Broadford Bay (NG650250), can be watched from numerous points including the New and Old Pier, and the Co-op Car Park. From this route there is a beautiful walk to Coille Dalavil which starts at NG622068 - well worth the effort. A factor in this success is the level of human disturbance to nest sites, and it is absolutely critical to avoid any disturbance during the breeding season which lasts from March through until August. Greenshank breed extensively in the valleys and Red-throated Divers on some of the lochans. If the weather is inclement the Aros Centre provides refreshments for body and soul, as well as an RSPB Sea Eagle display and cctv link to a nest site. Use the car as a hide. Sleat, the long peninsula which stretches from Kinloch to Armadale, and eventually on to the Point of Sleat, enjoys a relatively sheltered position from which derives its reputation as the ‘garden of Skye’. Located at Ellishadder (NG505650), this roadside loch just south of Staffin provides excellent feeding for diving ducks. This is a stark landscape and it is difficult to see how much wildlife can survive. Northerly winds are preferable and huge numbers of Grey Phalarope were recorded here in October 2008. One of the few areas on Skye where there are resident Great Spotted Woodpeckers. I have found it best during late summer and autumn but it would benefit from more regular watching. Unfortunately however, egg collecting, a real threat in Victorian times, remains a genuine problem. The project was initially managed through the  RSPB, and  involved attaching colour wing tags to birds but this practice has now ceased and colour rings are now fitted. It will be worth checking any area which provides cover, such as the nearby gardens at Waterstein. This  gives an indication of the low breeding success of the species. 4. On the West of Skye, at the foot of the Black Cuillins in Glenbrittle, can be … Access to the point is reached by a steep path which descends from a gap to the west of Meall Tuath (NG411763). The scenery of Skye is unrivalled  in the UK. There is a public car park (NG133478) at the end of the unclassified road which goes to the west from Glendale. With a landmass covering 535 square miles, at no point more than 5 miles from the sea and lochs penetrating deep inland towards a huge and spectacular mountain mass, Skye allows you to experience a whole range of species in an unsurpassed setting. 3. It is a superb spot for watching Gannets which feed close inshore. The unclassified road at NG543268 also provides various vantage points to overlook the mudflats at the west end of the loch. Classic mountain and seascapes provide the backcloth for soaring Eagles. Wildfowl include Wigeon, Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser. A Golden Eagle is near the top of any bird watchers list. Ashaig (NG688244), is easily accessed and there is ample parking near the cemetery. Their studies have found that although the population is fairly stable, annual breeding success was around .50 young per breeding pair but is currently showing a slow decline. Animal spotting makes a great outdoor activity with toddlers on Skye – as well as sheep, young animal and bird-enthusiasts will love trying to spy highland cattle, Golden Eagles and cows. Golden Plover are scarce but listen for them on Am Mam or neighbouring hills. It has taken over a century to reverse some of the imbalances created at the time and although vestiges of the ignorance, killing culture, and illegal persecution remain, we are fortunate that on the Island of Skye, few sporting estates remain, and the bad practices associated with them have largely disappeared. We regularly receive reports from MV Brigadoon out of Portree, from MV Shearwater out of Arisaig and from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin cruises out of Gairloch. Spring or winter, rain or shine, explore Skye’s unspoilt wilderness and wildlife; see Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, Otters, Seals, Porpoise and Red Deer. Because twins are now rare on Skye, birds no longer go to the project. 1. Reading historical accounts of the Golden Eagle on Skye is pretty depressing and that it survived as a breeding resident is nothing short of miraculous. A salutary reminder of why we should all be extremely discreet about nest site locations so that information does not fall into the wrong hands . Though there is a breeding colony of Shag and Black Guillemot, the area comes into its own during stormy weather as a seawatching point. The area contains some mature hardwood stands and much of the modern forestry planting will eventually be replaced by hardwoods as part of a larger millennium forest project. The ornithology of the island was well documented over a century ago and would benefit from regular recording. Access to the lochside is also possible further west at Kilmarie (NG565170) from where it is possible to walk westwards along a coastal path to Drinan and Glasnakille. With its wild uplands and coastline, Skye in particular is a stronghold for eagles of both species with around 30 pairs of golden eagles and around a dozen pairs of white-tailed eagles. http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/anaird.shtml. An Isle of Skye bolthole where Mellow Yellow pop star Donavan hosted George Harrison and Pattie Boyd is up for sale at £435,000. However, in favourable conditions in late spring, Scaup, Shoveler, and Brent Geese have dropped in. We recommend MV Brigadoon as the most bird-friendly trip. The area lies to the north of the A87(T) public road, the main throughway from the Skye Bridge to Portree. The Tarskavaig – Ord loop road (start at either NG650062 or NG673104) This unclassified road is a spectacular drive in itself with wonderful view of the Cuillins. As this walk features in many of the excellent walking guides to Skye, it is suggested you consult one of these in the first instance. During your trip you will experience one of Scotland's premier wildlife attractions, the sea eagle along with other various sea birds, seals, porpoise, dolphins and whales. Consequently a collaborative project commenced in 2000 between Scotland and Ireland, 'The Irish Golden Eagle Reintroduction Project' which removes a small number of these surplus but at risk birds from their Scottish eyries, for eventual release in the wild to re-establish a breeding population in the mountains of the west of Ireland. Getting Around The Isle of Skye. With a wing span of up to 8 foot they are one of the largest birds of prey in Briton. Over the years it has picked up a number of scarce wildfowl including Garganey and Green Winged Teal, so check everything thoroughly. White-tailed Eagle are also established on the coastal fringes. See also http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/anaird.shtml. Moorhen and Coot, extremely rare on Skye, formerly bred here and both have been seen again in recent years. Loch Slapin (NG565220). Little Grebe are often on the dubh loch beside the car park as well as on the main loch. This interesting peninsula, a classic example of a tombola, is easily accessible from Gedintailor, Braes at NG525350. The bay is a good spot for Turnstone and Ringed Plover as well as other waders such as Dunlin which enjoy brief stopovers. Answer 1 of 6: I'm looking to visit the Isle of Skye after being told by many people that they have regular visitors of Golden Eagles and White Tailed Sea Eagles. The River Drynoch enters Loch Harport at NG406314, creating a small estuarine habitat with some saltmarsh. Red-throated Divers breed on several of the hill lochs. A good location for diving duck including Tufted and Pochard, as well as Goldeneye. About the Isle of Skye. Goosander occur regularly. Not only were the birds shot and poisoned, but those which did manage to breed were receiving the unrelenting attention of egg collectors. Though the intertidal zone is not extensive, it probably provides some of the best feeding grounds along the north west seaboard, hence it is a favoured stopover point during spring and autumn migration. There is a small wintering population of Slavonian Grebes and it is often possible to see three Diver species, with up to 25 Great Northerns. It is worth watching all year round and Greenshank, Turnstone and Ringed Plover can usually be seen. The entrance to the Bay can be viewed from an attractive public path which commences near the entrance to the Cuillin Hills Hotel at NG490438. 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