Scotland Bird List

A Systematic list of the bird species observed in Scotland during a week at Dornie in the Scottish Highlands
86 species

Mute Swan – 2 at Loch Linnhe

Whooper Swan – One immature bird at Loch Struadal, Dunvegan

Greylag Goose – Common and present on most Lochs

Canada Goose  – 30+ grazing on pasture beside Loch Lomond

Mallard – Common and present on most Lochs

Eider – First noted at Loch Carron, then at Loch Duich and Loch Long

Common Scoter – Male just outside Tarbet (Lewis) from the CalMac Ferry

Red-breasted Merganser – Pair on Loch Long

Goosander – Pair in flight near  Loch Coir na Aar (Applecross)

Pheasant – One feeding in a field at Luss

Black-throated Diver – Pairs at Fearnbeg (Wester Ross) and Storr Loch

Great Northern Diver  – One adult in Loch Bay from the Stein Inn

Fulmar – Several on The Minch from the CalMac Ferry

Gannet – First seen from Kylerhea in the Sound of Sleat, and present at high tide in various Lochs

Cormorant – Common and present on most Lochs

Shag – Several on The Minch from the CalMac Ferry, especially around Trotternish

Grey Heron – Common and present on most Lochs. Heronry on Loch Duich

GOLDEN EAGLE- Star of the week with eight sightings. Local bird to the east of Dornie seen twice, and then adult and juvenile seen well soaring at Waternish on Skye. Two birds soaring north of Bundalloch, relocated later on a mountain above Glen Elchaig

Sparrowhawk – one mobbing a Buzzard in Waternish Forest

Buzzard – Common and present over most Lochs and Mountains

Kestrel – only one noted, near Glasgow

Oystercatcher  – Common and present on most Lochs

Ringed Plover – At least four on Claigan beach, near the coral

Common Sandpiper – Common and present in good numbers around Loch Long

Kittiwake – Several on The Minch from the CalMac Ferry, especially around Trotternish

Black-headed Gull  – Common and present on most Lochs

Common Gull  – Common and present on most Lochs

Lesser Black-backed Gull – Only one noted, at Waternish (east)

Herring Gull – Common and present on most Lochs

Great Black-backed Gull – Common and present on most Lochs

Guillemot – Only one confirmed on The Minch from the CalMac Ferry,

Razorbill – Loads on The Minch from the CalMac Ferry

Black Guillemot – Several on The Minch from the CalMac Ferry, especially in Uig. Also one in Loch Bay at Stein being attacked by a seal

Puffin – Loads on The Minch from the CalMac Ferry

Feral Pigeon – Common. Rock Doves at Waternish (east)

Woodpigeon – only one seen from the cliff tops at Waternish (east)

Collared Dove – Several pairs around Dornie

Cuckoo – Widespread on all hillsides and moorland. Three together on two occasions.

Swift – Not observed north of Moffat

Great Spotted Woodpecker – One calling in the trees between Dornie and Carr Brae

Skylark – Especially good number son the grass at Claigan near the coral beach

Sand Martin – Small numbers in several rivers. Located a colony of ten pairs at Arnisdale

Swallow – Common in barns around Dornie and on Skye

House Martin – Common in barns around Dornie and on Skye

Tree Pipit – Best views at Kylerhea and by the Storr Lochs

Meadow Pipit – Common and widespread on all moorland and mountains. Hence the Cuckoos.

Rock Pipit – Common and one or two present on most Lochs

Grey Wagtail – Only one noted at Carr Brae

Pied Wagtail – Uncommon. First noted on farmland near Sheena’s Tea Hut in Arnisdale

Wren – Common in  woodland

Dunnock – Common in  woodland

Robin – Common in  woodland

Whinchat – Only one pair noted, at Carr Brae

Stonechat – Widespread on moorland and mountain in small numbers

Wheatear – Widespread on moorland and mountain in small numbers

Blackbird – Common

Song Thrush – Common

Mistle Thrush – At least four birds around Carr Brae

Sedge Warbler – First heard at road bridge near Eilean Donan castle, and in gardens at Dornie. Seen well at Stein

Blackcap – Occasionally in woodland. At Kylerhea and Carr Brae

Garden Warbler – One singing and seen briefly at Carr Brae

Whitethroat – Occasionally on scrub at Carr Brae, Waternish and Applecross

WOOD WARBLER – Other star bird. Superb close range views on a wall at Carr Brae

Chiffchaff – One singing in gardens at Dornie. Otherwise scarce?

Willow Warbler – Common and widespread in all mountain gullys and birch woodland

Goldcrest – First heard in pines at Carr Brae

Long-tailed Tit – Two or three heard only in woodland by the rapids at Killean

Blue Tit – Common

Great Tit – Common

Coal Tit – Often seen in pines at Carr Brae

Jay – Only one noted. Flying across the road at Spean Bridge in the Great Glen

Magpie – Only one noted, on roadside at Dumbarton

Jackdaw – Numerous on fields around Moffat

Carrion Crow – Present from south of Dumbarton

Hooded Crow – Common and present over most Lochs and Mountains

Rook – Numerous on fields around Moffat

RAVEN – Star bird Number 3  – Pairs at least over most Lochs and Mountains. Six together at Carr Brae

Starling – Common

House Sparrow – Common

Chaffinch – Common and widespread

Goldfinch – Only noted around Eilean Donan and Dornie

Siskin – Several pairs singing and showing well Carr Brae and Kylerhea

Linnet – Two by the bay at Dunvegan

Twite  – First seen on farmland at Bundalloch. Also at Dunvegan and Trumpan

Lesser Redpoll – Several pairs singing and showing well Carr Brae

Bullfinch – Pairs showing well at Carr Brae

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