11th Nov 2018 Blackcap View Image female in Uig (SG) & a male at Lower Milovaig (AS)
11th Nov 2018 Common Scoter female in Uig Bay (SG)
11th Nov 2018 Goosander View Image 22 at Loch Harport (RMcM)
11th Nov 2018 Iceland Gull View Image 3rd cy bird at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
10th Nov 2018 Waxwing View Image single briefly at Viewfield, Portree (JDJ)
10th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay at Harrapool
10th Nov 2018 Whooper Swan View Image 6 resting in Broadford Bay (PO-W) - two Brent’s still
10th Nov 2018 Common Scoter still two female types at Loch Ainort (NB)
10th Nov 2018 Kumliens Gull same bird again at Bayfield, Portree (NB)
10th Nov 2018 Long-tailed Tit View Image 6 visiting feeders at Plockton (JS)
9th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still Broadford Bay up to 1530 (MB,RMcM)
9th Nov 2018 Brent Goose View Image still two juveniles Broadford Bay (RMcM)
9th Nov 2018 Woodcock birds now being reported widely with recent reports from Penfller (NHo), Harrapool (J.Fraser) & Glen Arroch (RMcM)
9th Nov 2018 Brambling View Image single visiting feeders Kyleakin (D.Boyd) & male at feeders Uig Hotel (SG)
9th Nov 2018 Common Scoter two female/juvenile types Loch Ainort (NB)
9th Nov 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 6 at Loch Ainort & 11 in Broadford Bay (NB)
8th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay (MB)
8th Nov 2018 Blackcap View Image female visiting feeders at Morar (SMacD)
8th Nov 2018 Little Egret View Image bird still present at the head of Lochailort (SMacD) thought to be a different bird from Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (RD)
8th Nov 2018 Whooper Swan View Image family group of four still at Loch Mealt & three at Loch Cillchriosd (RMcM) (see Gallery)
8th Nov 2018 Redwing View Image 200+ at Loch Cillchriosd with 100+ Fieldfare (RMcM) (see Gallery)
8th Nov 2018 Long-tailed Tit View Image flock of 15 at Harrapool (FO-W)
8th Nov 2018 Barn Owl View Image one flushed in Uig Wood (SG)
7th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
7th Nov 2018 Little Egret View Image still in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
6th Nov 2018 Lessers Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
6th Nov 2018 Little Egret View Image still in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
6th Nov 2018 Brambling View Image a flyover at Drumfearn, Sleat (PK)
6th Nov 2018 Brent Goose View Image two juveniles still lingering in Broadford Bay (NB)
6th Nov 2018 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image single near Aros, Portree (JDJ)
5th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
5th Nov 2018 Little Egret View Image still in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
5th Nov 2018 Great Northern Diver View Image 20 in Staffin Bay (RMcM) - widespread reports of small numbers elsewhere
5th Nov 2018 Barnacle Goose View Image only 14 visible on Staffin Island (RMcM)
4th Nov 2018 Date for Diary giving a talk on 'Skye Birds - an Update' in An Crubh, Sleat, on Wed. November 21 at 7.30pm - all welcome.
4th Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still showing well Broadford Bay first thing this morning (RMcM)
4th Nov 2018 Brent Goose View Image two long staying juveniles at Glas Eilean, Broadford Bay, & four new birds at mouth of Broadford River (RMcM)
4th Nov 2018 Pomarine Skua View Image single beating up the gulls in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
4th Nov 2018 Brambling View Image female at Skye Shrubs, Portree (JDJ)
4th Nov 2018 Kumliens Gull a good candidate for this hybrid Iceland/Thayer’s Gull at Bayfield, Portree today (JDJ, NB)
4th Nov 2018 Little Egret View Image single still at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (JC) + 3 Slavonian Grebes
4th Nov 2018 Kingfisher single again on the River Morar (Niki Robertson)
3rd Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay this morning (RMcM)
3rd Nov 2018 Little Egret View Image still in Kyleakin Obbe + 33 sheltering Herons (RMcM)
3rd Nov 2018 Brambling View Image single visiting feeders at Plockton (JS)
3rd Nov 2018 Waxwing View Image at least one over Uig Hotel (SG)
3rd Nov 2018 Blackcap View Image two at Badicaul, Lochalsh, male & female (S.Smith) & a female at Lower Milovaig (AS)
3rd Nov 2018 Brent Goose View Image two long staying juveniles still in Broadford Bay (NB)
3rd Nov 2018 Black Gouse another report of a cock near the Black Lochs, Broadford - surely the same bird (EH)
2nd Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay until 1330 when it left to roost (RMcM)
2nd Nov 2018 Black Grouse View Image though there have been several reports from Lochalsh - it is many years since there was a verifiable report on Skye - male on Ardnish, Broadford today (PO-W)
2nd Nov 2018 Common Gull 1000 at Loch Portree and 40 Black-headed Gull (NB)
2nd Nov 2018 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 17 in Loch Portree & 65 Wigeon (NB)
2nd Nov 2018 Glaucous Gull View Image adult seen from the ferry in Muck harbour (JC)
2nd Nov 2018 Whooper Swan View Image family group of four in the roadside pool adjacent to Loch Mealt (C.Mackay)
2nd Nov 2018 Pomarine Skua View Image single off Waternish Point from the ferry (SD)
2nd Nov 2018 Woodcock two flushed at Kilbride, Torrin (JJ)
1st Nov 2018 Lesser Yellowlegs still in Broadford Bay at Harrapool (NB)
1st Nov 2018 Little Egret View Image single still Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
1st Nov 2018 Chiffchaff three in Uig Woods (SG)
1st Nov 2018 Brambling View Image two in Uig Bay (SG) & two in Broadford (NB)
1st Nov 2018 Common Scoter drake in Broadford Bay (NB)
1st Nov 2018 Whooper Swan View Image two on the Black Lochs, Broadford (NH) & four on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (JY)
1st Nov 2018 Goldeneye four at Loch Achnahinich, Lochalsh (DM)
1st Nov 2018 Barn Owl View Image single near Elgol on the roadside (Craig Mackay)

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