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
28th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image three at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (PS)- also signs of early migration north with 13 west over the Sound of Mull (AK)
28th Feb 2021 Wigeon 68 in Balmacara Bay and 81 at Ardelve, Lochalsh (RMcM)
28th Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter long staying female still at Glenelg Bay
28th Feb 2021 Common Scoter 6 at Loch nan Ceall, Arisaig (SMacD)
27th Feb 2021 Pink-footed Goose View Image single with 41 Greylags at Lochlonghead (PS)
27th Feb 2021 Canada Goose View Image two in Broadford Bay (PO-W)
27th Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Neist Point (AS) (see Gallery)
27th Feb 2021 Fulmar back on breeding ledges at Neist Point (AS) (see Gallery)
27th Feb 2021 Water Rail wintering bird showing on camera trap at Ullinish (PS)
27th Feb 2021 Nuthatch calling bird still in territory near Arisaig (SC)
27th Feb 2021 Fieldfare View Image small flock of 20 at Killilan, Lochalsh (PSp)
26th Feb 2021 Red-throated Diver View Image 9 feeding on the Scalpay shore of Loch na Cairidh (RMcM)
26th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image two on Loch Meodal, Sleat (DJ) - possibly early migrants returning to Iceland
25th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image drake still at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
25th Feb 2021 Black-throated Diver View Image single at Ashaig, Broadford + three Slavonian Grebes & 8 Great Northern Divers (RMcM)
25th Feb 2021 Skylark View Image 45 at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
24th Feb 2021 Purple Sandpiper View Image 8 at Kildonan Point, Eigg (JC)
24th Feb 2021 Merlin View Image female in garden at Kilbride Torrin - whilst Anita Jones was replenishing fatballs bird landed on her arm!!
23rd Feb 2021 Water Rail one crossed the main road in Duisdale, Sleat (PK)
23rd Feb 2021 Turnstone good count of 50+ at the head of Loch Carron (JN)
23rd Feb 2021 Lapwing a number of reports recently, all small numbers - 12 at Loch Cillchroisd today (JB), and four at Romesdal, Eyre (AR)
22nd Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 13 at Loch nan Corr, Inverinate (RMcM)
22nd Feb 2021 Skylark View Image flock of 60 returning birds at Kildonan hayfield, Eigg (JC)
21st Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image 1st winter drake still at Ashaig, Broadford (MB)
21st Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter single still at Loch Portree (NB)
21st Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Loch na Corr, Inverinate (DM)
21st Feb 2021 Great Black-backed Gull View Image 157 at Loch Portree + 76 Wigeon & 13 Bar-tailed Godwit (NB)
21st Feb 2021 Nuthatch birds back in established territory near Arisaig (RD)
20th Feb 2021 Skylark View Image good numbers arriving back with 8 at Lower Milovaig (AS) & 4 at Ashaig, Broadford, including territorial singing birds (P&RD)
19th Feb 2021 Blackcap View Image female at feeders at Uig + 9 Long-tailed Tits (ML)
19th Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image two adults - one at Lower Milovaig (AS) and another at Loch Portree (NB)
19th Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter single still in Loch Portree (NB)
19th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 7 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (JB) - with 10 on the Shiel River, Lochalsh yesterday (RMcM)
18th Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image report of three juveniles at the mouth of the Duisdale Burn, Sleat (RC)
18th Feb 2021 Barnacle Goose View Image another single with Greylags - but on Castle Island, Eigg (JC)
17th Feb 2021 Lesser Black-backed Gull View Image first of the spring in Broadford (NB)
17th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image male still on the brackish pool at Ashaig, Broadford + excellent count of 36 Red-breasted Mergansers (NB)
17th Feb 2021 Pink-footed Goose View Image three with Greylags at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
17th Feb 2021 Redwing View Image 26 at Strathcarron (JN)
16th Feb 2021 Brent Goose View Image single battling against the gale at Teangue, Sleat (RMcM)
16th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image three on the Glendale Road near Dunvegan (AS) - lovely images in the Gallery
16th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image male still on the brackish pool at Ashaig + 21 Red-breasted Mergansers (RMcM)
16th Feb 2021 Barnacle Goose View Image single with Greylags at Plockton (JS)
15th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single at Shamhnan Insir, Rum (SM) & three on Heaste Road, Broadford (NB)
14th Feb 2021 Blackcap View Image female at feeders at Uig (ML)
14th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single on the Kylerhea road (NH) & still three at Upper Milovaig (AS)
14th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image still four on open water at Storr Lochs (JJ)
14th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image drake still at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
14th Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter single still at Loch Portree (NB)
14th Feb 2021 Golden Plover 12 at Traigh, Morar (SMacD)
13th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image 6 on Breakish Obbe (NH)
13th Feb 2021 Goosander View Image 8 in Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
13th Feb 2021 Jack Snipe View Image single with a Common Snipe at Harrapool, Broadford (NB) (see Gallery)
13th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image three at Upper Milovaig (AS); separate groups of 3 & 10 on the Heaste Road (NB) (see Gallery)
12th Feb 2021 Water Rail one on a garden fence in Dornie recently (per R.Knight)
12th Feb 2021 Slavonian Grebe 5 off Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
12th Feb 2021 Woodcock three in a garden at Edinbane this morning (JJ) & two yesterday in Elgol garden (IR)
12th Feb 2021 Skylark View Image signs of spring with three in Harrapool, our 1st arrivals (NB)
12th Feb 2021 Jack Snipe View Image a single on Loch Morar with three Common Snipe (SMacD) (see Gallery)
11th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single on Kylerhea road in Glen Arroch (RMcM)
11th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image male still at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
11th Feb 2021 Jack Snipe View Image single in roadside ditch in Torrin and at Loch Cillchroisd (RMcM) (see Gallery)
11th Feb 2021 Firecrest probable in a garden at Lochcarron today (E.McMillan)
11th Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Loch Kishorn again (JN)
11th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image still 7 on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (SCo)
10th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image two in Kilmory Glen, Rum (SM) & 16 on Heaste Road, Broadford (NB)
10th Feb 2021 Jack Snipe View Image single on shore at Duisdale, Sleat + 5 Woodcock (RC)
10th Feb 2021 Barn Owl View Image single found using a nest box at Strathcarron (JN)
10th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image two at the head of Loch Portree (NB) - with most inland lochs frozen birds are being forced to move to estuaries
9th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image 6 at Upper Milovaig, Glendale (AS)(see Gallery); 16 still Glen Shian, Lochailort (SC) & 15 still at Heaste Road, Broadford (NB); three between Achnahinich & Balmacara on forest track (DM)
9th Feb 2021 Reed Bunting View Image four at bird table Kilbride, Torrin (JohnJ)
9th Feb 2021 Whooper Swan View Image five on oper water at Loch Fada, Storr (RMcM) & three on Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (RD)
9th Feb 2021 Purple Sandpiper View Image two at Score Bay, Duntuilm + 8 Golden Plover (RMcM)
9th Feb 2021 White-fronted Goose census count of Greenlands at Kilmuir - 9 birds including a juvenile which is encouraging (RMcM)
9th Feb 2021 Merlin View Image reports at Kilmaluag & Monkstadt (ML)
9th Feb 2021 Hen Harrier View Image ringtail at Kilmuir (ML) and a male & ringtail at Ullinish (DMcG, PS)
9th Feb 2021 Great Spotted Woodpecker View Image lot of reports from south of island, but single at Peinmore, Portree, worth noting (R.Greer)
9th Feb 2021 Woodcock 6 flushed at Borrodale, Arisaig (RD)
8th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single in Kinloch Glen, Rum (SM) & two on the Kylerhea Road in Glen Arroch (RMcM); 12-14 feeding on cattle blocks in Glen Shian, Lochailort (SMacD); single on high point of Achnacloich road, Sleat (NH)
8th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image young male still at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
8th Feb 2021 Lapwing 29 in Broadford Bay harassed by a Peregrine (MB) (see Gallery)
8th Feb 2021 Common Crossbill View Image two in Kyleakin Forest (DB)
7th Feb 2021 Purple Sandpiper View Image three at Lyndale Point (SG)
7th Feb 2021 Kingfisher single at the mouth of Morar River (SMacD)
7th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single near the bealach on the Kylerhea road (RMcM); four at Uileann plantation, Morvern (AK); 7 on croft at Aird, Sleat (F.Jeffrey)
7th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image 1st winter male still at Ashaig, Broadford + a female Common Scoter (RMcM)
7th Feb 2021 Lapwing c20 flew south through Broadford Bay (PO-W)
7th Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter single still Loch Portree (NB)
6th Feb 2021 Common Crossbill View Image 7 beside track in Kyleakin forest (A&EH)
6th Feb 2021 Bottlenose Dolphin injured animal in Uig Bay with rope round its beak - rescue attempts ongoing (SG)
6th Feb 2021 Golden Plover more spring birds with 9 at Neist Point & two at Glendale (AS) (see Gallery)
6th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image still c20 on the Heaste Road & two at Ashaig airstrip, Broadford (MB); it has been noted that the Ashaig female was feeding the young male - perhaps its youngster from last year!
6th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image 1st winter male still at Ashaig, Broadford (MB)
6th Feb 2021 Fieldfare View Image 20 at Killilan, Lochalsh (H&MS)
6th Feb 2021 Heron 21 at Loch Treaslane which flew towards Loch Snizort - roost possibly disturbed (AG)
5th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image now 30 in flock on Heaste Road, Broadford (NB); three at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
5th Feb 2021 Golden Plover 45 at Ardmore, Waternish (SP) & 15 at Ashaig (RMcM)
5th Feb 2021 Nuthatch late report of a bird seen in Inverarish Forest, Raasay in early December (J.Burnett)
5th Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image 1st winter male still on brackish pool at Ashaig (RMcM)
4th Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image still a flock of c20 on the Heaste Road, Broadford + two separate singles (RMcM)
4th Feb 2021 Carrion Crow View Image single with hoodies at Loch Cillchriosd, Strath (RMcM)
4th Feb 2021 Woodcock two flushed in Fairy Glen, Uig (NH) & another at Scorrybreac, Portree (MH)
3rd Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image single still near the bealach on the Kylerhea road (RMcM); 12 at Kilmory, Rum (SM); two at Duirinish, Lochalsh (MBl); 20 on the Heaste Road, Broadford (NB) (A&EH)
3rd Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image single still on the brackish pool at Ashaig, Broadford, with 18 Red-breasted Mergansers (RMcM)
3rd Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile still at Loch Kishorn (NH)
3rd Feb 2021 Woodcock four in evenings on soft ground beside the school hostel at Plockton (MBl)
2nd Feb 2021 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile over Kildonan Bay, Eigg (JC); two at Loch Kishorn, 1st winter and 2nd winter
2nd Feb 2021 Snow Bunting View Image five on the Kylerhea road (NH) and two still on the Heaste road near the viewpoint (AS)
2nd Feb 2021 Velvet Scoter single still in Loch Portree (NB)
2nd Feb 2021 Woodcock dead bird found at Plockton (Jan Storie see Gallery) - several reports of birds in poor condition or dead recently because of cold weather & this one had been predated; 4 live birds seen Dunvegan Wood today (CA)
1st Feb 2021 White-billed Diver distant single again well offshore from Lusa Mouth, Broadford (RMcM, NH)
1st Feb 2021 Long-tailed Duck View Image male again on brackish pool at Ashaig with 23 Red-breasted Mergansers (RMcM, NH)
1st Feb 2021 Golden Plover spring birds moving back despite the weather - 35 on fields at Waternish Farm (SP) & still 18 at Ashaig, Broadford (RMcM)
1st Feb 2021 Glaucous Gull View Image 1st winter bird flew across Broadford Bay (NB)

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