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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May

6th

A long-eared owl was photographed in a holiday cottage garden at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop at dusk (Mark Sellwood). This is the first ever confirmed sighting of this species in Glendale.

5th

There was an otter in the garden and under the decking at 8 Upper Milovaig, early morning (Angie Atherton).

2nd


Harbour Porpoise - Neist
May 2021

Minke Whale - Neist
May 2021

The first minke whale of the year, 60+ common dolphins and 8 harbour porpoises were off Neist Point this afternoon.

Four arctic terns and five whimbrels went north at Neist Point in the afternoon. There were five arctic skuas off shore and four bonxies. There were two purple sandpipers and nine turnstones on the point.

1st


Common Dolphins - Neist
May 2021

At least 60 common dolphins came past Neist during the morning in small pods, heading north.

There was a common crane at Loch Suardal (per skye-birds.com).

A common crane was photographed at Loch Suardal (per skye-birds.com).

April

30th

There were four arctic skuas, four bonxies and 18 manx shearwaters off Neist Point in the morning. There is still a whooper swan on Loch Mor. A bonxie was seen eating a kittiwake.

Another wave of wheatears is passing through today, with five leucorhoa types at Lower Milovaig.

28th

A cuckoo was calling at Lephin in the afternoon (Sandra Powell, Alison Stables).

Six whimbrels went north past Neist Point in the afteroon.


Hoopoe - Fiskavaig
April 2021

NOT GLENDALE. This fantastic hoopoe was at nearby Fiskavaig today.

27th

There were four whimbrels on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel, early afternoon.

25th


Otter & Cub - Milovaig
April 2021

There was a female otter with a small cub sleeping on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 7pm.

There was a small pod of common dolphins far out off Neist Point between Canna and Barra in the morning.


Whimbrel - Neist Point
April 2021

There were four whimbrels on the tip of Neist Point all morning.  The first two dark phase arctic skuas of the spring went north up the Minch off Neist.

A cuckoo flew below the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 7pm, heading towards Upper Milovaig.

24th

There were three harbour porpoises out in the Minch off Neist in the morning.


Iceland Gull - Neist Point
April 2021

There was a juvenile Iceland Gull at Neist Point. A total of nine whimbrels went north over Neist Point. The first two swallows of the year were feeding around the lighthouse. The first two twite of the year were at the foot of the steps at Neist.

There was a swallow at Borrodale School at 5pm.

The first cuckoo of the spring was by the Hamara at the top end of Holmisdale (Kathy Lindsley).

23rd

The first siskin, linnet and redpoll were back at Lower Milovaig today.

22nd


Bonxie - Neist
April 2021

Whimbrels - Neist
April 2021

7 whimbrels went north over Neist Point in the afternoon and another 2 whimbrels went south far out over the sea. Hundreds of razorbills and guillemots, plus gannets and common gulls were heading south at Neist. The pair of bonxies are still on their patch. There was a single whooper swan on Loch mor.


Blackcap - Lower Milovaig
April 2021

There was a singing male blackcap in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig. The first common sandpiper of the spring was calling near Meanish at 8:30pm.

21st

There were three harbour porpoises surfacing across the mouth of Loch Pooltiel at 8:15pm.

There was a singing male willow warbler at the Boatshed, Lower Milovaig at 8pm for the first time this year.

20th


Whimbrel - Neist Point
April 2021

Puffin - Neist Point
April 2021

Light passage of whimbrels today at Neist Point, with two singles and a group of four heading north up the Minch and a group of 3 landed by the lighthouse. There was a single puffin feeding close in at Neist Point.

19th

A pair of magpies were visiting a bird table at Upper Colbost (per skye-birds.com).

17th


Bonxie - Neist Point
April 2021

A pair of bonxies were back on their patch at Neist Point today. There was a small group of waders at Neist including 10 turnstones and 1 purple sandpiper.

16th

There were three willow warblers singing at Lephin, for the first time this spring, at 7:30am.

There were two greenshanks on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 5pm.

14th


Otter - Lower Milovaig
April 2021

The otter was fishing off the skerries in Loch Pooltiel, late evening.

The first sand martin of the spring was flying around the house/garden at 2 Lower Milovaig at 8:30am.

There was a tawny owl hooting at Lower Milovaig at 11:10pm.

13th

There was an otter fishing off Meanish at 8pm.


White-Tailed Eagle - Neist
April 2021

Puffins - Neist
April 2021

Hundreds of puffins were heading north at Neist in groups of c. 25 every few minutes. Guillemots and razorbills were heading south in groups of c.50-100, five or six groups at a time spread across the Minch, every few minutes.

Two groups of 14 and 24 whooper swans went north at Neist. There are still 3 whoopers on Loch Mor. There was a single bonxie at Neist. A juvenile white-tailed eagle caused a commotion in the fulmar colony. There were two pairs of eiders in Moonen Bay.

The fulmars are back on the ledges after arriving on February 27th and then disappearing again the next day.

The first willow warbler of the spring was in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig.

12th

There was a flock of 23 linnets in a ploughed field by Orbost House, early afternoon. There was an adult white-tailed eagle over Orbost forest at mid-day. There were two ringed plovers on the beach at Bharcasaig Bay.

A peacock butterfly was seen near Meanish, the first of the year (Kathy Lindsley).

A peacock butterfly was on the path from Orbost to Bharcasaig Bay, early afternoon.

11th


Porpoise - Neist
April 2021

There were at least 12 harbour porpoises far out in the Minch off Neist, with a couple close to shore.


Peregrine - Neist
April 2021

Two bonxies went north past Neist in the morning. A skein of 90 pink-footed geese flew north over Waterstein Head and a 100 went north over Milovaig in the afternoon. There were three whooper swans on Loch Mor. A handful of kittiwakes were back on the ledges but no fulmars and just a few guillemots and razorbills. There was a peregrine falcon perched on a rock at Neist Point.

3rd


Nominate & Greenland Wheatear - Milovaig
April 2021

Greenland Wheatear - Milovaig
April 2021

Nominate Wheatear - Milovaig
April 2021

There were 12 Greenland race, leucorhoa, wheatears and 9 nominate race birds around the Milovaig loop. Notice the striking difference in size and colour between the two males in the same photo and the two females pictured.

2nd

There were 14 wheatears around the Milovaig loop (Alison Stables).

1st

The first wheatears, two males, were back below the bottom road in Upper Milovaig at 7:45am.

March

28th

Two juvenile white-tailed eagles flew east over the top road in Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

27th

There were two adult white-tailed eagles circling and yelping over Neist Car Park, late morning. There were two lesser black-backed gulls at the sheep fank between Upper Milovaig and Waterstein, late morning.

26th

An otter came ashore between the white beach and Meanish at Lower Milovaig at 5:45pm.

Meadow pipits are starting to return, with 22 on the bottom road at Lower Milovaig, early evening.

24th

12 whooper swans flew West over Meanish, late morning (Alison Stables).

21st

17 whooper swans flew north up the Minch off Neist Point, late morning.

16th

There have been exactly 82 mixed grey and harbour seals on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel every afternoon for the last three days.

13th

A pair of peregrines were circling over the bottom road in Upper Milovaig, mid afternoon.

11th

There was a biscuity juvenile Iceland Gull on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 3:30pm.

8th

There was an otter fishing by the pontoon at Meanish, mid afternoon.

2nd

There were a few groups of common dolphins far out off Neist Point at mid-day totalling 20-30 animals. There was a single harbour porpoise close inshore at Neist, early afternoon.

There was a pied wagtail at Neist Point Car Park.

There were six male pied wagtails at Meanish Pier, late afternoon and two great northern plus two red-throated divers on the loch.

1st

There were six harbour porpoises in Moonen Bay.


Whooper Swans - Loch Mor
March 2021

5 whooper swans went north over Neist Point and 18 landed on Loch Mor, late morning. There were 35 skylarks at Neist, compared to 1 on Saturday, with one seen coming in off the sea from the direction of Rum/Canna. All the nesting ledges were deserted again, with just a handful of fulmars remaining.

The first returning lesser black-backed gull was on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

February

28th

There was an otter outside Puffin Cottage, Lower Milovaig, early afternoon (Michael Ryding).

27th


Iceland Gull - Neist Point
February 2021

The first two meadow pipits were back At Neist Point. There was a juvenile Iceland gull at Neist, six gannets off-shore, the fulmars and auks are back on the nesting ledges.

There is still a little grebe regularly feeding between the two slipways at Meanish.

20th


Skylarks - Lower Milovaig
February 2021

Eight skylarks were back at Lower Milovaig this morning, a flock of 7 on the top road and 1 in territory.

19th

There was an adult Iceland gull on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

17th

There first returning skylark of the spring was in the garden at 6 Waterstein (Rhona Smith).

16th


Snow Bunting - Dunvegan
February 2021

There were three snow buntings at the Water Pumping Station on the B884 Glendale road just outside of Dunvegan.

15th

Just one snow bunting was on the B884 between the Ramasaig turning and Upper Milovaig in the morning (Alison Stables).

14th

There are still three snow buntings by the B884 at the entrance tracks to 13 and 12 Upper Milovaig. There was a little grebe off Meanish and a lapwing at Meanish, late morning.

13th

There were 3 snow buntings by the access track to 13 Upper Milovaig at 2:30pm.

9th

An otter walked along the bottom road in Lower Milovaig from No. 2 towards No. 1 at 10:10am.


Snow Bunting - Upper Milovaig
February 2021

Snow Bunting - Upper Milovaig
February 2021

Snow Bunting - Upper Milovaig
February 2021

There were six snow buntings beside the road at 8 Upper Milovaig at 11:30am that flew across to the top road.

8th

The first two lapwings of the spring were at Orbost and there were four golden plovers at Orbost. There was a great northern diver in Bharcasaig Bay.

There was a woodcock walking around on the lawn at 2 Lower Milovaig, mid afternoon.

7th

There was a drake goosander off the white beach at Lower Milovaig at mid-day.

6th


Golden Plover - Neist Point
February 2021

There were nine golden plovers at Neist Point and two at Lephin in the morning.

1st

There was a male reed bunting in the garden at 6 Waterstein, late afternoon (Rhona Smith).

January 2021

31st

There was a juvenile Iceland gull on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel, late morning. There were two juvenile white-tailed eagles by Pooltiel Fish Farm, late morning.

30th


White-Tailed Eagle - Milovaig
January 2021

A 'new' adult white-tailed eagle was photographed in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig this morning. It had the remains of red wing tags. This bird was believed to have been released in Tayside in 2011.

There were two golden plovers at Neist Point. The shags were back on the nesting ledges at Neist today and carrying nesting materials. There was a constant thin stream of common guillemots heading north past Neist Point.

23rd


Juvenile Golden Eagle - Milovaig
January 2021

There were three juvenile golden eagles circling together over Upper Milovaig before heading over to Borrodale at 12:30pm.

22nd

There was a woodcock at Borrodale School at dusk.

20th

There was a woodcock circlng the garden at 1 Lower Milovaig at dusk. The first I have seen this winter.

17th

There was an otter in the road at 1 Lower Milovaig at 5:30pm trying to get into the hen enclosure before heading off below the road.

5th

There were tawny owls hooting at both Lephin and Upper Milovaig in the evening.

4th


White-Tailed Eagle - Neist
January 2021

There were 20-30 common dolphins off Neist Point from Barra up to Benbecula and some came across to the Neist side briefly. There were two harbour porpoises close inshore at Neist.

There was a mixed flock of 50 purple sandpipers and turnstones at Neist Point. There was a single gannet in the Minch off Neist. An adult white-tailed eagle flew south past the tip of Neist Point.

1st

There were six twites in the last sheep fank before Neist at Waterstein.

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