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 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 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
10th Aug 2020 Arctic Skua View Image pale morph bird at Neist Point - also a Basking Shark (AS)
9th Aug 2020 Black-tailed Godwit View Image single at Loch Portree + 26 Goosander (NB)
9th Aug 2020 Hirundines at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig, c200 mixed hirundines, predominantly Swallows with Sand Martins & House Martins (RD)
9th Aug 2020 Cetaceans in flat calm conditions up to 12 Minke Whale seen between Arisaig & Point of Sleat from MV Sheerwater (RD); about 80 Common Dolphins in Mooney Bay, Neist (AS) (see cetacean gallery) & 20 heading north off the Crowlins (RMcM)
9th Aug 2020 Arctic Skua View Image dark morph bird well off Lusa Mouth, Broadford (RMcM)
9th Aug 2020 Redshank good count of 115 in Broadford Bay + 50 Curlew & 60 Twite (A&EH)
9th Aug 2020 Great Skua View Image four in the sea near Wiay (ST)
9th Aug 2020 Whimbrel View Image five through Broadford Bay & south mid evening (MB)
8th Aug 2020 Lesser Redpoll View Image post breeding flocks building up with 50 at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
8th Aug 2020 Willow Warbler View Image widespread reports of singing Willow Warblers today from Broadford, Portree, Orbost, Glendale - clearly the good weather is inducing birds to sing very late (NB,TH, AS)
7th Aug 2020 Osprey View Image one fishing Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (RD)
7th Aug 2020 Dunlin View Image large numbers passing through with 300 in Broadford Bay & 110 at Ashaig (RMcM)
7th Aug 2020 Black-tailed Godwit View Image 7 at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM) & a single at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
7th Aug 2020 Great Skua View Image 10 off Lusa, Broadford following creel boats + two Sandwich Terns (RMcM)
7th Aug 2020 Common Redpoll single visiting feeders at Uig (ML)
7th Aug 2020 Sanderling View Image 11 at Kilmory, Rum (SM) + three at Ashaig, Broadford & a single Whimbrel (RMcM)
7th Aug 2020 Arctic Skua View Image single noted at Loch Mealt (MF)
6th Aug 2020 Storm Petrel single between Mallaig & Rum (SM) & 6 south & west out of Arisaig on MV Sheerwater trips (RD) - 19 also reported from Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry this morning though some will be in Western Isles (BG)
6th Aug 2020 Great Northern Diver View Image two probable sub-adults off Back of Keppoch from MV Sheerwater (RD)
6th Aug 2020 Great Skua View Image 5 between Mallaig & Rum from the ferry + 1000 Manx Shearwater & 250 Guillemot (SM)
6th Aug 2020 House Sparrow View Image 100+ on feeders at Lower Milovaig including lots of juveniles (AS)
6th Aug 2020 White-tailed Eagle View Image seven soaring together near Suisnish, mainly adults (RW)
6th Aug 2020 Cuckoo juvenile at Suisnish, Torrin (RW)
5th Aug 2020 Knot 7 in Broadford Bay (MB)
5th Aug 2020 Dunlin View Image 310 in Broadford Bay + 24 Sanderling (MB)
4th Aug 2020 Kingfisher single on the burn at Camusdarroch, Morar (per SMacD)
4th Aug 2020 Storm Petrel three from the Rum - Mallaig ferry (SM)
4th Aug 2020 Goldfinch 50+ in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
3rd Aug 2020 Storm Petrel 10 in the Minch from the Uig-Tarbert ferry (SMacD)
2nd Aug 2020 Whimbrel View Image singles over Lochailort Fishfarm (SC) and at Loch Portree (NB)
2nd Aug 2020 Greenshank 12 at the head of Loch Sligachan & three at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
2nd Aug 2020 Red-breasted Merganser View Image 30 in moulting flock at the head of Loch Ainort (RMcM)
2nd Aug 2020 Common Redpoll single on feeders at Uig (ML)
2nd Aug 2020 Goosander View Image 25 at Loch Portree, 90 Curlew & 80 Oystercatcher (NB)
1st Aug 2020 Little Egret View Image single at Arisaig this morning (RD)
1st Aug 2020 Greenshank rare passage migrant at Meanish Pier on 1.8.20 (see Gallery)

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