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 2019 Arctic Skua View Image single dark morph in Broadford Bay (NB)
31st Aug 2019 Ruff single on Traigh Golf Course + 9 Black-tailed Godwit (SMacD)
31st Aug 2019 Sanderling View Image 27 on the shoreline at Traigh (SMacD) and 44 in Broadford Bay (MB)
31st Aug 2019 Knot 9 in Broadford Bay (MB)
30th Aug 2019 Brent Goose View Image early passage with 7 in Broadford Bay (MB)
30th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image two in Broadford Bay in morning (RMcM)
30th Aug 2019 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 21 in Broadford Bay at high tide + 4 Knot (NB,RMcM)
30th Aug 2019 Sanderling View Image 25 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
30th Aug 2019 Sandwich Tern View Image 16 in Broadford Bay (NB)
29th Aug 2019 American Cliff Swallow see the Gallery for two images of the bird from Sam Langlois - and the Blog for the record of this rare find
29th Aug 2019 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image max counts of 19in Broadford Bay + 5 juvenile Black-tailed Godwit (RMcM)
29th Aug 2019 Knot as well as several lingering birds in Broadford Bay, flock of 9 flew in late afternoon (RMcM)
28th Aug 2019 Cliff Swallow despite a search of the Milovaig & Neist area by several observers this morning there was no sign ☹️. Though there are a dozen records for this species in Britain this is a first for Scotland and the first in August. It is therefore one of the rarest birds ever seen on Skye and whilst a number of us are disappointed at not connecting with it at least Andy Stables saw it in his local patch!
28th Aug 2019 Little Stint View Image single in Broadford Bay (MB)
28th Aug 2019 Common Sandpiper View Image late bird at Loch Pooltiel (RMcM)
28th Aug 2019 Whimbrel View Image two at Pool Roag & two Bar-tailed Godwit (NB et al)
28th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 6 in Broadford Bay late afternoon increasing to 17 by evening (NB,RMcM)
28th Aug 2019 Knot four in Broadford Bay & 13 Sanderling (RMcM)
27th Aug 2019 Ruff single reeve still in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
27th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 9 in Broadford Bay + 6 Bar-tailed + 6 Knot (RMcM)
27th Aug 2019 Dunlin View Image 200+ in Broadford Bay & 200+ Ringed Plover & 10 Sanderling (RMcM) - birds moving south at high tide
27th Aug 2019 Whimbrel View Image two in Broadford Bay (RMcM) & two in Loch Portree (NB)
27th Aug 2019 Goosander View Image 13 in Loch Portree (NB)
27th Aug 2019 American Cliff Swallow MEGA!!! Bird seen early evening at the Loch Poolteil pier, Lower Milovaig - last seen around 8pm
26th Aug 2019 Ruff single in Broadford Bay + 12 Knot & 8 Sanderling (RMcM)
26th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in Broadford Bay + 11 Bar-tailed Godwit (RMcM)
26th Aug 2019 Ringed Plover View Image 150 in Broadford Bay + 130 Dunlin (RMcM)
26th Aug 2019 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image report from Lyndale, Fanks - well north of our normal range (C.Stevenson)
25th Aug 2019 Twite View Image 30+ near the summit of Ainshval (781m) Rum (SM); flock of 100+ on saltings at Glas Eilean, Broadford Bay (0m) (RMcM)
25th Aug 2019 Sanderling View Image 11 in Broadford Bay early increasing to 18 later (MB)
25th Aug 2019 Knot 5 flew west in Broadford Bay (MB) then 26 later (PO-W)
25th Aug 2019 Redshank numbers in Broadford Bay increased throughout the day to 90 by early evening (MB); also 5 Bar-tailed Godwit
24th Aug 2019 Little Gull View Image single with Kittiwakes at mouth of Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (RD)
24th Aug 2019 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image still 18 in Broadford Bay + 10 Sanderling (RMcM)
24th Aug 2019 Whimbrel View Image 12 south through Broadford Bay & 8 Knot (RMcM)
23rd Aug 2019 Whimbrel View Image 6 in Broadford Bay early (RMcM) & three over Broadford Industrial Estate afternoon (PK) & a single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
23rd Aug 2019 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image good arrival Broadford Bay with 30+ by late afternoon (RMcM); 6 at the head of Loch Portree (NB)
23rd Aug 2019 Curlew 93 at the head of Loch Portree (NB)
23rd Aug 2019 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Broadford Bay + 30 Arctic Tern (RMcM)
23rd Aug 2019 Ringed Plover View Image 100+ in Broadford Bay + three Sanderling & a single Knot (RMcM)
23rd Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single over SE Bays, Eigg (JC)
23rd Aug 2019 Albatross sp Albatross sp (possible Black-browed) seen crossing bows of MV Loch Nevis ferry between Rum and Mallaig late afternoon (per SM) flying south towards Arisaig/Ardnamurchan
23rd Aug 2019 Magpie long staying single bird still at Ellishadder (DB)
22nd Aug 2019 Arctic Skua View Image two south off Loch Scresort, Rum (SM); single off Armadale harassing 70 Kittiwake (Ludwig)
21st Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three at Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC) & five in Broadford Bay (P.Markwell)
21st Aug 2019 Knot 7 in Broadford Bay + 3 Sanderling & a Whimbrel (RMcM)
21st Aug 2019 Yellow-legged Gull adult again at Loch Poolteil (AS)
20th Aug 2019 Whitethroat View Image single at Meanish Pier, Milovaig, was probably a migrant (AS)
20th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three at Traigh golf course, Morar, in evening (SMacD)
19th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image singles at Kildonan, Eigg (JC) & at Ardnish, Broadford still (RMcM)
19th Aug 2019 Yellow-legged Gull adult still at Lower Milovaig, Glendale (AS)
19th Aug 2019 Knot 6 in Broadford Bay + five Bar-tailed Godwit & 40 Redshank (PO-W) (RMcM)
18th Aug 2019 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image five at Broadford Bay & three at Loch Portree (RMcM)
18th Aug 2019 Greenshank 7 at Loch Portree (RMcM)
18th Aug 2019 Storm Petrel three off Waternish Point & two dark morph Arctic Skuas from the ferry (RMcM)
18th Aug 2019 Ruff single on flooded field at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig, which flew south in morning, then single at Traigh in evening (SMacD)
18th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 14 on flooded field at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig, which flew south in morning; two at Traigh in evening (SMacD)
17th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single on Ardnish, Broadford(RMcM)
17th Aug 2019 Sanderling View Image 7 at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
17th Aug 2019 Knot 9 at Ashaig, Broadford early evening (RMcM)
17th Aug 2019 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image two in Broadford Bay & 30 Redshank (RMcM)
16th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 13 south through Broadford Bay (RMcM)
16th Aug 2019 Knot single with Blackwits south through Broadford Bay (RMcM) & single at Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC)
15th Aug 2019 Red-breasted Merganser View Image moulting flock of 36 in Loch Ainort (RMcM)
15th Aug 2019 Sanderling View Image four at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
14th Aug 2019 Redwing View Image single in garden in Breakish (HS) - this is likely to be a birds which has bred in the Highlands rather than an early migrant
14th Aug 2019 Pectoral Sandpiper report from Kentra Bay, Acharacle, late afternoon- a scarce vagrant in Highland
12th Aug 2019 Meadow Pipit View Image c100 at Waterstein (AS)
12th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 9 at Broadford Bay at high tide & 15 Knot (lots of juveniles (RMcM) - also two Knot Staffin Bay (DB)
12th Aug 2019 Yellow-legged Gull adult back at Lower Milovaig (AS)
11th Aug 2019 Knot 5 in Broadford Bay early then 28 later (MB,RMcM) (see Gallery)
11th Aug 2019 Twite View Image flock of 25 at Lower Milovaig (AS) (see Gallery); 85 at Kilmaluag (DB)
11th Aug 2019 Sandwich Tern View Image 5 in Broadford Bay & 8 Turnstone (MB)
11th Aug 2019 Grasshopper Warbler late reeling bird at Flodigarry (DB)
10th Aug 2019 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single in Breakish Obbe (NH)
10th Aug 2019 Twite View Image flock of 60+ at Camas Mor, Bornesketaig (DB)
9th Aug 2019 Redshank 40 at Loch Portree & 30 at Ashaig, Broadford (NB,RMcM)
9th Aug 2019 Greenshank 8 in Loch Portree & 3 at Ashaig (NB,RMcM)
9th Aug 2019 Knot single at Ashaig & two Turnstone Ardnish Point (RMcM, NH)
8th Aug 2019 Hen Harrier View Image Not a great year with pairs absent from some established territories. Of 8 pairs which made a breeding attempt only three fledged a total of 7 young. Poor weather is thought to be a factor. Thanks for all the reports.
8th Aug 2019 Greenshank five in Breakish Obbe (NH)
8th Aug 2019 Willow Warbler View Image whilst most birds have started southward migration, still singing birds at Portree, Broadford (NB) & Portnalong (ST)
8th Aug 2019 Whinchat View Image two fledged young at Heaste (NB)
8th Aug 2019 Leatherback Turtle more evidence of global warming with a turtle reported at Neist Point today (per AS)
8th Aug 2019 House Sparrow View Image melanistic bird with a flock on path to Brother’s Point (TH)
8th Aug 2019 Sabine’s Gull adult from Uig-Lochmaddy ferry (CM Hind)
7th Aug 2019 Pied Flycatcher an early juvenile migrant on slip road at Staffin at midday (DB & TB) (see Gallery)
6th Aug 2019 Black-throated Diver View Image four in Broadford Bay off Waterloo (PO-W) & three in Loch Scavaig (GH)
6th Aug 2019 Sun Fish seen from a kayak in Loch Scavaig near Elgol today - image in Other Wildlife Gallery (GH)
6th Aug 2019 Little Grebe View Image brood of three on Loch Mealt (DB)
5th Aug 2019 Grey Heron View Image 32 at Skeabost Bridge at low tide (GF)
5th Aug 2019 Arctic Skua View Image good passage of 20 Arctic and 8 Great Skuas south at Neist Point this morning (AS) (see Gallery)
4th Aug 2019 Storm Petrel an exceptional catch of 60 Storm Petrels at Duntuilm last night (JDJ) (see Gallery)
4th Aug 2019 Ring Ouzel View Image adult with three fledged young at Achnahanaid, Braes (GR)
3rd Aug 2019 Peregrine View Image again at Harrapool (NB) & probably the same bird chasing 50 Dunlin at Ashaig (A&EH); adult & juvenile at Lower Milovaig suggesting local breeding success (AS) (see Gallery)
2nd Aug 2019 Rosy Starling probable adult male on feeders at Clachan, Staffin early morning (T.Lane) (see Gallery)
2nd Aug 2019 Common Sandpiper View Image see the Blog for details of a recent paper on the migration of this species to the Highlands
2nd Aug 2019 Peregrine View Image single again, over Breakish Obbe (NH)
1st Aug 2019 Bullfinch pair with four fledged young in garden at Portnalong (ST)
1st Aug 2019 Peregrine View Image single in Broadford Bay (NB)
1st Aug 2019 Great Skua View Image 4 at Ashaig & 6 in Broadford Bay (NB, A&EH) + single Arctic Skua (RMcM)
1st Aug 2019 Curlew good count of 57 at Ardnish, Broadford (NH)

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