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 John Poyner (  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
30th Jun 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image four at Waterloo, Broadford, probably a family group - and a single Whimbrel (RMcM)
30th Jun 2020 Long-tailed Tit View Image probable family group of 12 at Faoilean nr Torrin (DMo)
29th Jun 2020 Barn Owl View Image single hunting early evening at Portree (LB)
29th Jun 2020 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Lochlonghead (PS)
27th Jun 2020 Whimbrel View Image two at Broadford Bay and a single at Ashaig (MB,RMcM)
27th Jun 2020 Arctic Skua View Image two off Neist Point (AS)
27th Jun 2020 Minke Whale single off Neist Point though distant + pods of 8 & 12 Common Dolphin (AS)
26th Jun 2020 Lockdown Birding see the Blog for the results of our lockdown best bird competition
26th Jun 2020 Black-tailed Godwit View Image superb count of 250 probable failed/non breeders in Breakish Obbe then flushed & moved to Waterloo (NH, RMcM)
26th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image territorial bird still at Broadford Industrial Estate (NB)
25th Jun 2020 Sandwich Tern View Image two in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
25th Jun 2020 Orca pod of 6/7 again heading north in the Minch probably closer to Harris - seen from Milovaig (AS)
24th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image still singing in Broadford Industrial Estate (NB)
24th Jun 2020 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single & single Whimbrel in Breakish Obbe (NH)
22nd Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image territorial singing bird still at Broadford Industrial Estate (MB)
22nd Jun 2020 Whimbrel View Image single at Waterloo, Broadford (RMcM)
22nd Jun 2020 Chiffchaff two fledglings being blown around in garden at Portree were retrieved and found shelter (TH) (see Gallery)
22nd Jun 2020 Stock Dove two on the cricket pitch at Fort William (SC) - very scarce in west
22nd Jun 2020 Knot 9 sub-adults at Lusa Mouth, Broadford + a Sanderling & several Dunlin (RMcM)
22nd Jun 2020 Rosy Starling another report of a bird in the Teangue area this morning (H.Dodgson)
21st Jun 2020 Swift single over Shamhnan Insir, Rum (SM)
20th Jun 2020 Greenshank 8 at the head of Loch Portree + 34 Curlew & 43 Oystercatcher (NB)
20th Jun 2020 Whimbrel View Image single at Ashaig, Broadford + a recently fledged Ringed Plover (RMcM)
20th Jun 2020 White Wagtail View Image single at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
20th Jun 2020 Shelduck pair with brood of 8 at Ullinish (DMcG) (see Gallery)
19th Jun 2020 Long-tailed Tit View Image party of 16 through garden at Harrapool (PO-W)
19th Jun 2020 Whimbrel View Image two on Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W)
18th Jun 2020 Rosy Starling seen again at Kyleakin near the community centre (DB) (see Gallery)
18th Jun 2020 Common Redpoll single visiting feeders at Uig (ML)
18th Jun 2020 Blackcap View Image still two singing birds at Kilmarie, Strathaird (IR)
17th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image still in territory at Broadford Industrial Estate (MB)
17th Jun 2020 Whimbrel View Image two in Broadford Bay (MB)
17th Jun 2020 Rosy Starling seen with a flock of common Starlings near Kyleakin Community Centre (per HS)
16th Jun 2020 Sanderling View Image three at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
16th Jun 2020 Whimbrel View Image late single on Ardnish, Broadford (PO-W)
15th Jun 2020 Dolphins & Porpoise in Sound of Raasay from Black Rocks, Portree - three Bottlenose Dolphins, 33 Common Dolphin & 15 Harbour Porpoise (NB)
15th Jun 2020 Orca pod of 6/7 observed from Milovaig, then Neist Point well offshore in the Minch & moving south & watched in calm conditions by (AS) for nearly two hours - disappeared towards Barra
14th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image still singing Broadford Industrial Estate (RMcM)
14th Jun 2020 Turnstone 6-8 summering birds at Moll, Sconser (BB) (see Gallery)
14th Jun 2020 Sandwich Tern View Image single at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
14th Jun 2020 Arctic Skua View Image three south at Neist Point (AS)
14th Jun 2020 Harbour Porpoise sadly dead calf seen at Neist Point with adults seen nudging it - cause of death unknown (AS)
13th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image territorial male still at Broadford Industrial Estate (NB)
13th Jun 2020 Wood Warbler two singing males on the Leitir Fura path, Kinloch (PK) & another two at Cow Hill, Fort William (SC)
13th Jun 2020 Garden Warbler territorial bird still on Leitir Fura path, Kinloch (PK)
13th Jun 2020 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird at Lonmore, Dunvegan (J.Seller)
13th Jun 2020 Sandwich Tern View Image three in Broadford Bay (MB)
12th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image territorial bird still at Broadford Industrial Estate (RMcM)
10th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image territorial bird still Broadford Industrial Estate (MB) (see Gallery)
10th Jun 2020 Arctic Skua View Image three between Eigg & Muck + a Minke Whale from MV Sheerwater (RD)
10th Jun 2020 Whinchat View Image the male 1st report in our garden at Scullamus, Broadford, on 27 April Is still still with us and still singing - 6 weeks & no female yet! (RMcM)
10th Jun 2020 Cuckoo report of a young bird at Portree possibly hosted by Blackbird (D. Stammers)
10th Jun 2020 Wood Warbler singing bird again at Armadale (NH)
9th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image territorial bird still at Broadford Industrial Estate (NB)
8th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image territorial male still at Broadford Industrial Estate (RMcM)
8th Jun 2020 Canada Goose View Image c30 on the sea off Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (RD)
7th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image male still holding territory Broadford Industrial Estate (RMcM) (see Gallery)
7th Jun 2020 Rosy Starling still visiting gardens at Kyleakin (EH)
6th Jun 2020 Rosy Starling still visiting feeders in Kyleakin garden (A&EH); late news of another bird on feeders at Sassaig, Sleat, early yesterday (W.Clelland)
6th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image male still in territory at Broadford Industrial Estate (RMcM)
5th Jun 2020 Rosy Starling still in garden at Kyleakin this morning (A&EH)
5th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image male still singing Broadford Industrial Estate (MB)
5th Jun 2020 Common Scoter three in Broadford Bay + a Sandwich Tern & three Manx Shearwaters (NB)
4th Jun 2020 Rosy Starling still in private garden at Kyleakin (A&EH) (see Gallery)
4th Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image singing male still holding territory at Broadford Industrial Estate (RMcM)
4th Jun 2020 Hen Harrier View Image please see the blog for an interesting analysis of survival of young Hen Harriers - although this relates to the Cairngorms it equally applies to young birds fledged in Skye which disperse to other areas. Only limited Hen Harrier breeding monitoring is taking place this year.
4th Jun 2020 Turnstone still a few reports of birds with two at The Aird, Gedintailor (WM) - birds have summered before
4th Jun 2020 Whimbrel View Image four at the head of Loch Portree (NB)
3rd Jun 2020 Rosy Starling adult in private garden at Kyleakin this morning (A&EH) (see Gallery) - and remained throughout the day, probably a male - there is another influx this year
3rd Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image territorial bird still at Broadford Industrial Estate (RMcM)
2nd Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image still in full song at Broadford Industrial Estate this morning (NH)
2nd Jun 2020 Orca Re yesterday’s Neist sighting - Update - it is thought that the Bull is either Hulk, Scotland - Iceland migrant pod, or Busta, Northern Isles pod (Alison S)
2nd Jun 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image three in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
2nd Jun 2020 Whimbrel View Image three in Loch Portree (NB)
1st Jun 2020 Lesser Whitethroat View Image singing male heard at Broadford Industrial Estate by Phil Knott (from his office) sparked a self distancing local twitch - see Gallery - this is the 1st summer record since 2013, at Dunvegan & coincidentally on June 1st
1st Jun 2020 Orca another sighting at Neist Point - a bull, two females & two small calves moving north - (A&AS) - potentially extremely interesting observation as there is a view historical west coast pod is not reproducing (see cetacean Gallery)
1st Jun 2020 Eider moulting flock at Loch Ainort beginning to build up - 140 (NB)
1st Jun 2020 Arctic Skua View Image single south at Neist Point (AS)
1st Jun 2020 Buzzard a bird photographed by Martin Benson at Broadford Industrial Estate looks as if it has caught a rodent which was in a trap - we are confident the bird is not caught in the trap - see Gallery
1st Jun 2020 Ring Ouzel View Image bird flew across road at Druim na Cloich, head of Loch Ainort (NB)

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