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 Dec 2020 Snow Bunting View Image single on the hill behind Ardnish Fishfarm, Lochailort (SC)
31st Dec 2020 Fieldfare View Image flock of 70 at Kilbride, Torrin (NH)
30th Dec 2020 Common Scoter five still on Loch Ainort (NB)
30th Dec 2020 Black-throated Diver View Image four in Loch Slapin off Kilmarie + two Red-throated Divers & 8 Great Northern Divers (RMcM)
30th Dec 2020 Minke Whale late record - one feeding in Loch Slapin/Coruisk jetty area (RMcM)
29th Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image four in Uig Bay, all juveniles (SG) - northerlies bringing in new birds
29th Dec 2020 Slavonian Grebe three in sw corner of Loch Morar, Arisaig (SMacD) - as Loch Morar is a freshwater loch this is an unusual winter record
28th Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Loch Portree still + juvenile Velvet Scoter (NB)
28th Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at Galmisdale Bay, Eigg (JC)
27th Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image 2nd winter at Bayfield, Portree (NB) with 1st & 2nd winter birds at Uig Bay (SG)
27th Dec 2020 Velvet Scoter still at Loch Portree, now confirmed as juvenile bird (NB)
27th Dec 2020 Water Rail Calling bird at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (RMcM)
27th Dec 2020 Snow Bunting View Image single at Harris, Rum (SM)
27th Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter at Knock Bay, Teangue, Sleat (S.Heap)
26th Dec 2020 Velvet Scoter female still in Loch Portree (NB)
26th Dec 2020 Tree Sparrow single at Beacarrie, Orbost (CA)
25th Dec 2020 Whooper Swan View Image six on Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (NR)
25th Dec 2020 Brent Goose View Image two on the shore at Arisaig (RD)
24th Dec 2020 Merry Christmas wishing all our website contributors and followers a very Merry Christmas and hopefully more freedom in 2021 to enjoy our wildlife
24th Dec 2020 Snow Bunting View Image single at Harris, Rum (SM)
24th Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still in Uig Bay (ML)
24th Dec 2020 Water Rail single crossing the road in Broadford (NB)
23rd Dec 2020 Snow Bunting View Image at least two at Kilmory, Rum (SM)
23rd Dec 2020 Velvet Scoter juvenile male still at Glenelg Bay (RMcM)
22nd Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter still at Mallaig Harbour (NR)
22nd Dec 2020 Velvet Scoter still in Loch Portree on Penifiler side (AS)
22nd Dec 2020 Common Scoter 8 at head of Loch Ainort (NB)
22nd Dec 2020 Great Northern Diver View Image 18 between Ardnish & Lusa, Broadford + 50 Razorbills (RMcM)
22nd Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Uig Bay (ML)
21st Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter at Loch Portree (NB)
21st Dec 2020 Velvet Scoter an adult female at Loch Portree (NB) (see Gallery) - a scarce bird & most of our records are juveniles
21st Dec 2020 Common Crossbill View Image three at Lower Milovaig were well away from suitable habitat & clearly wandering birds (AS) (see Gallery)
20th Dec 2020 Chiffchaff single in garden at Harrapool, Broadford (MB)
20th Dec 2020 Bar-tailed Godwit View Image 17 at Loch Portree and three Greenshank (NB)
20th Dec 2020 Whooper Swan View Image four through Broadford Bay (MB)
19th Dec 2020 Long-eared Owl View Image calling bird at Lochlonghead last night (PS)
19th Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Mallaig Harbour (SMacD)
19th Dec 2020 Purple Sandpiper View Image 26 at roost near West Car Park, Mallaig, + 22 Turnstone (SMacD)
19th Dec 2020 Moorhen juvenile still at Loch Cillchroisd (see Gallery) (RMcM)
18th Dec 2020 Common Scoter 10 on Loch Ainort, three Slavonian Grebes & four Great Northern Divers (NB)
18th Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile south over the pier on Eigg (JC)
18th Dec 2020 Snow Bunting View Image two - single individuals on either side of the Bealach na Ba summit to Applecross (JB)
18th Dec 2020 Whooper Swan View Image adult and five juv at Milton Loch, Applecross (JB) - could this be the same group at Kyle on the 16th?
17th Dec 2020 Lapwing 42 at Drynoch and a single Greenshank (RMcM)
17th Dec 2020 Common Scoter still 8 at the head of Loch Ainort (NB)
17th Dec 2020 Barn Owl View Image fewer reports this winter but single at the Drumfearn junction this morning (PK)
17th Dec 2020 Brambling View Image single at feeders at Portree (LB)
16th Dec 2020 White-tailed Eagle View Image four sub-adults interacting on the east side of Pabay (RMcM)
16th Dec 2020 Whooper Swan View Image single adult & five juveniles on Loch Scalpaidh, Kyle (DM)
15th Dec 2020 Black-headed Bunting Correction - in Skye Birds reference is made to a report at Broadford - this has now been confirmed as 9-14.6.1988 in Janet Donaldson’s garden in Broadford which was in the Highland Bird Report 1988 - now the 1st record for Skye
15th Dec 2020 Common Scoter 8 in Loch Ainort (NB)
15th Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still in Mallaig Harbour (NR) (see Gallery)
14th Dec 2020 Common Scoter 6 in Loch Ainort & four Great Northern Divers (NB)
13th Dec 2020 Moorhen juvenile still at Loch Cillchroisd, Strath (RMcM) - this is the 1st report at this site since 2015 & possibly the last report since Ardmore, Waternish in 2016
13th Dec 2020 Fieldfare View Image c60 in mixed flock with some Redwing at Kilbride, Torrin (RMcM)
13th Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image single juvenile at Uig Bay (ML)
12th Dec 2020 Moorhen visitor still at Loch Cillchriosd (SG)
12th Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image two juveniles still Uig Bay (SG) & one at Loch Poolteil (AS)
12th Dec 2020 Great Northern Diver View Image 6 in Loch Snizort + four Red-throated Divers (SC)
12th Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Mallaig Harbour (SMacD) (see Gallery)
11th Dec 2020 Highland Bird Report 2019 for the 1st time the Highland Bird Report 2019 is available as a downloadable online resource at www.highlandbirds.scot
11th Dec 2020 Turnstone c50 at the head of Loch Slapin (RMcM)
11th Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Mallaig harbour (NR)
11th Dec 2020 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 on Loch Ailort between Alisary & Roshven + two Black-throated Divers (SC)
11th Dec 2020 Moorhen single on Loch Cillchroisd today (C.Baillie) - this is our 1st record on Skye & Lochalsh for several years!
10th Dec 2020 Water Rail visiting garden pond at Elgol for another year (DW)
10th Dec 2020 Whooper Swan View Image 6 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (MC)
9th Dec 2020 Ring-necked Duck drake still in Loch Shiel at Acharacle with Tufted Duck (RMcM) (see Gallery)
9th Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still at Mallaig Harbour (RMcM)
9th Dec 2020 Purple Sandpiper View Image 10 on Mallaig breakwater (SC)
9th Dec 2020 Greenfinch View Image flock of 50 at Lower Breakish (NH)
9th Dec 2020 Snow Bunting View Image single at Malcolm’s Bridge, Rum (SM)
8th Dec 2020 Little Grebe View Image single in Loch Scresort, Rum (AM) - less than annual on Rum
8th Dec 2020 Nuthatch now daily on feeders at The Lodge, Eigg (NB)
7th Dec 2020 Common Scoter five in Loch Ainort (NB)
7th Dec 2020 Velvet Scoter juvenile drake still at Glenelg Bay (RMcM) - this is probably a 1st record for Lochalsh
7th Dec 2020 Slavonian Grebe three in Loch Ainort (NB) & five off Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
7th Dec 2020 Purple Sandpiper View Image six on Ardnish, Broadford & a Jack Snipe (NH)
7th Dec 2020 Great Northern Diver View Image 15 off Ardnish, Broadford (NH)
7th Dec 2020 Black-throated Diver View Image singles at Ardnish, Broadford (NH) & at Lusa, Broadford and Glenelg Bay (RMcM)
7th Dec 2020 Blackcap View Image Male at feeders Tarskavaig, Sleat (JMacD)
6th Dec 2020 Iceland Gull View Image two 2nd winter birds at Uig Bay (SG)
6th Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile still Mallaig Pier (SMacD)
6th Dec 2020 Velvet Scoter drake in Glenelg Bay (PK) (see Gallery)
6th Dec 2020 Cetaceans large count of 27 Harbour Porpoise south through the Sound of Raasay off Loch Portree (NB); 12 Common Dolphin off Neist Point (AS)
6th Dec 2020 Whooper Swan View Image 11 at Loch na Corr, Inverinate - two families of 6 & 5 (DM)
6th Dec 2020 Little Grebe View Image 14 on Loch Mor, Waterstein + 6 Goldeneye & a late Skylark at nearby Neist (AS)
5th Dec 2020 Nuthatch at feeders on Eigg, 3rd time since its 1st appearance in April so possibly resident (NBarnes) (see Gallery)
5th Dec 2020 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image up to three visiting feeders Lochlonghead - 2ff & a m (PS)
3rd Dec 2020 Whooper Swan View Image two south over Broadford (RMcM)
3rd Dec 2020 Chiffchaff single at Kinloch, Rum (SM)
3rd Dec 2020 Common Scoter 5 in Loch Ainort & 3 off Sconser Quarry (NB)
3rd Dec 2020 Slavonian Grebe four in Loch Ainort & 7 Red-throated Divers (NB)
3rd Dec 2020 Ring-necked Duck drake at Loch Sheil, Acharacle, with Tufted Duck - this bird has been returning annually for several years
3rd Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird at Mallaig still (JC,NR)
2nd Dec 2020 Whooper Swan View Image 11 on Loch nan Corr, Inverinate, Lochalsh (DE)
1st Dec 2020 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird again at Mallaig Harbour (JC, NR)

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