Birds

Birdwatching around Opinan




The Coast



Red Throated Diver Red Throated Diver
Seen off the beach at Mellon Udrigle.



Black Throated Diver
Winter visitor to Gruinard Bay
Rare
Black Throated Diver


Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver
Offshore at Opinan
Often seen



Gannet
Offshore at Opinan & Greenstone Point
Resident

Gannet


Cormorant/Shag Cormorant / Shag
On the rocks and at sea
Resident


Grey Heron
On the shoreline at Opinan and by the streams
Resident

Grey Heron


shelduck Shelduck
On the shoreline at Opinan
Resident



Mallard
Shoreline
Quite Common
Mallard


Eider Duck Eider Duck
Mellon Udrigle
Infrequent Visitor



Red Breasted Merganser
On the shoreline at Opinan
Not often seen

Red Breasted Merganser


Oystercatcher Oystercatcher
On the shoreline at Opinan
Resident



Ringed Plover
On the shoreline at Opinan
Resident

Ringed Plover on the shore at Opinan


Lapwing Lapwing
Fields close to shore.
Winter visitor



Dunlin
On the shoreline
Quite common

Dunlin


snipe Snipe
Fields near the shore
Quite common



Whimbrel
On the shoreline at Opinan
Rarely seen

Whimbrel


Curlew Curlew
Mellon Udrigle Beach
Rarely seen



Common Sandpiper
On the shoreline at Opinan
Resident

Sandpiper


Great Skua Great Skua
Off shore
Usually have one round the boat when fishing



Great Black-backed Gull
Shore
Quite common
Great Black-backed Gull


Common Gull Common Gull
Shoreline
Quite common


Herring Gull
Shoreline
Very common

Herring Gull


Common Tern Common Tern
Mellon Udrigle Beach



Arctic Tern
Shoreline
Visitor

Arctic Tern


Guillemot Guillemot
Off shore
Quite common



Razorbill
Mellon Udrigle
Not often seen
Razorbill






Moorland and Hills

Buzzard Buzzard
Very common
Resident



Golden Eagle
Usually seen flying very high.
Resident
Golden Eagle


Ptarmigan Ptarmigan
Seen here on An Teallach
Resident



Skylark
Moorland
Quite common

Skylark


Dipper Dipper
By the streams especially up in the hills
Resident



Snow Bunting
High in the mountains
Seen here on Liathaich
Snow Bunting on Liathaich


Twite Twite
Opinan
Seen close to the shore.



Linnet
In the fields
Quite rare.

Linnet


Raven Raven
Near Greenstone Point
Resident





Garden and Fields



Greylag Geese Greylag Goose
On the saltmarsh and fields
Resident



Barnacle Goose
On the saltmarsh and fields
Visitor

Barnacle Geese


Cuckoo Cuckoo
In the trees
Summer visitor often seen and heard.



Rock Dove
Garden & Fields
Resident
Rock Dove


Collared Dove Collared Dove
Garden & Fields
Quite Common



Swallow
Garden & Fields
Summer visitor

Swallow


Meadow Pipit Meadow Pipit
Opinan
Quite common



Pied Wagtail
In the fields and garden
Very common

Pied Wagtail


Wren Wren
In the garden
Quite common



Robin
In the fields and garden
Very common

Robin


Stonechat Stonechat
In the fields
Distinctive call often heard



Wheatear
In the fields
Summer visitor often seen

Wheatear


Blackbird Blackbird
In the fields and garden
Very common



Song Thrush
In the fields and garden
Very common

Thrush


Long-tailed Tit Long-tailed Tit
In the fields and garden
Visitor



Coal Tit
In the fields and garden
Very common
Coal Tit


  Blue Tit Blue Tit
In the fields and garden
Very common


Great Tit
In the garden and fields
Resident
Great Tit


Hooded Crow Hooded Crow
In the garden and fields
Resident


Starling
In the fields
Resident
Starling


House Sparrow House Sparrow
In the garden
Resident



Chaffinch
In the fields and garden
Very common

Chaffinch


Greenfinch Greenfinch
In the fields and garden
Very common



Goldfinch
In the fields and garden
Rarely seen

Goldfinch


Siskin Siskin
In the fields and garden
Summer visitor



Reed Bunting
In the garden
Quite rare
Reed Bunting






These birds have been seen locally but have not yet posed for my camera!

White Tailed Sea EagleFlying high over the mudflats Resident
GrouseOn the moors above Opinan Quite common
RedshankFeeding on the mudflats Not often seen
Black-headed gullOffshore Often seen when out fishing
Grey WagtailIn the Hills Quite rare
DunnockIn the garden Not often seen
RedwingRoosting in the trees Noisy flocks pass through on migration
GoldcrestIn the conifers around the house Tiny birds very hard to spot
Tree SparrowOpinanVisits our seed feeder

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All pictures © Ian Van Hinsbergh Last Update 21st May 2015