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Scotland May 2007 Trip List


Birds


Great Northern Diver:
On the sea and coastal lochs in Ardnamurchan and on Mull
Black Throated Diver:
2 on Lochindorb and 1 over the Kilchoan ferry
Red Throated Diver:
A pair in the Sound of Mull from Ormsaigbeg campsite
Little Grebe:
A single bird on Lochindorb
Fulmar:
Viewed from Ardnamurchan Point and on the Whale Watching Trip
Manx Shearwater:
Good numbers of birds from the Sound of Mull, Ardnamurchan Point and on the Whale Watching Trip
Balearic Shearwater:
A single bird over the Sound of Mull in squally weather
Gannet:
Common over the sea
Shag:
Common around the coast
Cormorant:
Seen at Ardnamurchan Point
Grey Heron:
Common throughout
Mute Swan:
A pair near Salen on Mull
Greylag Goose:
Common in Ardnamurchan and on Mull
Shelduck:
Seen at a few coastal locations
Mallard:
Common throughout
Wigeon:
Several on Loch Garten and Lochindorb
Teal:
Pairs on Loch Garten and near Dervaig on Mull
Tufted Duck:
Several birds on Loch Garten
Eider:
The majority of birds were seen around the coast of Mull
Goldeneye:
Several pairs on Loch Garten
Goosander:
Single female bird on Loch Morlich
Red Breated Merganser:
Often seen in pairs on sea lochs
Osprey:
Only from the RSPB hide at Loch Garten
White Tailed Sea Eagle:
Several birds on Mull, mainly at nest sites
Golden Eagle:
A pair over Forest Lodge and a pair at a nest site on Mull
Goshawk:
Male bird over Forest Lodge
Buzzard:
Common throughout in small numbers
Hen Harrier:
A single male near Loch Beg on Mull
Peregrine:
Single bird at Ardnamurchan Point
Merlin:
Single bird over moorland in the highlands of Ardnamurchan
Kestrel:
Seen on several days at various sites
Red Grouse:
Small numbers round Lochindorb
Black Grouse:
Viewed lekking on Tulloch Moor and in the woods at Forest Lodge on a couple of occasions
Capercaillie:
Two males viewed from the RSPB hide near Loch Garten early in the morning, one male flying at close quarters at Forest Lodge and a female by the roadside near Forest Lodge on two separate occasions
Red Legged Partridge:
On farmland in the Spey Valley
Pheasant:
Fairly common throughout
Corncrake:
Many heard on Iona (up to 8 birds) and one seen extremely well in a garden on Iona
Coot:
Small numbers on lochs in the Spey Valley
Oystercatcher:
Very common on rocky coastal areas
Ringed Plover:
On mud near Kilchoan in Ardnamurchan
Golden Plover:
Several birds along the shore of Loch Na Keal
Turnstone:
A bird on Iona
Lapwing:
Fairly common throughout
Dunlin:
Seen at several coastal sites
Redshank:
Small numbers at coastal sites
Common Sandpiper:
Very common around the coast
Curlew:
Common, mainly coastal
Whimbrel:
A single bird along the shore of Loch Scridain
Snipe:
A single calling bird on the moors on the northern coast of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula
Great Skua:
Single birds from the lighthouse and from the Whale Watching Trip
Arctic Skua:
Low numbers of birds from the lighthouse and from the Whale Watching Trip
Pomarine Skua:
Two birds at the lighthouse and singles over the Sound of Mull
Long Tailed Skua:
Up to 14 birds over the sea from the lighhouse during squally weather
Black Headed Gull:
Seen throughout, mostly in the Spey Valley
Herring Gull:
Common throughout
Lesser Black Back Gull:
Small numbers in several coastal locations
Great Black Back Gull:
Seen throughout coastal areas
Common Gull:
Common throughout
Kittiwake:
Common offshore around Ardnamurchan and Mull
Sandwich Tern:
Seen from the lighthouse over the sea
Common Tern:
Small numbers around the ferry terminous at Fionphort, around the coast of Iona and over Loch Na Keal
Arctic Tern:
Small numbers around the ferry terminous at Fionphort, around the coast of Iona and over the Cairns of Coll
Razorbill:
Common over the sea
Guillemot:
Common over the sea
Puffin:
From the lighthouse and on the Whale Watching Trip
Black Guillemot:
Singles from the boat, on Loch Spelve, from the lighthouse and breeding birds at the Corran Ferry terminous
Rock Dove:
Suspected true Rock Doves on Iona and Mull around the coast
Stock Dove:
Occasional throughout
Woodpigeon:
Common throughout
Collared Dove:
Common throughout
Cuckoo:
Good numbers throughout the holiday in all areas
Tawny Owl:
Heard from Coylum Bridge and Craignure campsites
Swift:
Occasional birds seen throughout
Great Spotted Woodpecker:
Few birds near Aviemore and on Mull
Skylark:
Seen on moorland
Swallow:
Common throughout
Sand Martin:
Occasional birds mainly around the Spey Valley
House Martin:
Seen mainly around human habitation
Tree Pipit:
Common throughout
Meadow Pipit:
Very common throughout
Rock Pipit:
Several around rocky coastlines
Pied Wagtail:
Common throughout
Grey Wagtail:
Occasional in the Spey Valley and on Mull
Dunnock:
Fairly common
Sedge Warbler:
Several in the correct habitat in Ardnamurchan and on Mull
Whitethroat:
Reasonable numbers in Ardnamurchan and on Mull
Blackcap:
A couple of single birds heard
Garden Warbler:
Single singing bird near Glenborrodale
Willow Warbler:
Very common throughout
Chiffchaff:
Few birds recorded in the Spey Valley
Wood Warbler:
Good numbers at Glenboorodale Oak woods and limited number in Oak woods on Mull
Goldcrest:
Mainly in pine woods in the Spey Valley and occasional on Mull
Spotted Flycatcher:
A single bird at Glenborrodale
Stonechat:
Seen in the correct habitat throughout the holiday
Whinchat:
Common on moorland
Wheatear:
Very common in Ardnamurchan and on Mull
Redstart:
Mainly in mature pines in the Spey Valley
Robin:
Extremely common throughout
Blackbird:
Very common throughout
Ring Ouzel:
One male near the campsite at Ormsaigbeg
Song Thrush:
Common throughout, especially so in Ardnamurchan and on Mull
Mistle Thrush:
Fairly common around pine woods
Coal Tit:
Several seen in pine woods
Great Tit:
Common throughout
Blue Tit:
Occasional throughout
Crested Tit:
One or two pairs at Forest Lodge only
Treecreeper:
Several in Abernethy Forest and a single bird singing at Glenborrodale
Wren:
Fairly common throughout
Yellowhammer:
Several birds around the Spey Valley
Reed Bunting:
A single bird driving towards Ardnamurchan Point
Chaffinch:
Very common
Siskin:
Common in the Spey Valley, less so on the west coast
Greenfinch:
Fairly common throughout
Bullfinch:
Occasional birds in the Spey Valley
Lesser Redpoll:
Recorded in low numbers around with birch trees on moorland in all areas visited
Twite:
Small flocks on the Arnamurchan Peninsula including round the campsite
Linnet:
Occasional birds in Ardnamurchan and on Mull
House Sparrow:
Fairly common throughout
Starling:
Fairly common throughout
Jay:
One seen at the roadside on the journey home
Magpie:
Very few records especially on the west coast
Raven:
Good numbers in Ardnamurchan and on Mull
Rook:
Fairly common throughout
Carrion Crow:
Common further east and south
Hooded Crow:
Good numbers especially further west
Jackdaw:
Common throughout


Mammals


Red Squirrel
Several sightings in woodland in the Spey Valley
Red Deer
Occasional sightings throughout
Roe Deer
Occasional sightings in the Spey Valley
Badger
Viewed from the Speyside Wildlife Hide
Otter
A single Dog Otter at Ormsaigbeg plus six or seven animals on the sea lochs of Mull
Mink
One dreaded Mink was sighted swimming round the edge of Loch Beg
Bank Vole
Viewed from the Speyside Wildlife Hide
Wood Mouse
Viewed from the Speyside Wildlife Hide
Rabbit
Good numbers in the Spey Valley with lesser numbers elsewhere
Common Seal
Several coastal sights
Grey Seal
Seen less often than Common Seal
Harbour Porpoise
Sound of Mull
Minke Whale
Single poor sighting in the entrance to the Sound of Mull


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