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
24th Jun 2019 Red Kite View Image single north over Raasay House mid afternoon (RC)
24th Jun 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image four in Breakish Obbe (NH)
24th Jun 2019 Eider numbers building up with 206 in Loch Ainort (NB)
24th Jun 2019 Greylag Goose View Image 62 + 8 goslings on Loch Ainort at Luib (NB)
23rd Jun 2019 Great Skua View Image up to 8 birds over Wiay including non breeding pairs (RMcM)
23rd Jun 2019 Whimbrel View Image single on Ardnish, Broadford, probably a returning non/failed breeder (PO-W)
22nd Jun 2019 Rosy Starling adult visiting garden feeders at Woodpark, Portree (DMacSween) (see Gallery)
22nd Jun 2019 Common Redpoll a very pale bird showing key features of this species was at Scullamus Moss, Breakish (RMcM)
22nd Jun 2019 Iceland Gull View Image single reported, age unknown, near Kilmaluag tonight. 3cy bird still present at Loch Poolteil (AS)
22nd Jun 2019 Skye Birds 3rd edition The 3rd edition of Skye Birds is now available. It can be purchased direct from this website via PayPal and is also available at Aros & Fraser Macintyre, Stationer, Portree, An Crubh in Sleat, & the Skye Gift Co., Market Square, Broadford. The cost is £15.00
20th Jun 2019 Eider 120 in moulting flock at Loch Ainort (NB)
20th Jun 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 3cy bird still at Loch Pooltiel (AS)
20th Jun 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 6 in Breakish Obbe (NH)
19th Jun 2019 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image another recently fledged bird appearing at feeders at Kyleakin (A&EH)
18th Jun 2019 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image recently fledged juvenile at feeders at Isleornsay (RC)
18th Jun 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two in Breakish Obbe (NH)
17th Jun 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single still Breakish Obbe (NH)
16th Jun 2019 Long-tailed Tit View Image probable family group of 9 in garden at Kyleakin (A&EH)
16th Jun 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in Breakish Obbe then four later - possibly returning or failed breeders (NH)
16th Jun 2019 Great Northern Diver View Image single off Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
16th Jun 2019 Sabine’s Gull adult seen from Uig-Lochmaddy ferry half way across (SD)
15th Jun 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 3cy bird again at Loch Pooltiel (AS) - see images in Gallery - this bird appears to have been attacked but seems to be otherwise healthy
15th Jun 2019 Rosy Starling adult seen & photographed at Aird Bernisdale today (S.Fraser)
15th Jun 2019 Canada Goose View Image five at Isleornsay (RC)
14th Jun 2019 Yellowhammer pair still visiting feeders at Plockton (JS)
14th Jun 2019 Hen Harrier View Image most pairs now have young with 5+ occupied sites - two pairs are known to have failed - all sightings welcome (RMcM)
13th Jun 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 3cy still at Loch Pooltiel this morning (AS) & still present late afternoon
13th Jun 2019 Great Black-backed Gull View Image 81 at the head of Loch Portree & a single drake Wigeon (NB)
13th Jun 2019 Twite View Image pair with fledged young at Talisker Bay (CH)
12th Jun 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 3cy still at Loch Pooltiel
12th Jun 2019 Sooty Shearwater View Image single reported from Neist Point
11th Jun 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 3rd cy bird again at Loch Pooltiel this morning (AS)
10th Jun 2019 Quail calling bird at Trumpan, Waternish
10th Jun 2019 Golden Plover four on Ardnish, Broadford, today (PO-W) - unusual at this time & perhaps failed breeders
10th Jun 2019 Magpie bird reported back on familiar ground at Ellishadder, perched appropriately on the Dinosaur Museum sign (N.Marshall)
9th Jun 2019 Minke Whale amazing footage of Minke Whale breaching six times off Elgol yesterday from Misty Isle Boat trips - see the footage on my twitter link (Anne MacKinnon)
9th Jun 2019 Iceland Gull View Image very late bird, probably 3cy, at Loch Poolteil (AS) (See Gallery)
9th Jun 2019 Long-eared Owl View Image four young in nest on Canna (CRS)
9th Jun 2019 Crossbill sp single at Inverarish, Raasay (per JG)
8th Jun 2019 Spotted Flycatcher View Image two recent reports from Drumfearn suggesting late birds still arriving (PK)
8th Jun 2019 Arctic Skua View Image eight birds at Neist Point today (AS) (see Gallery)
8th Jun 2019 Great Northern Diver View Image a juvenile past Neist Point today (AS) (see Gallery)
7th Jun 2019 Osprey View Image single flying west at Greshornish (MK, RMcM) - one of 7 species of bird of prey seen today in the general area around Edinbane
6th Jun 2019 Redshank alarming birds on Ardnish, Broadford suggesting breeding (PO-W) - Redshank are rare breeders on Skye
6th Jun 2019 Ringed Plover View Image wader passage drawing to a close with only 20 Ringed Plover & 4 Dunlin in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
5th Jun 2019 Yellowhammer pair visiting feeders at Plockton (JS)
5th Jun 2019 Pink-footed Goose View Image two with Greylags at Broadford Bay (NB)
5th Jun 2019 Long-tailed Tit View Image family group of 18 in Broadford (NB)
5th Jun 2019 Goosander View Image 15 at the head of Loch Portree (NB)
4th Jun 2019 Eider 100 birds in non-breeding flock at Loch Ainort (NB)
2nd Jun 2019 Quail bird calling briefly near Armadale (RMcM)
1st Jun 2019 Great Northern Diver View Image summer plumage single off the Perches, Eigg (JC)
1st Jun 2019 Orca single seen & photographed from Neist Point in the evening thought to be ‘Aquarius’ (per AS) - single also seen from Kilt Rock observation point on the 31st then four today including John Coe & Aquarius (SP)

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