Bird watching in Ardnamurchan

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The variety of birds in Ardnamurchan make it a mecca for birdwatchers of all ages, whether a keen amateur or professional. There are birdwatching trips available at the Nadurra Visitor Centre and most of the accommodation providers in the area will have more information about local bird watching and special seasonal visitors such as the spotted flycatcher and waxwings. Perhaps the most sought after sighting by most visitors is the Golden Eagle, now perhaps also one of the even larger Sea Eagle that have settled on Loch Sunart and the Isle of Mull.

Visitors to Ardnamurchan are able to cruise on Loch Shiel aboard the MV Sileas where this stunning loch offers great opportunities for viewing golden eagles, as well as red and the more rare black throated divers and many other birds and mammals. Loch Sunart offers a different view of birds including the mighty sea eagle which can be viewed aboard Laurenca on her daily trips around the waters of Loch Sunart.

If it's by foot or by car, just head for the hills, or sit by the loch side and you will be rewarded by numerous views of many of our species:

  • Arctic Tern
  • Arctic Warbler
  • Barnacle Goose
  • Black Guillemot
  • Black Headed Gull
  • Black Throated Diver
  • Blackbird
  • Blackcap
  • Black Grouse
  • Blue Tit
  • Bullfinch
  • Buzzard
  • Chaffinch
  • Chiffchaff
  • Coal Tit
  • Collared Dove
  • Common Gull
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Cormorant
  • Corncrake
  • Crossbill
  • Cuckoo
  • Curlew
  • Dipper
  • Dunlin
  • Dunnock
  • Eider Duck
  • Fieldfare
  • Fulmar
  • Gannet
  • Goldcrest
  • Golden Eagle
  • Golden Plover
  • Goldeneye
  • Goldfinch
  • Goosander
  • Goshawk
  • Grasshopper Warbler
  • Great Northern Diver
  • Gt Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Great Black Backed Gull
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Greenfinch
  • Greenshank
  • Grey Heron
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Greylag Goose
  • Guillemot
  • Hen Harrier
  • Herring Gull
  • Hooded Crow
  • House Martin
  • House Sparrow
  • Iceland Gull
  • Jackdaw
  • Kestrel
  • Kingfisher
  • Kittiwake
  • Lapwing
  • Lesser Bl Backed Gull
  • Linnet
  • Little Egret
  • Little Grebe
  • Long Tailed Tit
  • Magpie
  • Mallard
  • Manx Shearwater
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Merlin
  • Mistle Thrush
  • Mute Swan
  • Osprey
  • Oyster Catcher
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pheasant
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Ptarmigan
  • Puffin
  • Raven
  • Razorbill
  • Red Necked Phalarope
  • Red Throated Diver
  • Red Breasted Merganser
  • Red GrouseRed Kite
  • Redpoll
  • Redshank
  • Redstart
  • Ringed Plover
  • Ring Ousel
  • Robin
  • Rock Pipit
  • Rustic Bunting
  • Sand Martin
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Scaup
  • Sea Eagle*
  • Sedge Warbler
  • Shag
  • Shelduck
  • Short Eared Owl
  • Siskin
  • Great Skua
  • Skylark
  • Smew
  • Snipe
  • Snow Bunting
  • Song Thrush
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Starling
  • Stock Dove
  • Stonechat
  • Swallow
  • Swift
  • Tawny Owl
  • Teal
  • Treecreeper
  • Tree Pipit
  • Tufted Duck
  • Turnstone
  • Twite
  • Waxwing
  • Wheatear
  • Whinchat
  • Whitethroat
  • Whooper Swan
  • Widgeon
  • Willow Tit
  • Willow Warbler
  • Woodcock
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Wood Warbler
  • Wren
  • Yellowhammer