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
31st Jul 2020 Magpie bird still present on Canna and thought to have been there for some time (GG)
31st Jul 2020 Sandwich Tern View Image three in Broadford Bay (NB)
31st Jul 2020 Hobby single reported chasing hirundines over Banavie/Corpach areas of Lochaber (SC)
28th Jul 2020 Mallard female with very late brood of two tiny ducklings at Isleornsay (RC) - also a female with brood of 4 small ducklings at Ose on 24th (LM)
28th Jul 2020 Spotted Flycatcher View Image successful breeding with two fledged broods Uig Woods & another at Glen Bernisdale (SG)
28th Jul 2020 Whinchat View Image fledged youngster at Idrigill, Uig (SG)
28th Jul 2020 Storm Petrel single off Waternish Point from the ferry (RMcM)
28th Jul 2020 Sanderling View Image three Kilmory, Rum (SM) & a single Broadford Bay (NB)
28th Jul 2020 Whimbrel View Image two in Broadford Bay + 50 Curlew & 60 Dunlin (NB)
27th Jul 2020 Sanderling View Image four in Broadford Bay & a single Knot with c80 Dunlin (RMcM)
27th Jul 2020 Greenshank 13 at the head of Loch Portree & 9 at Loch Sligachan (RMcM)
27th Jul 2020 Whimbrel View Image single over Craigard Bay, Eigg (JC)
27th Jul 2020 Manx Shearwater View Image 250 off a Kilt Rock, Staffin (SG) & 100 in outer Loch Snizort (RMcM)
27th Jul 2020 Shelduck brood of 5/6 successfully fledged at Ullinish (DMcG)
26th Jul 2020 Dunlin View Image 180 at Broadford Bay & 140 at Ashaig - thought to be different birds (RMcM) (see Gallery)
26th Jul 2020 Sanderling View Image 6 at Broadford Bay & 4 at Ashaig (RMcM)
25th Jul 2020 Golden Plover 15 on Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM)
25th Jul 2020 Spotted Flycatcher View Image adult feeding young Isleornsay (RC)
25th Jul 2020 Orca the large bull Aquarius has been seen between Kilt Rock and Rona in the last few days
25th Jul 2020 Knot three in Broadford Bay (MB)
25th Jul 2020 Greenshank four in Broadford Bay (MB) & 18 at Loch Portree (NB)
25th Jul 2020 Redhank 58 in Broadford Bay (MB) and 25 in Loch Portree (NB)
25th Jul 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image four at Loch Portree (NB) & two in Broadford Bay (MB)
24th Jul 2020 Garden Buzzard! Alan & Elaine Horner feed Buzzards meat scraps in their Kyleakin garden - adult brought two recently fledged young to the garden today (see Gallery)
24th Jul 2020 Great Skua View Image single heading north-west over Portree ((NB)
24th Jul 2020 Whimbrel View Image four in Broadford Bay (RMcM)
23rd Jul 2020 Chiffchaff single at Uig Hotel (SG)
23rd Jul 2020 Whimbrel View Image 14 at Breakish Obbe & singles at Loch Portree & The Aird, Gedintailor (NH,NB, MH)
23rd Jul 2020 Sanderling View Image 7 at Ashaig, Broadford + 60 Dunlin & 20 Ringed Plover (RMcM)
23rd Jul 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image four at Loch Portree + 7 Greenshank, 90 Oystercatcher & 70 Curlew (NB)
23rd Jul 2020 Goosander View Image 25 at Loch Portree (NB)
23rd Jul 2020 Black-headed Gull 10 at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
22nd Jul 2020 Dunlin View Image 120 in Broadford Bay with just a single juvenile (RMcM)
22nd Jul 2020 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three in Broadford Bay, flushed & flew south (MB)
22nd Jul 2020 Long-eared Owl View Image single caught in camera trap at Ullinish on 15 July (PS)
21st Jul 2020 Wheatear View Image single juvenile leucorhoa type at Neist Point (AS) (see Gallery)
21st Jul 2020 Arctic Skua View Image dark morph bird south at Neist Point + 300 Manx Shearwaters & good numbers of Puffins (AS) (see Gallery)
21st Jul 2020 Swift three over Isleornsay, Sleat (NH)
21st Jul 2020 Canada Goose View Image 11 at Isleornsay, Sleat (RC)
21st Jul 2020 Twite View Image post breeding flocks forming with 25 at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
21st Jul 2020 Grasshopper Warbler reeling bird still at Black Lochs, Broadford (NH)
21st Jul 2020 Nuthatch single at feeders at The Lodge, Eigg - possibly the same bird previously reported (per JC)
20th Jul 2020 Manx Shearwater View Image c200 off Neist Point (AS) (see Gallery)
20th Jul 2020 Dunlin View Image 130+ in Broadford Bay, but only two juveniles (MB)
20th Jul 2020 Oystercatcher 70 at the head of Loch Portree + 60 Curlew, single Whimbrel & Bar-tailed Godwit (NB)
20th Jul 2020 Greenshank 12 at the head of Loch Portree + 22 Redshank (NB)
19th Jul 2020 Risso’s Dolphin five off Meanish Pier, Milovaig (AS)
19th Jul 2020 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 7 in Broadford Bay & a single Knot (MB)
19th Jul 2020 Rosy Starling still visiting feeders in garden at Erbusaig (KMacI) (see Gallery) - confident it’s a different bird from the one at Kyleakin a month ago
19th Jul 2020 Redshank 28 in Broadford Bay & 20 at Ashaig (MB,RMcM)
19th Jul 2020 Dunlin View Image c200 in Broadford Bay (A&EH) & 75 at Ashaig (RMcM)
19th Jul 2020 Ringed Plover View Image 70 at Ashaig & two Whimbrel (RMcM)
19th Jul 2020 Cuckoo recently fledged bird in the rain at Saraig, Loch Duich, on 19.7.20 (RF) (see Gallery)
19th Jul 2020 Common Redpoll single on feeders at Uig (ML)
18th Jul 2020 Sanderling View Image 27 in Broadford Bay + 120 Dunlin & 30 Ringed Plover (A&EH, NB, RMcM)
18th Jul 2020 Whimbrel View Image 24 flushed by a Sparrowhawk & flew south from Broadford Bay (NB)
18th Jul 2020 Sooty Shearwater View Image single in the Minch from the Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry
17th Jul 2020 Rosy Starling visiting garden feeders at Erbusaig again (KMacInnes)
17th Jul 2020 Arctic Skua View Image pale morph bird at Neist Point (SC)
17th Jul 2020 Whimbrel View Image 9 in evening Broadford Bay (MB), a single at Loch Portree (NB) & 10 at Ardmore, Waternish, in evening (SP)
17th Jul 2020 Greenshank 15 at the head of Loch Portree & 25 Goosander (NB)
16th Jul 2020 Rosy Starling single at Erbusaig with juvenile Common Starlings (K.MacInnes) - maybe a different bird from the one at Kyleakin a few weeks ago - or maybe not!
16th Jul 2020 Storm Petrel single off the coast of Eigg from MV Sheerwater (RD)
15th Jul 2020 Blackcap View Image pair in a garden at Kyle of Lochalsh (SS); still two singing in patch at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
15th Jul 2020 Redshank 35 in Broadford Bay + three Greenshank (RMcM)
15th Jul 2020 Sanderling View Image single at mouth of Lusa River, Broadford, + three Turnstone (RMcM)
15th Jul 2020 Bullfinch pair with three fledged young in garden at Portnalong (ST)
14th Jul 2020 Arctic Skua View Image single south past Neist Point (AS)
13th Jul 2020 Goosander View Image 23 at Loch Portree (NB)
13th Jul 2020 Greenshank excellent count of 17 at Loch Portree + two Bar-tailed Godwit (NB)
12th Jul 2020 Orca & Risso’s Orca ‘John Coe’ close in at Neist Point + 6 Risso’s Dolphins (AS) (see Cetacean Gallery)
12th Jul 2020 Common Swift 5 at Glenfinnan, Lochaber (SC)
12th Jul 2020 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image visiting feeders at Kilbride, Torrin (JJ)
11th Jul 2020 Red-breasted Merganser View Image three broods totalling 17 young at Loch Beag, Struan (ST)
10th Jul 2020 Black-tailed Godwit View Image three in Broadford Bay at Glas Eilean (RMcM)
10th Jul 2020 Bottlenose Dolphin 12 at Kyleside, Kyleakin, this morning (AH)
9th Jul 2020 Water Rail single bird in a drainage ditch near Monkstadt, Kilmuir (ML) - very few breeding records for Skye
9th Jul 2020 Great Skua View Image 7 on Staffin Island and two at Loch Mealt (ML)
9th Jul 2020 Whinchat View Image pair with two fledged young at Harrapool (NB)
9th Jul 2020 Common Whitethroat View Image with two fledged young at Broadford (NB)
9th Jul 2020 Greenshank 10 at the head of Loch Portree & three Wigeon still (NB)
8th Jul 2020 Teal View Image female with several small young on Loch Meodal, Sleat (RMcM)
8th Jul 2020 Whinchat View Image breeding pair at Portree (TH)
8th Jul 2020 Greenshank 9 at Loch Portree + a Bar-tailed Godwit (NB)
7th Jul 2020 Magpie late news - a Magpie which appeared on Soay on 27.5.19 & was reported on the website, remained on the island until the end of February 2020 (A&RC)
7th Jul 2020 Peregrine View Image pair with two fledged young at a site in Duirinish (AS)
7th Jul 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image single at Loch Portree + 68 Curlew, 4 Greenshank & 23 Goosander (NB)
6th Jul 2020 Kite sp one on the Struan - Portree hill road near Totardor, probable Red (M.Harper)
6th Jul 2020 Common Dolphin pod of c12 in outer Loch Poolteil (AS)
5th Jul 2020 Red-throated Diver View Image three at Bayfield, Portree (JDJ)
4th Jul 2020 Peregrine View Image male at Faoilean, nr Torrin (DM)
4th Jul 2020 Curlew 54 at the head of Loch Portree & 48 Oystercatchers (NB)
3rd Jul 2020 Cuckoo fledged youngster at Braebost, Edinbane (SP)
3rd Jul 2020 Blackcap View Image fledged brood of five at Dunvegan (CA)
3rd Jul 2020 Wigeon three at the head of Loch Portree are early migrants (NB)
2nd Jul 2020 Bottlenose Dolphin pod of 8 in Loch Poolteil - see super image in cetacean gallery - (AS) continuing a run of superb cetacean sightings
2nd Jul 2020 Black-tailed Godwit View Image four in Broadford Bay at Waterloo high tide (NB)
1st Jul 2020 Blackcap View Image male coming to garden at Aird Bernisdale for last week (A&AG)
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1st Jul 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image three in Broadford Bay, two Sandwich Terns & a single Whimbrel (NB)

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