The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye


What's Around?


Juvenile white-tailed eagle

Find out what's around in Glendale, Isle of Skye, with our regularly updated wildlife sighting and nature reports.

If you see any interesting or unusual wildlife in the Glendale area, please or give Andy a call on (01470) 511354.

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March

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Common Dolphins - Lower Milovaig
March 2019

Common Dolphins - Lower Milovaig
March 2019

There was a small pod of 10-12 common dolphins out in the Minch off Lower Milovaig, mid afternoon.

There was a male merlin at Oisgill Bay at dusk.

17th

The yellow-legged gull was on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 1:20pm. There was an adult white-tailed eagle circling below the top road in Lower Milovaig and a juvenile white-tailed eagle flew along the bottom road in Lower Milovaig, early afternoon.

14th

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 4pm.

The first primroses have come into bloom around the Milovaig loop. The first lamb of the spring was at Hamara Parks.

12th


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
March 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
March 2019

The yellow-legged gull landed briefly on the road outside 2 Lower Milovaig and then was relocated beside the road at Upper Milovaig, early afternoon.

The black-throated diver was again feeding off the white-beach at Lower Milovaig, late morning.

11th

The yellow-legged gull was showing well on the white beach at Lower Milovaig from 9am until around 10am when it disappeared. It was later found on Loch Mor at Waterstein, early afternoon (Bob McMillan & Martin Benson).

The first pied wagtail of the spring was back on the white beach at Lower Milovaig and the first gannet inside Loch Pooltiel of the spring was back in the morning..

There were twenty skylarks at the sheep feeders at 6 Waterstein, twenty-five skylarks at Fasach and 7 redwings at Waterstein (RMcM, MB).

10th

There was a flock of seven golden plovers at 6 Waterstein, mid afternoon (Brian Smith).

9th


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
March 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
March 2019

The yellow-legged gull and iceland gull were both showing well this morning on the white beach and skerries at Lower Milovaig.

8th

There was an otter by the pontoon at Meanish, late afternoon (Anne Powell).

7th

The yellow-legged gull and 2cy iceland gull were both togther on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 10:50am (Anne & Graham Powell).

6th

The iceland gull was again on the skerries and white beach at 10:30am (Anne Powell).

5th


Iceland Gull - Lower Milovaig
March 2019

There was a juvenile iceland gull on the white beach at Lower Milovaig from 9am. Joined by a lesser black-backed gull from 10am. There were four lesser black backs on the black beach at Pollosgan, late morning.

The yellow-legged gull landed briefly on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, late morning, before flying off with a herring gull in what appeared to be a courtship/bonding flight. The pair landed briefly at Feriniquarrie but could not be relocated (Andy Stables, Bob McMillan, Neil Bennett).

4th

The yellow-legged gull was showing well on the white beach at Lower Milovaig from mid-day until at least 1:30pm (Andy Stables, Neil & Tricia Hinchcliffe, Lynden Schofield).

There were two peregrines at Lower Milovaig at mid-day (Lynden Schofield).

The first two lesser black-backed gulls of the spring were back at Hamara Parks at 4pm.

3rd


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
March 2019

The yellow-legged gull was back on the white beach at Lower Milovaig from 11am until 12:30 pm and then again at 3:30pm (Andy Stables, Alison Stables, Graham Powell, Anne Powell, Martin Benson).

2nd

There was a black-throated diver off the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 10am.

February

23rd


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
February 2019

A putative adult yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, late afternoon. If accepted this would be the first record of this species for Skye.

19th

There were two adult white-tailed eagles over Meanish, early afternoon.

18th

There were two skylarks over 2 Lower Milovaig at 2pm. A juvenile white-tailed eagle flew from Pooltiel Fish Farm across to the big waterfall, early afternoon.

17th

There was a flock of 24 goldfinches in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

A single skylark was calling at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop, early afternoon.

16th

A WeBS bird count at Loch Mor produced: 14 Little Grebes, 8 Mallard, 12 Goldeneye, 12 Curlew, 1 Redshank and 2 Skylarks (Lynden Schofield).

A skylark was also reported from Lower Milovaig (Brian Smith).

11th

There were two juvenile white-tailed eagles at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop, late morning.

10th


Harbour Porpoise - Neist Point
February 2019

Harbour Porpoise - Neist Point
February 2019

There was a pod of five or six harbour porpoises feeding close to the shore at Neist Point, early afternoon.

Two gannets flew north past Neist Point, together with small groups of razorbills. The first common guillemots, around twelve in total, and the first pair of fulmars were back on the ledges at Neist. There were a few kittiwakes off-shore.

There were ten little grebes and six goldeneye on Loch Mor.

2nd

There were 123 seals, mostly greys with a few harbour, on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at mid-day.


White-Tailed Eagles - Lower Milovaig
February 2019

White-Tailed Eagles - Lower Milovaig
February 2019

Two sub-adult white-tailed eagles were doing a bonding/display flight over Lower Milovaig, mid afterrnoon, before heading over to Upper Fasach.

January 2019

31st

There was a chiffchaff in the play park at Lephin in the morning (Lynden Schofield).


Sub-adult White-Tailed Eagle - Lower Milovaig
January 2019

There were three juvenile and sub-adult white-tailed eagles and six buzzards circling near Meanish, mid afternoon.

28th

There were two pairs of adult white-tailed eagles circling over Moonen Bay, late morning. Just singles of fulmar, razorbill and black guillemot off-shore at Neist Point, with three cormorants still on the cliff and only shags back on the ledges.

There were ten little grebes and six goldeneye on Loch Mor.

27th

Two adult white-tailed eagles flew very low over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 9am and again mid afternoon, circling over the white beach.

23rd

There was a white-tailed eagle soaring high over Upper Milovaig at 2:30pm.

21st

There were two white-tailed eagles low over the Hamara at Feriniquarrie at 8:40am.

20th

There were two white-tailed eagles over Scorr Farm near Scoval at 3:40pm.

19th

A juvenile white-tailed eagle flew south over Loch Pooltiel, late morning. There was a single cormorant on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel, late morning.

There were four cormorants on the cliff at Neist Point. The shags are back on the nesting ledges.

15th

There was an adult white-tailed eagle amongst a flock of gulls that were surface-feeding in the mouth of Loch Pooltiel, near the fish farm, late morning. It headed off towards Upper Milovaig.

14th

An adult golden eagle flew over Upper Milovaig and onwards towards Upper Fasach at mid-day.

7th

The first two returning oystercatchers were back at Meanish today.

1st

There were two juvenile white-tailed eagles at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop and an adult on Dunvegan Head, late morning. There are still a pair of over-wintering stonechats on the top road in Lower Milovaig.

A very happy New Year to all the regular readers of this blog and a warm welcome to new visitors!