Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye

The Skye Birds Species List

For those new to lists of this nature, the species list and scientific names which follow are listed in the Voous sequence. Some of the names may be unfamiliar, but follow the recent recommendations of the British Ornithologists Union which have been adopted by the Scottish Ornithologists Club.  Historical records have been included where there is a reasonable provenance. Otherwise, rarer species have only been included where the record has been published in official reports such as the Atlases, or accepted by the Local Recorder or, in appropriate cases, the Scottish Records Committee.  Three committees oversee rare records.  The Highland Records Committee (HRC) for local rarities; the Scottish Birds Records Committee (SBRC) for scottish rarities (; and the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) for british rarities (  Rarities have been identified in the species list by the use of the appropriate committee initials.  In respect of these rare birds, and others not listed, a full description will be required.  Photographic evidence can also be extremely helpful.

Because Skye has never been a recording area in its own right, and is part of the wider Highland recording area, it is accepted that this 'list' may be incomplete.  We welcome any additions and will update things as we go. As things stand the Skye species list shown below stands at 265, and an effort has also been made to comment on status.

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Species Image Details
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Breeding resident - local distribution and introduced.
Red-throated Diver (Gavia stella) View Image Breeding resident. Occurs on passage and in winter usually in small numbers.
Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica) View Image Has bred. A winter visitor and occurs regularly on passage.
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer) View Image Common winter visitor and passage migrant.
White-billed Diver (Gavia adamsii) Scarce winter visitor. (SBRC)
Little Grebe (Tachybactus ruficollis) View Image Breeding resident. Occurs offshore in winter.
Great-Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) View Image Scarce autumn and winter visitor.
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) Scarce autumn and winter visitor. (HRC)
Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus) Winter visitor in small numbers.
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) Scarce autumn and winter visitor. (HRC)
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) View Image Breeds. Occurs on passage in large numbers.
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) Two records, one historical and one in 2013 - vagrant. (SBRC)
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) View Image Rare passage migrant.
Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) View Image Common spring and autumn migrant. Present offshore throughout summer.
Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) Rare vagrant. (HRC)
European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus) View Image Has bred. Rare passage migrant.
Leach's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) Scarce autumn migrant.
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) View Image Common offshore. Scarce in winter.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) Resident and breeds in small numbers.
European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) View Image Common breeding resident.

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Yellow-browed Warbler

 A bird was found by Neil Bennett and Martin Benson in Broadford on 4.10.2016.  This is a first record for Skye though the record has been ratified by HRC.  Up to two birds remained for a fortnight.  Phil Knott found another bird on his croft in Drumfearn.  Bob McMillan also found two birds at the Point of Sleat.

Lesser Yellowlegs

 A juvenile bird was found in Broadford Bay at Harrapool on 24.10.2018 by David Darrell-Lambert.  It remained in the area for several weeks.  The record has been ratified by BBRC.

Yellow-legged Gull

 An adult was found by Andy Stables on Loch Pooltiel at Lower Milovaig on February 23rd 2019.  It has now been ratified by SBRC and is the first record for Skye and only the third record in Highland.

Cackling Goose

 a single with a flock of Barnacle Geese between Duntulm and Kilmaluag on 7.4.2009 was accepted by BBRC in 2019 - it was under review until that time.  Found by P.Dolton and M.J. Learoyd.

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