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
12th Nov 2019 Carrion Crow View Image single at Uig Pier (SD)
12th Nov 2019 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile in outer Uig Bay from the ferry (SD)
12th Nov 2019 Fieldfare/Redwing still about 150 in Kyleakin area (A&EH) & 100+ between Kilmore/Teague on Sleat (RMcM)
11th Nov 2019 Brent Goose View Image straggler at Stein, Waternish (CM)
11th Nov 2019 Blackcap View Image female at feeders Lower Milovaig + Tree Sparrow still (AS) (see Gallery)
11th Nov 2019 Waxwing View Image single in Portree garden feeding on apples (WH)
10th Nov 2019 Tree Sparrow back on feeders at Lower Milovaig today (AS)
10th Nov 2019 Skylark View Image single at Lower Milovaig today (AS) (see Gallery) - this species is mainly absent from Skye in winter
10th Nov 2019 Waxwing View Image 8 in Breakish feeding on apples (N.Ferguson)
9th Nov 2019 Tree Sparrow single at feeders Lower Milovaig this morning (AS) (see Gallery) - although recorded annually in the area most records are in spring: also a possible in Portree yesterday - one on Barra today as well!!
9th Nov 2019 Slavonian Grebe three in Broadford Bay & three Red-throated Divers (NB)
9th Nov 2019 Long-tailed Tit View Image lots of recent reports (see Gallery) but 20 at Upper Tote (CH) one of best counts
8th Nov 2019 Waxwing View Image two at Drynoch at the main road junction (RMcM)
8th Nov 2019 Golden Plover 40 at Feorlig (RMcM)
8th Nov 2019 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (RMcM)
8th Nov 2019 Long-tailed Duck View Image female/juvenile type off pontoons at Arisaig (RD)
8th Nov 2019 Slavonian Grebe five in Loch Ainort + five Great Northern Divers (NB)
6th Nov 2019 Brambling View Image single in Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
6th Nov 2019 Woodcock 21 on the Kylerhea road at dusk + 3 Red Grouse (DDL)
6th Nov 2019 Common Redpoll probable candidate ringed with Lessers in Glen Varrigall, Portree, today (JDJ) (see Gallery)
5th Nov 2019 Waxwing View Image two in Tianavaig Place, Portree (NB) (see Gallery for some lovely images from Neil)
5th Nov 2019 Snow Bunting View Image male still at Salisbury’s Dam, Rum (SM)
5th Nov 2019 Yellow-legged Gull adult back at Loch Pooltiel (AS)
5th Nov 2019 Fieldfare View Image 100 at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
5th Nov 2019 Red-throated Diver View Image four in Broadford Bay & four Great Northern Diver off Lusa (RMcM)
5th Nov 2019 Water Rail recorded on nocturnal migration at Strollamus last night - also Redwing & a Fieldfare (DDL)
4th Nov 2019 Waxwing View Image 6 reported at Ardvasar this morning (RBA) & two at Orbost (LS)
4th Nov 2019 Fieldfare View Image 150 at Dunan (DDL) & c800 at Ardvasar (RMcM)
4th Nov 2019 Snow Bunting View Image male at Salisbury’s Dam, Rum (SM)
4th Nov 2019 Long-tailed Duck View Image two in Broadford Bay (NB)
4th Nov 2019 Oystercatcher a colour ringed bird currently wintering in Broadford Bay was ringed as a breeding adult at south Iceland on 14.5.2019 - see https://wadertales.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/mission-impossible-counting-icelands-wintering-oystercatchers/
3rd Nov 2019 Common Crossbill View Image 8 in Portree forestry (NB)
3rd Nov 2019 Brent Goose View Image juvenile straggler still in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
3rd Nov 2019 Storm Petrel a bird caught at Duntulm in a ringing session on August 4 this year had been caught and ringed at Fair Isle on July 16th so had travelled 340kms - it was probably a non breeding bird (JDJ)
3rd Nov 2019 Whooper Swan View Image three on Loch Fada (EC) & a single at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
2nd Nov 2019 Long-tailed Duck View Image juvenile still at Lochailort (SMacD)
2nd Nov 2019 Water Rail bird tapping on the window of Miller’s Cottage, Eigg, last night (JC)
2nd Nov 2019 Common Gull 1100 at the head of Loch Sligachan (NB)
2nd Nov 2019 Slavonian Grebe four at Loch Ainort + five Great Northern Divers (NB)
2nd Nov 2019 Chiffchaff single in Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM)
2nd Nov 2019 Goldfinch charm of 60+ birds at Kyleakin (A&EH)
2nd Nov 2019 Blackcap View Image single on feeders at Treaslane (Michael Brown) (see Gallery)
1st Nov 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
1st Nov 2019 Swallow two late birds at Arisaig (RD)
1st Nov 2019 Brent Goose View Image lingering juvenile still at Broadford Bay (NB)
1st Nov 2019 Slavonian Grebe four in Loch Ainort (NB)
1st Nov 2019 Harbour Porpoise 4 separate pods totalling 25 animals off Invertote (CH)

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