Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye

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 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' -  Records sent to us are also submitted to Birdtrack.

Date Species Image Details
14th Dec 2019 Slavonian Grebe 5 in Loch Ainort (NB)
14th Dec 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird still Bayfield, Portree & female Common Scoter still on nearby loch (JDJ)
13th Dec 2019 Ptarmigan View Image two at Bealach na Ba, Applecross (RMcM) (see Gallery) also a Dipper on the pool at 600metres
13th Dec 2019 Snow Bunting View Image single on the north side of Bealach na Ba, Applecross (RMcM)
12th Dec 2019 Blackcap View Image male at feeders at Kyleakin (AH)
12th Dec 2019 Rock Dove Jonathan Jones has started a colour ringing project with Rock Doves in the Portree area - please pass on details of any sightings - see the Gallery for examples of the rings
11th Dec 2019 Blackcap View Image male visiting feeders at Achnahanaid, Braes (GR)
11th Dec 2019 Magpie single seen at Kensaleyre (AR)
10th Dec 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter again at Bayfield, Portree (NB)
9th Dec 2019 Carrion Crow View Image single still at Uig (M.Williams)
8th Dec 2019 Iceland Gull View Image 1st winter bird at the head of Loch Portree - and a single Knot & two Whooper Swans (NB)
8th Dec 2019 Yellow-legged Gull adult still Loch Poolteil (AS)
5th Dec 2019 Slavonian Grebe three in Loch Ainort (NB)
4th Dec 2019 Tree Sparrow still at Lower Milovaig (day 26) (AS)
2nd Dec 2019 Common Scoter female type still in Loch Portree ((NB)
1st Dec 2019 Whooper Swan View Image single at Loch Dunvegan (MC); 9 south at Kinloch (MB) and 5 at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
1st Dec 2019 Mandarin drake again at Morar (SMacD)
1st Dec 2019 Water Rail adult visiting garden pond at Annishader, Snizort (MS) (see Gallery)
1st Dec 2019 Common Scoter two females still in Uig Bay (SG)
1st Dec 2019 Carrion Crow View Image single still at Uig (SG)

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