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.

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August

11th


Risso's Dolphin - Neist
August 2020

Risso's Dolphin - Neist
August 2020

Common Dolphin - Neist
August 2020

There was a basking shark at Neist Point at mid-day. A pod of six Risso's dolphins spent from 12pm until at least 5:30pm feeding close into shore at Neist, predominantly in Moonen Bay. There were two pods of 20+ and 12+ common dolphins at Neist during the afternoon. There were several harbour porpoises close to shore at Neist during the afternoon.


Knot - Neist
August 2020

There was a knot at Neist Point in the afternoon. An arctic skua and a bonxie flew south at Neist in the afternoon.

10th


Basking Shark - Neist
August 2020

Basking Shark - Neist
August 2020

A basking shark was delighting the crowds at Neist Point at mid-day. [View the VIDEO here]. A single minke whale went north a way out at Neist Point in the afternoon. There were 12 porpoises out in the Minch off Neist most of the afternoon.

A pale morph arctic skua and two manx shearwaters flew south at Neist in the afternoon. There were no bonxies at Neist today.

9th


Common Dolphins - Neist
August 2020

Common Dolphins - Neist
August 2020

There were 80+ common dolphins in four groups spread up from Minch from Canna to North Uist, as viewed from Neist Point, with a concentrated group of 30+ feeding well inside Moonen Bay, in the afternoon. [Some VIDEO available here]. Pics taken from the crane. Also, 12 harbour porpoises in small groups off Neist Point.

There was a single bonxie at Neist Point and a couple of manx shearwaters out in the Minch in the afternoon. The auks have left the nesting ledges now and largely dispersed.. The fulmars and kittiwakes that remain have large young that are fledging daily and many have already left the ledges.

8th

There was a pod of 20-30 dolphins below Dunvegan Head, which was possibly a mx of Risso's and common dolphins (Kathy Lindsley).

6th


Otter - Lower Milovaig
August 2020

An otter was photographed in a garden on the hill road in Lower Milovaig in the morning (Craig Compton).

There were 100+ house sparrows on/around the bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

2nd

There were two puffins on the water off Neist Point and two bonxies there, early afternoon.

1st


Greenshank - Meanish
August 2020

A greenshank flew west past Meanish at 7:30pm.

July

29th

There were two pods of 12 and 4 common dolphins far out in the Minch off Lower Milovaig from 5:30pm until at least 8pm. There were two harbour porpoises off Pooltiel Fish Farm at 5:30pm.

28th

There were two harbour porpoises close in shore at Neist Point in the afternoon.

21st


Puffin - Neist
July 2020

Greenland Wheatear - Neist
July 2020

Greenland Wheatear - Neist
July 2020

There was a significant passage of manx shearwaters and puffins at Neist Point, with 300+ manxies and 20+ puffins passing south over a three hour period. There was also a wheatear showing characteristics of the Greenland race, leucorhoa.

20th


Manx Shearwater - Neist
July 2020

There were 200+ manx shearwaters off Neist Point in the afternoon, with many heading south but lots in rafts on the water and some quite close to shore. There were four puffins on the water off Neist and two bonxies.

19th


Risso's Dolphins - Pooltiel
July 2020

There was a pod of ~5 Risso's dolphins in Loch Pooltiel at 7:55am (Michael Ryding) that departed past Meanish Pier at 8:45am..

18th

There were two adult black-headed gulls with three young juveniles on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 4:30pm.

17th

There was a report of around 20 (common?) dolphins breaching near the lighthouse at Neist at around 2pm (Sylvia Porter) and a report of 6 or 7 (Risso's?) dolphins (Vicky & Gene Parlane) at 3:30pm.


Whitethroat - Milovaig
July 2020

There was a juvenile common whitethroat in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig at 3:30pm.

There was a pale phase arctic skua and a bonxie at Neist Point (Stu Critchfield).

12th


Orca - Neist
July 2020

Orca - Neist
July 2020

Risso's Dolphins - Neist
July 2020

Orca "John Coe" surfaced several times within yards of the shore at Neist Point at 1:30pm before spending until at least 3pm feeding far out in the Minch off North Uist and Benbecula. A pod of six Risso's dolphins went north past Neist Point at 1:20pm.

10th

There was a roe deer buck running around in the road at Hamara Lodge at 7am. This is the first record for roe deer in Glendale since July 7th, 2013.

Two pairs of white-tailed eagles in Glendale successfully fledged three young between them this season. The last two left the nest today. A pair of peregrines successfully fledged two young this week. A pair of buzzards at Milovaig successfully fledged one young today.

8th

The pod of 5-7 bottlenose dolphins came into Loch Pooltiel again briefly at 8:30pm, close to the pier.

6th


Common Dolphins - Loch Pooltiel
July 2020

Common Dolphins - Loch Pooltiel
July 2020

A pod of around 12 common dolphins came into Loch Pooltiel at around 8:15pm.

2nd


Bottlenose Dolphin - Meanish
July 2020

Bottlenose Dolphin - Meanish
July 2020

A group of 5 to 7 bottlenose dolphins put on a fantastic show in Loch Pooltiel at around 11:15am, breaching several times within 10 metres of the pier on their way out.

1st

There was a brown hare in the road at Hamara Lodge at 11pm. This is the first record for around 10 years in Glendale.

June

30th

Six manx shearwaters flew east across outer Loch Pooltiel, early evening. A juvenile white-tailed eagle flew south along the bottom road through Milovaig, early evening.

27th

Far out in the Minch, off North Uist as viewed from Neist Point, at mid-day were a minke whale, 2 adult & 1 calf harbour porpoises and two separate pods of 8 and 12 common dolphins.


Puffins - Neist
June 2020

Three puffins flew south past Neist Point at mid-day. Eight manx shearwaters flew north past Neist. There were two arctic skuas and a bonxie at Neist.

25th

The pod of six or seven orcas was off Harris, as viewed from Lower Milovaig between 5:30pm and 6pm.

23rd

A pair of lesser black-backed gulls are nesting in the herring gull colony at Neist Point. The first time this species has ever nested at Neist Point. There were two arctic terns attacking seabirds along the cliff north of Neist Point on the Waterstein grazings.

21st

There was a pod of at least 8 common dolphins off Pooltiel Fish Farm, early evening.

20th

There was a single harbour porpoise close to shore at Neist Point at mid-day (Alison Stables).

There were four puffins close inshore at Neist Point at mid-day. Also an arctic skua and bonxie there.

19th

There was a pod of 20-30 common dolphins off North Uist as viewed from the Waterstein grazings at 4:15pm (Sam Bilner).

15th

There was a pod of 6 or 7 orcas (killer whales) off North Uist as viewed from Lower Milovaig at 1pm. They gradually worked their way down the Minch and last seen close to Barra (viewed from Neist Point) at 4pm. The pod had a bull, two females and 3 or 4 calves/juveniles.

14th

There were a pair of harbour porpoises close to shore at Neist Point with a dead calf that the female was repeatedly nudging to try to revive it (Sam Bilner, Alison Stables).

There was a common tern surface feeding in the loch at Skinidin, early afternoon.

A pale phase and two dark phase arctic skuas flew south at Neist Point, early afternoon.

11th

There was a spotted flycatcher in the trees beside the road at Hamara Lodge, early evening.

6th

There were six migrant house martins feeding amongst MacDougal's Spruces, early evening.

3rd

A harbour porpoise came very close to shore at Neist Point, early afternoon.

A juvenile white-tailed eagle raided the fulmar colony on the Stallion's Head at Neist Point at mid-day. The first baby wheatears had fledged today at Neist Point. The summering pair of bonxies were still at Neist Point. There was a single white wagtail at Neist Point.

2nd

There is still a white wagtail coming to spills under the bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

1st


Orca - Neist Point
June 2020

Orca - Neist Point
June 2020

There was a pod of orcas (killer whales) off Neist Point that headed up the Minch at 12:30pm. This was the same pod that we saw on Saturday but they were much closer, which allowed us to see that they were a bull, two females and two small calves. The pod was seen again at 7pm by someone in the Shiant Isles, heading from Staffin across to Gairloch. The bull is thought to be either Hulk (a Scotland-Iceland migrant) or Busta (one of the northern isles orcas).

There were also two harbour porpoises close in to the shore at Neist and another four out in the Minch.

There were two bonxies at Neist Point and an arctic skua flew south past Neist Point, early afternoon.

May

31st

There were two pairs of lapwings at Ramasaig. There was a juvenile white-tailed eagle at Ramasaig. A bonxie flew along the Ramasaig cliff top, across Ramasaig Bay and then on along the Hoe. There was a house martin feeding along the shore at Ramasaig Bay at mid-day.

30th


Orca - Neist Point
May 2020

Bonxie - Neist Point
May 2020

There were three orcas (killer whales) off Neist Point. They were far out in the Minch between South Uist and Canna at 1pm. Worked their way into the sound between Rum and Skye before doubling back around Canna.

There were two bonxies at Neist Point.

There were two house martins collecting mud for a nest on the bottom road in Upper Milovaig all day.

28th

The tree sparrow was still visiting the feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig but was not seen again afterwards.

26th

There was a singing male whitethroat in the garden at Mandallagh Cottage, Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

24th

The first pair of siskins of the spring were on the bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig, early afternoon.

23rd

There was a group of five shelduck circling over Loch Pooltiel at 7pm. The pair of stonechats nesting at Meanish successfully fledged at lest two young.

21st

There was a house martin at Upper Milovaig, early evening.

20th

There was a ringed plover on the grass west of Meanish at dusk.

18th

There were five sand martins feeding at Meanish, early evening. There is still a white wagtail coming for spills from the bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

17th

The first sedge warbler was singing at Lephin, late evening.

16th

There was a 2CY Iceland Gull at Meanish, late morning.

There was a house martin, four sand martins and eight swallows in a small flock of migrant hirundines at Meanish, late evening. A bonxie briefly attacked gulls at Meanish, late evening, before heading out to sea.

A pair of linnets and a pair of stonechats are nesting near Meanish and currently making anxiety calls.

15th

There was a drake eider on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel, early evening. There are still two sand martins feeding around the white beach and 2-4 Lower Milovaig.

12th

There were two sand martins feeding below the bottom road on 4 Lower Milovaig, mid morning. These are the first sand martins we have had this year.

The tree sparrow that re-appeared at the bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig has an injured leg and is unable to put any weight on it. The bird has totally different behaviour to the previous bird. It is less shy and perches openly on the table. It will eat fat balls. The bird that over-wintered was very shy, always perching in one bush and using the same perch at the same seed feeder. It never touched fat balls.

10th


Early Purple Orchid - Milovaig
May 2020

Sadly, Milovaig's last remaining specimen of early purple orchid, which had been coming into bloom over the last few days, was gone today. Only the torn stem remained, suggesting that someone had picked it.

9th

A group of seven brent geese were photographed at the shore at Meanish in the morning (Angie Atherton).

8th

The first baby house sparrows fledged today at 2 Lower Milovaig.

There was a single whimbrel at Meanish at 7:45pm.

7th

There were two singing male grasshopper warblers on 3 & 4 Lephin at 10:30pm.

6th

There were two male tawny owls hooting simultaneously at Lephin at 10:30pm.

5th

The tree sparrow re-appeared at the bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig in the morning for the first time since April 20th.

4th

The grasshopper warbler was reeling again above the Holmisdale road on 3/4 Lephin at 8:30am.

3rd

There was a female whinchat on the top road in Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

2nd

The singing male grasshopper warbler was putting on a good show near the shop on 3 Lephin, mid afternoon.

There were three white wagtails and two Greenland wheatears around the Milovaig loop in the morning.

1st


Whimbrels - Meanish
May 2020

There were five whimbrels at Meanish at 6:15pm. There was a pair of linnets on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig, early evening.

There was a singing male grasshopper warbler on croft 3 Lephin at 10:15pm and the male tawny owl was hooting again at Hamara Parks.

April

30th

There was a male tawny owl hooting at Lephin at 10:15pm.

28th

There was a white wagtail at Meanish and another below the bottom road in Upper Milovaig. There was a white wagtail under the bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig at 2pm.

27th


White Wagtail - Milovaig
April 2020

There was a leucorhoa male wheatear below the top road in Lower Milovaig at mid-day. A white wagtail was taking spills below the bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig, late evening.

25th


Puffins - Meanish
April 2020

There were 30+ puffins in outer Loch Pooltiel and many hundreds of auks flying south down the Minch off Lower Milovaig. A pair of swallows were back at the byre on the top road in Upper Milovaig. The first singing male whitethroat was back in Ron & Glenda's garden at Lower Milovaig.

24th

A swallow, only the 3rd of the spring, was feeding around the spruces at 2 Lower Milovaig, early morning.

There were two puffins and 20+ razorbills off Meanish, early evening.

A cuckoo was calling at Lephin in the afternoon and evening.

22nd

The first cuckoo was heard at Lephin at 8am (Andrea Cross).

There was a swallow at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop in the evening. This is only the 2nd swallow in Glendale so far this spring.

21st

There was a whinchat on the top road in Lower Milovaig that flew over to 13 Upper Milovaig.

There were two common sandpipers on the white beach at Lower Milovaig.

20th

The tree sparrow came to the feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig in the morning but has not been seen since.

19th

A magpie flew south below the bottom road in Lower Milovaig heading towards Upper Milovaig/Borrodale. The first twites were back, with a total of 5 at Upper Milovaig. There was a Greenland-race wheatear on the top road in Lower Milovaig.

18th

The first common sandpiper was calling on the shore west of Meanish, late morning. There was a summer-plumage great northern diver off Meanish, late morning.

In the evening there were two great northern divers at Meanish, one winter and the summer bird plus a single red-throated diver.

17th

There was a female reed bunting in the garden at 6 Waterstein (Brian Smith).

16th

There were three turnstones by the slipway at Meanish, late morning (Alison Stables).

15th

There was a 2nd winter glaucous gull briefly on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 5pm.

The puffin was still in outer Loch Pooltiel off Meanish.

14th

A flock of 25 whooper swans flew north up the Minch off Lower Milovaig, late morning. A flock of 30 unidentified grey geese flew north over Lower Milovaig, late morning.

There was a single puffin off Meanish and two male plus one female red-breased merganser off the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early evening.

13th

There were two juvenile golden eagles high over the seaward end of the Milovaig loop, late morning. There was a great northern diver off Meanish, early evening.

The first two singing male willow warblers were back at Lephin today.

12th

The first two singing male willow warblers were back at the boatshed, Lower Milovaig this morning.


Snow Goose - Waterstein (Rhona Smith)
April 2020

A putative lesser snow goose flew in off the sea at Waterstein, heading towards Loch Mor at around 2:20pm but was not seen again (Rhona Smith). If accepted by the Highland rarities committee this would be only the second ever record for Skye.

11th

There was a drake red-breasted merganser at Meanish, late evening.

9th

There was a 2nd winter Iceland gull at the fish farm early evening.

A flock of 18 golden plovers were circling over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 7pm.

7th

There was a male merlin near Carters' Rest at mid-day.

6th

The first swallow was over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

4th

Two flocks of 25 pink-footed geese went north over Milovaig during the day.

3rd

There was a summer-plumage great northern diver by the fish farm at 7pm.

2nd

There were nine adult, summer-plumage black-headed gulls on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel, late morning.

The tree sparrow is still coming to bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

March

29th


Flock of White-Tailed Eagles - Borrodale
March 2020

There were six immature white-tailed eagles at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop, late morning and then a short time later a flock of eight juv/sub-ad white-tailed eagles was on the Borrodale grazings, near Waterstein/Upper Milovaig road.

There was a flock of 20 icelandic redwings on the top road in Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

28th

Two skeins of 50 and 12 pink-footed geese battled against the wind heading north up the Minch off Lower Milovaig. The first linnet was on the top road in Lower Milovaig. There were four mixed juvenile/sub-adult white-tailed eagles at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop. There was a redpoll in MacDougal's spruces. There were two peregrine falcons over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig. There were two white wagtails on the top road in Lower Milovaig.

27th

There were 8 male and 2 female wheatears around the Milovaig loop (Alison Stables). There was a great northern diver on Loch Pooltiel in the morning (Anne Powell).

26th

There were 7 male and 2 female wheatears around the Milovaig loop (Alison Stables). The first redpolls were back at Milovaig and Lephin.

25th

There was a pod of around eight common dolphins in Loch Pooltiel near the fish farm at mid-day.

The first wheatears were back with two at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop and another below the bottom road in Lower Milovaig.

24th

There were five redshank on the white beach at Lower Milovaig that flew off south, inland.

22nd

20 whooper swans flew north over Lower Milovaig, late morning.

21st


Chiffchaff - Lower Milovaig
March 2020

The first chiffchaff was in spruces by the boatshed at Lower Milovaig, late morning. Another chiffchaff was reported at Holmisdale (Gareth Craft).

There were three pied wagtails taking spills from bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig all day.

20th

There was a single lapwing displaying, a lesser black-backed gull plus three adults and a juvenile white-tailed eagle at Ramasaig.

19th

There were nine whooper swans on the sea, far out in the Minch, off Neist that took off and went north past the point. The fulmars, kittiwakes and razorbills are back on the ledges at Neist for the first time this year. Several gannets off shore there. There were two juvenile white-tailed eagles over Bioda Mor.

18th


White-Tailed Eagle - Milovaig
March 2020

There was a single lesser black-backed gull on the white beach at Lower Milovaig all afternoon.

There was a juvenile white-tailed eagle near the fish farm, late morning.

There were four lesser black-backed gulls roosting at Hamara Parks at 4pm.

10th

There were two pied wagtails by the Community Hall at 8am and still one at Meanish.

9th


Shelducks - Milovaig
March 2020

The first two pied wagtails of the spring were back this morning, with one a Meanish and another on the top road in Lower Milovaig. There were two shelducks on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at mid-day. There was an adult white-tailed eagle on the white beach at Upper Milovaig at 12:30pm.

8th


Redwing - Lower Milovaig
March 2020

The first lesser black-backed gull of the spring was at Hamara Parks at 3:30pm. There was a single skylark on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig. There are small groups of Icelandic redwings passing through on their return journey.

There was a fieldfare on croft 2 Lephin at 8am.

There was a dead smooth newt on the road at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop.

3rd

There was a juvenile white-tailed eagle over Pooltiel Fish Farm, early afternoon.

February

29th


Red-Breasted Merganser - Lower Milovaig
February 2020

A group of three skylarks and the first two meadow pipits were at the seaward end of Lower Milovaig. There was a female red-breasted merganser off the white beach at Lower Milovaig.

There was a drake goosander on the white-beach at Lower Milovaig.

27th

There was a skylark in the garden at 6 Waterstein (Rhona Smith).

25th

There were six skylarks on the Waterstein Grazings. First of the season (Rhona Smith).

23rd


Great Northern Diver - Milovaig
February 2020

There were two great northern divers at Meanish, late afternoon. The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at 10am.

22nd

A peregrine was hunting rock doves on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at mid-day. The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig most of the day. This is now its 365th day here in Glendale. The tree sparrow is still coming to feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

18th

There were two otters fishing off the white beach at Lower Milovaig, late morning, that were bringing their catches ashore to eat.

A white-tailed eagle circled over the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early morning, and then landed for a short while on Beinn Bhuidhe.

17th


Great Northern Diver - Milovaig
February 2020

Great Northern Diver - Milovaig
February 2020

 A 2nd winter Iceland gull flew past Meanish and north over the Minch, early afternoon. There was a great northern diver close to the shore near Meanish in the afternoon. The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early afternoon. The tree sparrow is still coming to feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

1st


White-Tailed Eagle - Milovaig
February 2020

Juvenile White-Tailed Eagle - Milovaig
February 2020

Yellow-Legged & Herring Gulls - Milovaig
February 2020

The yellow-legged gull was on the skerries in the afternoon. The tree sparrow is still visiting bird feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig. Our local adult male white-tailed eagle chased off a juvenile over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig, mid afternoon.

January 2020

27th


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
January 2020

The yellow-legged gull was in a sheep park below the road in Lower Milovaig, mid afternoon.

26th

The yellow-legged gull was on the white-beach and skerries during the morning. The tree sparrow is still coming to feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

14th


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
January 2020

The yellow-legged gull was showing well at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop this morning.

12th

The yellow-legged gull was beside the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 9am and then roosting on the white beach for the rest of the morning. The tree sparrow is still visiting feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

There was a jack snipe caught in headlights on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 5:30pm.

3rd

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early afternoon and the drake goosander is still present.

2nd

There was still a drake goosander off the white beach at Lower Milovaig all day.

1st

There were two drake goosanders off the white-beach at Lower Milovaig in the morning and one there till dusk.

December 2019

31st


Great Northern Diver - Orbost
December 2019

There were two great northern divers at Bharcasaig Bay, Orbost, early afternoon.

The tree sparrow is still coming to feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

25th

There were 20+ common dolphins far out in the Minch off Neist Point at mid-day.


Turnstone - Neist Point
December 2019

At Neist Point today: 16 purple sandpipers and 8 turnstones. A female merlin caught a song thrush.

On Loch Mor: 16 little grebes, 7 goldeneye, 2 goosanders.

There was a tight, mixed flock of 30 fieldfares and 20 redwings at Waterstein.

The yellow-legged gull was showing well on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early afternoon. The tree sparrow is still coming to the feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

22nd

A late gannet went south past Pooltiel Fish Farm, late morning.

15th


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
December 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
December 2019

Tree Sparrow - Lower Milovaig
December 2019

The yellow-legged gull and tree sparrow were both showing well at Lower Milovaig this morning. The first three returning (winter-plumage) black guillemots were back on Loch Pooltiel this morning.

14th

The tree sparrow has now been coming to feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig for five weeks.

There was a juvenile white-tailed eagle over crofts 2 and 3 Lephin, mid-afternoon, that headed over to Upper Fasach.

8th

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at mid-day. The tree sparrow is still coming to feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

November

30th

The tree sparrow has been coming to the feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig for over three weeks now.

26th


Dipper - Loch Mor
November 2019

Little Grebe - Loch Mor.
November 2019

On Loch Mor this morning: 2 dippers, 3 drake goosanders, 10 goldeneye, 12 little grebes, 6 lapwings, 3 redshanks, 1 snipe, 8 mallard.

25th


Fieldfare - Upper Milovaig
November 2019

There was a flock of 10 fieldfares with 6 redwings on the top road in Upper Milovaig. The tree sparrow continues to visit feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

19th


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
November 2019

The yellow-legged gull actually landed on, and took bread from, the bird table at 2 Lower Milovaig before roosting on the skerries the rest of the morning. The tree sparrow is still at 2 Lower Milovaig.

There was a drake goosander off the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 3pm.

18th


Minke Whale - Neist
November 2019

There were a minke whale, two unidentified dolphins and a few harbour porpoises at Neist Point.


Blackcap - Lower Milovaig
November 2019

The female blackcap was again briefly at feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig. Also, tree sparrow still here.

On Loch Mor today: 1 drake goosander, 7 goldeneye and 4 little grebes.

17th


Whooper Swan - Loch Suardal
November 2019

There were three whooper swans and 7 wigeon on Loch Suardal, Dunvegan. There were two red-breasted mergansers and an adult white-tailed eagle at the Coral Beach.

The tree sparrow was still coming to the feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

16th

The yellow-legged gull was back on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel in the morning. The tree sparrow is still coming to feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig. An adult white-tailed eagle flew past Pooltiel Fish Farm towards Oisgill. There was a single grey wagtail on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

14th

The tree sparrow is still coming to the feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

12th

The female blackcap and tree sparrow were still coming to the feeders at 2 Lower Milovaig.

11th


Blackcap - Lower Milovaig
November 2019

Tree Sparrow - Lower Milovaig
November 2019

There are now a female blackcap and a tree sparrow coming to feeders in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig.

10th


Skylark - Lower Milovaig
November 2019

The tree sparrow turned up again at feeders in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig at mid-day and was still there at dusk. There was a great northern diver on Loch Pooltiel. There was a late skylark on the top road in Lower Milovaig. There was a flock of 30 siskins in MacDougal's Spruces at Lower Milovaig. Small influx of robins, with 20-30 feeding around the Milovaig loop.

9th


Tree Sparrow - Lower Milovaig
November 2019

Tree Sparrow - Lower Milovaig
November 2019

A single tree sparrow turned up at bird feeders in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig at 8:30am. This is the first ever autumn record for tree sparrow in Glendale.

There was a white-tailed eagle far out in the Minch off Dunvegan Head, late morning.

5th

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 1:20pm.

There were ten long-tailed tits in the public garden at Orbost. There were two female bullfinches and two mistle thrushes at Bharcasaig Bay. Two whooper swans flew south over Orbost Forest at mid-day.

100 fieldfares flew NW over Lephin at 8am.

4th

There were two waxwings, 100m along the track past Orbost House and 4 long-tailed tits on the track at Orbost (Lynden Schofield).

3rd

There was a group of six harbour porpoises far out in the Minch off Neist Point, late morning.

There was a juvenile white-tailed eagle soaring high over Moonen Bay and Neist Point, late morning.

Two adult white-tailed eagles flew over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig heading towards Feriniquarrie at 2:45pm.

1st

There was a harbour porpoise in Loch Dunvegan opposite Colbost jetty at 4pm (Iain Linsdell).

October

29th

There were six long-tailed tits briefly in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig, moving south at 8am.  This is the first record for long-tailed tit in Milovaig for 11 years.

There was a flock of 20 siskins in the gardens at 1 & 2 Lower Milovaig , early morning.

There was a red-throated diver off the seaward end of the Milovaig loop, late evening.

A flock of 400 fieldfares flew east over the Community Hall, mid morning.

27th

The yellow-legged gull was on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel, mid-morning. An adult white-tailed eagle flew low above the bottom road in Lower Milovaig towards the pier, late morning.

26th

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig until 10am.

25th

There were an adult and 3 cygnet whooper swans on Loch Dunvegan by Kinlochfollart at 5:30pm.

24th

There was a woodcock at Borrodale at dawn.

23rd

There was a woodcock on croft 2 Lephin at dusk.

21st

There were five whooper swans by the Black Beach, Feriniquarrie, at 8am.

A few winter thrushes arriving: 8 redwings at Hamara Lodge at 7:45am. Three mistle thrushes at Lower Milovaig, late morning.

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, late morning.

14th

There was a female/juvenile reed bunting feeding amongst bladder wrack on the inner shore at Meanish, late morning. There was a flock of 30 mixed migrants at Meanish, late morning, comprising goldfinches, twite and linnets. A skylark flew north over Meanish and out over the sea to Harris, late morning.

13th

There was a pod of around 8 common dolphins far out in the Minch off Lower Milovaig, late afternoon.

12th


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August 2019

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August 2019

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Two adult and three juvenile whooper swans came in from the north and landed on Loch Pooltiel, early afternoon.

A group of 29 whooper swans flew south over Lephin at 4:15pm.

There was a juvenile grey wagtail on the lawn at 2 Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

11th

Two barnacle geese flew south off the sea over Lower Milovaig at 11am (Darren Hemsley).


Shag Red AB37 - Meanish
October 2019

A colour-ringed shag (Red Left AB37) was photographed at Meanish today (Gordon McCracken). The bird was ringed at the nest in the Shiants this year.

10th

A skein of around 120 pink-footed geese flew south over Lower Milovaig at 10:45am and there was a redwing on the hill road at Lower Milovaig (Darren Hemsley).

8th

There was an adult white-tailed eagle over the community hall at 3pm (Darren Hemsley).

7th


Lapwing - Lower Milovaig
October 2019

There was a singing male chiffchaff in the garden at 1 Lower Milovaig at 2:30pm. There was a juvenile lapwing below the bottom road on croft 3 Upper Milovaig, mid afternoon. There was a curlew at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop that flew around to the white beach, early afternoon.

6th

A juvenile white-tailed eagle flew west over the Lower Milovaig grazings, late morning (Darren Hemsley).

4th


Otter - Lower Milovaig
October 2019

Otter - Lower Milovaig
October 2019

The otter was putting on a fantastic show at Lower Milovaig in the afternoon.

3rd

There was an otter fishing off the white beach at Lower Milovaig that came ashore at 8am.

2nd


Minke Whale - Neist
October 2019

Minke Whale - Neist
October 2019

There was a minke whale around Neist Point, early afternoon.


Purple Sandpiper - Neist Point
October 2019

There were three purple sandpipers at Neist Point.

September

30th


White-Tailed Eagle - Milovaig
September 2019

A skein of 100+ pink-footed geese flew south over Lower Milovaig, late morning. Our local adult white-tailed eagles were low over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig, late morning, heading towards Pollosgan.

A skein of 60 pink-footed geese went south over Lower Milovaig, mid afernoon and our local white-tailed eagles were circling over Lower Milovaig again, mid afternoon.

29th

There was a peregrine over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig, late morning.

The yellow-legged gull was on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel, late afternoon.

28th

There were 50+ common dolphins far out in the Minch off Lower Milovaig, early evening.


Turnstone - Meanish
September 2019

There was a single turnstone at Meanish, early evening and a red-breasted merganser off the white beach at Lower Milovaig.

27th

There was an otter fishing off the white beach at Lower Milovaig that came ashore at 8am (Alison Stables).

24th


Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

The yellow-legged gull has been showing exceptionally well at Meanish slipway for the last couple of nights around 5pm when the fishermen are gutting fish.

22nd

There was a minke whale close to shore, west of Pooltiel fish farm, together with at least 6 harbour porpoises, late morning.


Common Redstart- Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Treecreeper - Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Reed Bunting - Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

There was a common redstart in the gardens at 1 and 2 Lower Milovaig at mid-day. This is the first record in Glendale since 1986. There was a treecreeper in the garden at 1 Lower Milovaig at mid-day. This is only the second record in Milovaig, the last being 15 years ago. There was a female reed bunting with a flock of 18 twites on the top road in Lower Milovaig, late morning. This is only the third record for Reed Bunting in Milovaig. An unidentified small, yellow warbler was glimpsed briefly on the slope down to the pier, late morning. There was a flock of 25 goldfinches at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop.

The yellow-legged gull put on a great show at Meanish around 6pm, coming for fish guts.

 

17th

There was an adult white-tailed eagle over the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 8:30am.


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
September 2019

The yellow-legged gull was on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 6:45pm.

There were two adult white-tailed eagles perched on Scorr Farm, close to the shed, early evening. Two juvenile white-tailed eagles were over the Minch, off Dunvegan Head, early evening, and flew across the Minch towards Harris.

16th

The yellow-legged gull was roosting on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, late evening.

15th

A skein of 47 pink-footed geese went south over Upper Milovaig at mid-day. There were four grey wagtails: one at Meanish, one at 13 Lower Milovaig and two on the top road in Upper Milovaig.

There was a late wheatear on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig, late evening.

13th

The bonxie that I photographed at Neist Point on August 5th was originally ringed as a nestling on the Shiant Islands on July 15th, 2008, making it 11 years old.

There were two adult white-tailed eagles at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop at 6:30pm.

12th

There was a flock of 25 linnets behind the PO on croft 2 Lephin at 7:50am.

8th

There was a late chiffchaff in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig at 9am.

7th


Common Dolphins - Neist
September 2019

Minke Whale - Neist
September 2019

A pod of 50+ common dolphins went north at Neist Point in the morning and there were two or three minke whales and two harbour porpoises there until at least 2pm.

There was a single black guillemot in Moonen bay. A common guillemot and a single arctic skua went north past Neist Point. All other auks and skuas have gone now. There was a juvenile white-tailed eagle at Neist Point. There was a late leucorhoa wheatear at Neist.

1st

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 10am before flying around towards Pollosgan.

August

31st

There was a female otter with two cubs near Meanish Pier, early evening (Sam Bilner).

30th

There was a merlin on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig, late evening.

29th

There was a late common sandpiper calling on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 9:15pm

27th


American Cliff Swallow - Meanish
August 2019

American Cliff Swallow - Meanish
August 2019

An American Cliff Swallow was at Meanish Pier in the evening. This is the first ever record for Scotland and only the 12th for the UK. The bird was found by Samuel Langlois at 7:40pm and stayed until 8pm.

25th

There was a male common whitethroat in bracken at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop, late morning.

21st

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 6:30pm.

20th

There was a migrant common whitethroat in bracken at Meanish at 5:30pm. There was a curlew on Beinn Bhuidhe, Upper Milovaig at 5pm.

19th

The yellow-legged gull was on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 2:30pm and took off around towards Oisgill/Neist.

18th

There was a juvenile white-tailed eagle over Beinn Bhuidhe, Upper Milovaig at 10:15am that went north over Loch Pooltiel.

12th

There was a flock of 100+ meadow pipits and 3 golden plovers at Waterstein. The shelduck is still on Loch Mor. There were two red-throated divers on Loch Mor.


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
August 2019

Golden Eagles - Glendale Estate
August 2019

The yellow-legged gull re-appeared again on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 5:20pm.

11th


Twite - Lower Milovaig
August 2019

There was a flock of 25 twite on the top road in Lower Milovaig, with another 8 on the top road at Upper Milovaig, 4 on the bottom road in Upper Milovaig and 2 at the seaward end of the loop.

8th

A leatherback turtle was videoed in Moonen Bay, close to Neist Point, today by SeaSkye boat trips.

5th


Minke Whale - Neist
August 2019

There was a minke whale at Neist Point all morning.


Ringed Bonxie - Neist Point
August 2019

Red-Throated Diver - Neist
August 2019

20+ arctic skuas and 8+ bonxies went south past Neist Point in the morning. One of the bonxies had a left, tarsus, yellow leg-ring number B4. There was a red-throated diver on the sea off the point.

4th

There were a dunlin and a late common sandpiper together at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop, late morning.

3rd


Peregrine - Lower Milovaig
August 2019

There were an adult and juvenile peregrine falcon being very vocal over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 5pm. A juvenile white-tailed eagle flew from Upper Milovaig, across Loch Pooltiel and then on towards the Milovaig grazings at 5:40pm.

There were a shelduck, three little grebes and two tufted ducks at Loch Mor (Lynden Schofield).

2nd

There were 10+ harbour porpoises out in the Minch by Pooltiel Fish Farm, early evening.

An adult white-tailed eagle flew over Pooltiel Fish Farm and onto the Lower Milovaig grazings, early evening.

July

31st

There were 7 arctic skuas off Neist Point point and 14 puffins flew north past the point (Lynden Schofield).

30th

There was a pod of c. 20 common dolphins far out in the Minch off Lower Milovaig, late afternoon.

29th

There were around twelve harbour porpoises far out in the Minch off Lower Milovaig in the afternoon.

There were a bonxie and two arctic skuas attacking gulls out in the Minch off Lower Milovaig in the afternoon.

28th

A bonxie flew over land along the seaward end of the Milovaig loop towards Meanish, late morning. There was a grey wagtail on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig and two grey wagtails on the top road in Upper Milovaig. There was a white wagtail with a group of 8 adult and juvenile pied wagtails below the top road in Lower Milovaig, late morning.

There was a ringed plover on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at sunset.

27th

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 2:40pm before heading off towards Meanish and then back again at 4:50pm..

26th

The yellow-legged gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 8:15pm after a 10 day absence.

23rd


Dunlin - Loch Pooltiel
July 2019

A flock of 30 dunlin came in off the sea from the north and flew across Loch Pooltiel at 4:20pm.

21st


Grey Wagtail - Upper Milovaig
July 2019

A grey wagtail was carrying food at a territory in Upper Milovaig.

19th

There was a group of eight redshanks on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 7pm.

17th

The yellow-legged gull was at Meanish in the morning (Seth Gibson).

16th


Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
July 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
July 2019

Incredibly, on the day that the yellow-legged gull at Lower Milovaig was accepted by the SBRC, the bird re-appeared on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early evening. This is the first official record for Skye and the third for Highland.

14th

There were at least 12 harbour porpoises in three groups a long way out in the Minch off Neist Point.


Puffin - Neist Point
July 2019

Arctic Skua - Neist Point
July 2019

Great Northern Diver - Neist Point
July 2019

Ten puffins flew south past Neist Point and there were 6+ bonxies and 12+ arctic skuas out in the Minch off Neist. A great northern diver flew north past Neist Point.

Herring gulls were fledging today at Neist and there were lots of very tame fledglings wandering around beside the path near the herring gull colony.

7th

There were three harbour porpoises close in around Neist Point all day, with several more further out in the Minch off Rum. There was a minke whale off Neist Point, out in the Minch towards Rum.

The Iceland gull has been been absent since the 1st.

There were four arctic skuas and two bonxies at Neist Point.

6th

There were a minke whale, 10 common dolphins and a harbour porpoise in the Minch off Lower Milovaig at 5:50pm.

2nd

There were two adult, summer-plumage black-headed gulls on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, mid afternoon.

1st


Iceland Gull - Lower Milovaig
July 2019

White Wagtail - Upper Milovaig
July 2019

The Iceland gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early morning and early evening. It now seems to have fully recovered from its head injury.

There was a white wagtail on the top road in Upper Milovaig, late afternoon.

June

29th

The Iceland gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 7:45am and throughout the day.

28th


Harbour Porpoises - Neist Point
June 2019

Harbour Porpoises - Neist Point
June 2019

There were four harbour porpoises at Neist Point from 10am until at least 1pm.

There was a pod of around 20 common dolphins in Loch Pooltiel as far as Meanish Pier for half an hour, mid afternoon (Angela Dickinson).

There was a late cuckoo calling at Lower Milovaig and another was photographed on telegraph wires at Borreraig (AS, Debbie Dean).

The Iceland gull was back on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 6pm after a two-day absence.

27th


Lapwing - Ramasaig
June 2019

White-Tailed Eagle - Borrodale
June 2019

There was a pair of lapwings showing agitated behaviour at Ramasaig and a mixed flock of 11 adult/juvenile golden plovers.

There were an adult and juvenile white-tailed eagle over the Ramasaig Road on the Borrodale grazings at mid-day.

25th

The Iceland gull was back on the white beach at 9:20am.

24th

There was a pod of 30-40 common dolphins in Moonen Bay off Ramasaig in the morning (Brian Smith).

There was no sign of the Iceland gull today.


Elephant Hawkmoth - Lower Milovaig
June 2019

An elephant hawkmoth was trapped last night at Lower Milovaig (Alison Stables). The first known record of this species in Milovaig and only the 38th ever for Skye.

23rd


Minke Whale - Neist
June 2019

There was a minke whale at Neist Point, mid afternoon, and a pod of four harbour porpoises there throughout the day.

Four puffins flew south past Neist Point in singles during the day. There were two bonxies and four arctic skuas there all day.

The Iceland gull was still on the white beach at Lower Milovaig in the morning.

22nd

The Iceland gull is still present around the white beach and adjacent sheep parks at Milovaig.

19th

There were three stonechat fledglings and a famly of four baby common sandpipers at Meanish. The Iceland gull is still spending most of each day on the white beach.

17th

Iceland gull spent the whole day again on the white beach at Lower Milovaig and adjacent parks.

16th

The iceland gull was roosting on the white beach at Lower Milovaig from dawn till dusk, with a few forays onto the adjacent sheep parks.

15th


Iceland Gull - Lower Milovaig
June 2019

Iceland Gull - Lower Milovaig
June 2019

The 3CY Iceland gull is still around and was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 8am and then walking around the sheep parks al Lower Milovaig and Upper Milovaig in the late afternoon. The bird has a head injury.

11th

The sub-adult Iceland Gull was again at the white beach at Lower Milovaig before heading towards Pollosgan at 7am.

10th


Linnet - Upper Milovaig
June 2019

There was a singing male linnet on the top road in Upper Milovaig at mid-day and a pair of twites on the top road in Lower Milovaig. Linnets have been very scarce this summer..

9th


Iceland Gull - Lower Milovaig
June 2019

There was an exceptionally late near-adult Iceland Gull on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at mid-day and again at 5:30pm.

8th

There was a harbour porpoise close to shore at Neist Point, late morning.


Great Northern Diver, Neist
June 2019

Bonxie, Neist
June 2019

There were 8 arctic skuas off Neist Point today being very active in attacking kittiwakes. There were two bonxies at Neist point. There was a juvenile great northern diver at Neist Point.

4th

An adult white-tailed eagle was circling low over the Hamara river at Lephin at 4pm.

3rd

Scarce this summer, there were two linnets in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig, mid afternoon.

1st


Orca - Neist Point - ©David Holmes
June 2019

An orca (killer whale), probably Aquarius, was photographed at Neist Point just before sunset (David Holmes). This may be the same individual that was reported from Kilt Rock Observation Point on Friday by Sylvia Porter. There were four off Kilt Rock OP yesterday including John Coe and Aquarius, again Sylvia Porter.

May

28th

There was a minke whale off Neist Point, early afternoon (visitor report).

27th

There was a singing male whitethroat in the garden of Mandallagh cottage, Lower Milovaig, late morning.

There was a minke whale off Neist Point at mid-day (visitor report).

21st


Orca - Lower Milovaig ©Astrid Van Eybergen
May 2019

There were two orcas (killer whales), including bull 'John Coe', initially off Lower Milovaig and then working their way around to Oisgill Bay from 6:15am until 7:45am (Astrid & Frank van Eybergen).

There was a white wagtail below the road on croft 4 Lower Milovaig, late afternoon. A peregrine flew over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig and on to Beinn Bhuidhe at 7:30pm.

19th

There were a minke whale, 12+ common dolphins and a harbour porpoise in the Minch off Lower Milovaig, late morning.


Male Stonechat - Lower Milovaig
May 2019

There was a singing male whitethroat in Ron & Glenda's garden at Lower Milovaig, late morning. There was a house martin at MacDougal's Spruces. A group of six twites flew overhead at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop and there was a singing male twite on the bottom road in Upper Milovaig.

16th

The first baby house sparrows fledged today at Lower Milovaig (Alison Stables).

The first midges of the season were biting at Lephin, early morning.

15th

There was a singing male whitethroat above the road on croft 2 Lephin, early morning.

There was a harbour porpoise in the Minch off Pooltiel Fish Farm, early evening.

13th

There were four house martins in a small mixed flock of  migrant hirundines feeding around MacDougal's Spruces at Lower Milovaig, late morning.

12th


Minke Whale - Neist
May 2019

Minke Whale - Neist
May 2019

There was a minke whale in Moonen Bay at 11am and then feeding around Neist Point until at least 1pm.


Bonxie - Neist Point.
May 2019

Bonxie - Neist Point.
May 2019

There were five bonxies and an arctic skua at Neist Point. Our breeding pair of bonxies were back on their patch today.

11th

There was a great northern diver in Loch Dunvegan at Colbost that headed off towards the Minch (Jeni Neale).

7th

There was a singing male whinchat above the road on croft 2 Lephin at 7:15am.

6th

On the walk from Orbost Farm through the first section of forest there were: 1 singing male whitethroat, 2 singing male blackcaps, 1 singing male chiffchaff, cuckoo and an adult white-tailed eagle.

5th

There was a singing male twite on the bottom road in Upper Milovaig, late morning.

April

29th

Small influx of woodpigeons overnight, with three at Hamara Lodge and two at Lower Milovaig. The Milovaig birds flew off north across the Minch.

28th


Harbour Porpoise - Neist Point
April 2019

There were three harbour porpoises putting on a good show at Neist Point, early afternoon.


Arctic Skua - Neist Point
April 2019

There was an arctic skua and a bonxie at Neist Point. There were two puffins off-shore.

27th

There was a singing male chiffchaff, the first this spring, in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig, early morning. There were three twites on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig and two white wagtails at Meanish, late afternoon.


Early Purple Orchid - Lower Milovaig
April 2019

The first early purple orchid was in bloom at Lower Milovaig.

26th

The first cuckoo was back and calling at Lephin, early evening.

A black-headed yellow wagtail was photographed at Trumpan, Waternish (per skye-birds.com).

22nd


Twite - Ramasaig
April 2019

There was a constant stream of migrants coming in off the sea from the north-west (North Uist or Harris?) at Ramasaig throughout the day. They were mostly meadow pipits in groups of 5 to 10 arriving every few minutes. There were several swallows and sand martins amongst them. There were several greenland-race wheatears, three white-wagtails and a juvenile ringed plover at Ramasaig Bay. There was a pair of teal, two great northern divers and several manx shearwaters off-shore. There were seven twite at Ramasaig Farm and two more at Borrodale. A skein of 120 pink-footed geese flew North past Ramasaig.

There were 15 ringed plovers at the mouth of the river Hamara at mid-day (Lynden Schofield).

There were 12 ringed plovers on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 7pm.

A four-hour seawatch at Neist Point produced 98 golden plovers flying south, 140 pink footed geese north, 683 puffins north and 125 manx shearwaters with small numbers of passerines flying south including skylark, meadow pipits, hirundines and goldfinches (per skye-birds.com).

21st

There were two swallows at Feriniquarrie and a greenshank at the head of Loch Pooltiel (Lynden Schofield).

20th


White Wagtail - Meanish
April 2019

Ringed Plover - Meanish
April 2019

Early evening: A pair of red-breasted mergansers off the white beach, a greenshank on the white beach, three great northern divers off Meanish, a common sandpiper at Meanish, 7 ringed plovers at Meanish, two white wagtails at Meanish and a redshank at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop.

19th

There were two swallows and a linnet feeding around Neist Point Lighthouse, mid morning. Swallows are still scarce, these being only the 2nd and 3rd birds of the spring.

A magpie was seen again at Waterstein, late afternoon (Brian Smith).

18th

There was a greenshank on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early evening.

16th

There was a stunning male merlin sitting on a fence post on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 9:15am.

15th

There was a merlin hunting along the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 2pm.

14th

There was another linnet back at Upper Milovaig, late morning.

13th

The first two returning linnets of the spring were at Lephin, mid afternoon.

12th

The first common sandpiper of the spring was at the black beach in the afternoon (Alison Stables).

The first swallow was feeding over the willows between the roads at Lephin, late evening. There was a singing male willow warbler at Lephin in the morning.

11th


Great Northern Diver, Meanish
April 2019

Great Northern Diver, Meanish
April 2019

There was a stunning summer-plumage great northern diver off Meanish, late evening.

The first redpoll was back at Lephin, early morning, and the first singing male willow warbler was back in MacDougal's Spruces, Lower Milovaig, early evening. A greenshank flew NW over Meanish and out over the sea towards North Uist.

9th

The first two sand martins of the year were at the mouth of the Hamara river, early morning (Lynden Schofield).


Great Northern Divers
April 2019

There were four great northern divers off Meanish and a single merlin on the bottom road in Lower Milovaig, late afternoon.

8th


White-Tailed Eagle - Neist Point
April 2019

White-Tailed Eagles - Neist
April 2019

There were eight white-tailed eagles together at Neist Point this afternoon putting on a fantastic aerial display of tumbling and diving. Two even locked talons and dropped from a great height, breaking apart just moments before they would have crashed into the sea.

5th

The first twite of the year was back under bird feeders at Feriniquarrie in the morning (Lynden Schofield).

There was a magpie in the garden at 5 Waterstein that took off towards Waterstein Head at 1:25pm (Will Mann).

4th

There was a hen harrier photographed on a fence post in her garden at Skinidin (Jeni Neale).

1st


Whooper Swans - Loch Pooltiel
April 2019

A group of 37 whooper swans landed on Loch Pooltiel, off Meanish, at mid-day and stayed the afternoon. There was a single white wagtail at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop.

March

31st

The yellow-legged gull re-appeared and was sitting on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 12:45pm.

There was a big influx of wheatears, with 37 counted around the Milovaig loop including several females.

There were sixty redwings at Lower Milovaig in three groups. There was a sub-adult white-tailed eagle soaring high at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop, late morning.

28th

There were three adult black-headed gulls on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, the first returnees of the spring (Alison Stables).

25th

The first wheatear was back, a male, below the bottom road in Upper Milovaig at 8am.


Wheatear - Neist Point
March 2019

Purple Sandpiper - Neist Point
March 2019

Another male wheatear was at Neist Point. There were eight purple sandpipers at Neist Point and 50+ meadow pipits. Ten meadow pipits were observed flying out over the sea from Neist to North Uist.

There was a significant passage of birds heading north past Neist Point including: several hundred razorbills, 100 gannets, 40 + 33 whooper swans, 29 white-fronted geese and a white-tailed eagle.

There was a significant influx of pied wagtails, with several at each of Neist, Waterstein and Milovaig.

There were 13 goldeneye, displaying, 3 little grebes and 2 redshank at Loch Mor (Lynden Schofield). A group of 85 whooper swans flew along the Hamara and out to sea over Loch Pooltiel (Lynden Schofield).

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There was a flock of 20 meadow pipits at Lephin, late afternoon. The first sizeable arrival of returning birds this spring.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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).

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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.

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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).

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

February

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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.

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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).

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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The first two returning oystercatchers were back at Meanish today.

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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.

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