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 264, and an effort has also been made to comment on status.

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Species Image Details
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) View Image Breeds. Large numbers occur on spring and autumn passage.
Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) A very rare winter visitor. (BBRC)
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) View Image A regular passage migrant in small numbers.
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) View Image Breeds in small numbers and occurs on passage.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) View Image Breeds in small numbers and occurs on passage.
Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) View Image Very rare passage migrant.
Common Guillemot (Uria aalge) View Image Breeding resident and passage migrant.
Razorbill (Alca torda) View Image Breeding resident and passage migrant.
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) View Image Breeding resident.
Little Auk (Alle alle) Rare but regular winter visitor.
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) View Image Breeding in small numbers on offshore islands.
Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus) Accidental - historical records only. (BBRC)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) View Image Breeding resident.
Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) Breeding resident.
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Breeding resident.
European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) View Image Regular vagrant.
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) View Image Common summer visitor.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) View Image Breeding resident in small numbers.
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) Very rare winter visitor - mostly historical records. (BBRC)
Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) Breeding resident.

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Great White Egret

 A bird was found by Andrew Gouldstone on the Hamara River, Glendale, on 27.9.2016.  Though it was searched for the following day there was no trace.  This is a first for Skye and the record has been ratified by the HRC - fortunately this image was taken.

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.

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