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
Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) Vagrant - historical record. (HRC)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) View Image Scarce passage migrant. (HRC)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) View Image A common breeding resident
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) A scarce vagrant on Skye with a record from Waternish Point on 31.5.2010
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) View Image Scarce passage migrant. (HRC)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) View Image Vagrant - historical record. (BBRC)
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) View Image Bred historically and now successfully re-established as a rare breeding resident.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) a scarce vagrant - single record only near Portree on 30.5.10
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) View Image Bred historically. Wandering birds from the new Highland population occur almost annually.
Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) View Image A scarce vagrant.
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) View Image Breeding resident in small numbers.
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) A scarce vagrant.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) View Image Common breeding resident.
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) View Image Common breeding resident.
Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) A very rare winter visitor. (SBRC)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) View Image Breeding resident.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) View Image Historical breeding status unknown. Wandering birds from the growing Scottish population occur annually.
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) View Image Uncommon breeding resident. Passage migrant.
Merlin (Falco columbarius) View Image Breeding resident in depleting numbers. Mainly summer visitor. Also occurs on passage.
Earasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo) A scarce summer vagrant. (HRC)

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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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