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
Gyr Falcon (Falco rusticolus) A scarce winter visitor. (BBRC)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Breeding resident.
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticu) Breeds in small numbers. More widespread in winter.
Spotted crake (Porzana porzana) Very rare summer visitor. (HRC)
Corncrake (Crex crex) View Image Summer visitor which breeds in small numbers.
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) Breeds in small numbers and rare winter visitor.
Common Coot (Fulica atra) View Image Bred formerly. Rare vagrant.
Common Crane (Grus grus) View Image Rare and accidental passage migrant. (HRC)
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) View Image Common breeding resident, passage migrant and winter visitor.
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) View Image Breeding resident. Also occurs on passage and as a winter visitor.
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) Rare vagrant. Only a single record in May 2014.
Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) View Image Rare passage migrant.
European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) View Image Breeds. Passage migrant. Rare in winter.
American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) An agult with Golden Plover at Sconser on 6.10.2014 is the only Skye record.
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) View Image A regular winter visitor in small numbers.
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) View Image Breeds in small numbers. Occurs as a passage migrant, rare in winter.
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) View Image Regular passage migrant in late summer/autumn.
Sanderling (Calidris alba) View Image Rare passage migrant in late summer/autumn.
Little Stint (Calidris minuta) View Image Very rare passage migrant.
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) Scarce North American 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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