Sightings 2014 Print

 

These sightings have been recorded by visitors staying in the cottage or on a guided tour.

 

December Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
27/12/14 11:20 From The Hide Shags [15+], 10 Mins. On the far Skerry, braving the winds

 

November Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
30/11/14 12:00 From The Hide Shags [15+], 10 Mins. On the far Skerry.
19/11/14 14:15 From The Hide Shags [10+], 10 Mins. On the outer Skerry.



Herons [2], 10 Mins. On the middle Skerry.
6/11/14 09:00 Front of Cottage Otter, 10 Mins. Playing in the water in front of the cottage. Lovely!.

 

September Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
26/9/14 15:00 Front of Cottage Otter, A few sec at a time. A bonus to the trip.
23/9/14 15:15 Lighthouse Gallery Otter. 10 Mins. Fishing and swimming near the rocks with the Trig point.
20/9/14 10:50 From The Hide Shags [20+], 5 Mins. On the skerries drying their wings.
Herring Gulls [20+] 5 Mins. On the Skerries

 

August Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
29/8/14 15:10 From the Hide Seals [6], 15 Mins. Relaxing.
15:30 From the Hide Seals [7], 10 Mins. Cool and exciting, by Sid age 6.
23/8/14 06:00 From the Hide Seals [20], 10 Mins. Really were very fat. Bye Eilean Bàn!
21/8/14 10:00 Path Otters [2] 20 Mins. Very peaceful, playing and feeding in the bay.
20/8/14 10:00 From the Cottage Greenfinchs, 2 Mins. They seemed a bit less relaxed.
From the Hide Shags [24], 10 Mins. Resting, drying wings and flying out to hunt.
Seals [25], 30 Mins. They were so lazy and looked like rocks!

Herring gulls [25] 30 Mins. Loads.

Eider Duck? 30 Mins. It kept flapping it's wings. Drying them?
Seal, 10 Mins.It looked too energetic to be a Seal, very long.
Oyster Catcher, 10 Mins. Kept hopping.
Heron, 5 Mins. Peaceful.
19/8/14 10:00 Front of Cottage Greenfinch, 5 Mins. He was very relaxed.
10:30 Steps under Bridge Pine Marten, Seconds. Just caught sight of tail, ran away quickly.
15:30 Front of Cottage Otters [3], 15 Mins. Mother and cubs in the bay in front of the cottage.
18/8/14 14:50 From the Hide Shags [10], 10 Mins. On the far Skerries.
Seals [6], 10 Mins. Hanging on for their lives!
17/8/14 10:00 Front of Cottage Greenfinch, 10 Mins. At first we didn't know what it was, He was not afraid.
13:00 From the Hide Grey Seals, [25] 10Mins+. Roasting on the third rock from the hide window.
Shags [3], 10 Mins.
16/8/14 18:00 Front of Cottage Herons [3], 2 Mins. Their necks are shorter than I imagined.
15/8/14 11:00 From the Hide Seals [13], 10 Mins. Basking on the rocks.
14/8/14 15:30 From the Hide Seals [25], For ever, Basking on the rocks.
18:00 Front of Cottage Grey Herons [3], 10 Mins. Standing on the foreshore to the left of the cottage.
Front of Cottage Bullfinches [2], 1 Min. Fluttering around the path to the Lighthouse.
12/8/14 08:30 Front of Cottage Pine Marten, 1 Min. Walking along the path, then went into the bushes.
08:40 Front of Cottage Pine Marten, 1 Min. Came out of bushes, waited then went back in.

14:45 Front of Cottage Otters [2], 15 Mins. Pair of Otters swimming and diving in the bay below the cottage. Having a fine old time. Visitors delighted.
9/8/14 11:15 From the Hide Oyster Catcher, 5 Mins. Off to the right on the Skerries.
Shags [3], 5 Mins. On the far Skerries.
Seal, 10 Mins. Solitary pup on the middle Skerries.
11:30 Path under Bridge Pine Marten, 30 Secs. Came loping along the path toward me as I was walking under the Skye Bridge, ran back along the path and disappeared before I could take a picture.
2/8/14 05:50 From The Cottage Otter, 10 Mins. Swam from bay on left of cottage to the Lighthouse, dived twice then headed across the Kyle to shore below Red Fox Hill.
1/8/14 ? Lighthouse Path Mink, 1 Min. On the steps by the toolshed, saw me and jumped into the bushes.
1/8/14 07:30 From The Hide Seals [15], 2 Hrs. Slowly sinking as the tide rose. One showing off, jumped out of the water in front of the others.

 

July Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
30/7/14 15:00 Lighthouse Balcony Dolphins [4], 20 Mins. Swimming under the bridge toward Kyleakin.
20/7/14 19:30 From the Hide Seals [10], 20 Mins. Lying on the rocks and jumping into the water.
17/7/14 08:30 From the Hide Seals [2], 5 Mins. Seal pups playing in front of the closest rocks
21:15 From the Skye Bridge Otters [2], 3 Mins. Just saw them casually swimming under the bridge.
12/7/14 10:30 From The Hide Shags [15], 5 Mins. On the far Skerries, drying their wings.


Seals [11], 5 Mins. On the Skerries and also swimming.
11/7/14 15:00 From The Hide Seals [12], 5 Mins. Swimming and relaxing on the rocks. FAB.
7/7/14 19:20 From The Hide Seals [11], 15 Mins. Relaxing on the rocks.

20:30 From The Hide Grey Seals [7], 20 Mins. Swimming and diving on the Skerries.
6/7/14 21:30 From The Hide Heron, 5 Mins. Very agitated by seal, chased seal into sea.

 

June Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
28/6/14 18:00 From the Hide Grey Seals[2], 15 Mins. Swimming in weed by Skerries.
25/6/14 09:45 From the Hide Otter, 1 Min. Swimming & diving by the Skerries.
26/6/14 10:30 Lighthouse Bay Otter, 5 Mins. Swimming & diving in the Lighthouse bay, disappeared when boat sailed past.
24/6/14 10:45 From the Cottage Bullfinches [1M, 1 F], 5 Mins. At the cottage feeder.
23/6/14 10:00 Viewing Platform Otter, 30 Mins. Swimming around the Skerries.
Seals [several], 30 Mins. Basking on the Skerries.
22/6/14 07:15 Lighthouse Wall Otters [2], 30 Mins. Playing in the water, catching and eating fish. Fantastic!
21/6/14 11:00 From the Hide Seals [6], 10 Mnis. Basking on the skerries.
Shags [20], 10 Mins. Drying their wings on the Skerries.
6/6/14 11:00 Right side of Hide Otter, 20 Mins. Swimming R to L along coast by flat part of bridge.

22:00 From the Cottage Otters [3], 30 Mins. Mother & Cubs in the water below the kitchen window, feeding close together.
5/6/14 09:00 Front of Cottage Otter, 10 Mins. Swimming in the second bay.
3/6/14 10:00 From the Cottage Otter, 10 Mins. Out near the red bouy, swimming home.
10:00 From the Hide Otter, 20 Mins. Between the hide and the reefs to the right.
2/6/14 11:30 From the Cottage Otter, 10 Mins. Through the kitchen window, swimming L to R toward bridge.
2/6/14 10:00 From The Hide Otter, 20 Mins. Catching it's breakfast! Brilliant.

 

May Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
29/5/14 14:00 Lighthouse Heron, 30 Mins. Hunting.
24/5/14 09:45 Front of Cottage Otter, 5 Mins. In the bay to the left of the cottage, just as we were leaving.
13/5/14 07:45 Front of Cottage Otters [2], About an hour. Resting & playing in 2nd bay to left of house, saw 1 with a crab, disappearing to eat.
11/5/14 21:00 Near Lighthouse Otter, 10 Secs. Coming from the fresh water pool toward the rocks by the slipway.
11/5/14 21:45 Front of Cottage Otters [2], 1 Min. Entering the water in bay to left of house, otters slipped into the water.
4/5/14 21:30 Near Lighthouse Otters [3], 10 Mins. Swimming then onto rocks, 2 grooming then back in the water.

 

April Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
7/4/14 14:30 From the Hide Seals [4], 10 Mins. On Skerries to the right.
6/4/14 09:10 From the Hide Otters [2], 20 Secs. Female & young.
4/4/14 daily All over Heron, Frequent over past 4 days. Sightings of resident heron.
4/4/14 12:20 From the Hide Otter, 30 Secs. Swam at right of nearest Skerry then dived and surfaced further out.
4/4/14 08:00 Front of Cottage Otter, Brief. Swam from right toward bridge, dived.
11:35 Path to Lighthouse Seal, 4 Mins. Near light buoy then swam very near me.
12:05 From the Hide Seal, 20 Mins. On the Skerries.
3/4/14 19:00 From the Cottage Otter, 3 mins. Swimming toward the bridge from left.
2/4/14 18:20 From the Hide Otters [2], 10 Mins. Both appeared 3 times swimming between the hide and the Skerries.

 

March Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
21/3/14 14:30 From the Hide Dolphins [4], 5 Mins. Between island and Quarry pier.
12/3/14 07:00 From the Cottage Otters [3], 1 Hr. Fishing, cubs playing, disappeared into culvert.
18:00 Viewpoint Sparrow Hawk, Few Secs. Disturbed from tree.
16:15 Right of Hide Otters [3], Few Mins. From right of hide, swam to Skerries.
11/3/14 06:30 Viewpoint Sparrow Hawk, Few Secs. Had caught and was eating a Pidgeon.
07:30 From the Cottage Otters [2], Few Mins. Fishing of the point.
10:00 From right of Hide Otter, 5 Mins. Swimming.
15:30 Outside Cottage White tailed Eagle, Few Secs. Flew over the Cottage.
10/3/14 16:00 Viewpoint Sparrow hawk, 30 Secs.
17:30 From the Hide Shags [50], 10 Mins. On the Skerries.
Oyster Catchers [2], 10 Mins. On the Skerries.
Cerlews [2], Few Mins. On the Skerries.
Seals [6], 10 Mins. On the Skerries.
Otters [3]. Mother & cubs, followed from hide to Lighthouse, fished under bridge until too dark to see.
6/3/14 11:45 From the Hide Seals [4], 15 Mins. Group basking on the Skerries.

 

February Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
6/2/14 17:20 From the Viewpoint Otters [3], 10 Mins. Mother & 2 cubs swimming toward the Skerries.

 

January Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
11/1/14 11:00 From the Hide Shags [30+], 5 Mins. on the far Skerries.
4/1/14 12:20 From the Hide Shags [40+], 5 Mins. on the far Skerries.