Birdwatching in Isle of Mull
After its appearance on BBC’s Springwatch, people have been flocking to the Isle of Mull to catch a glimpse of some of island’s many species of bird.
Home to the white-tailed eagle, perhaps one of the UK’s most impressive birds, there are boat trips during late summer and autumn where you can get a close up of them in their natural habitat, feeding their young.
Inland in the springtime, golden eagles can be spotted circling the hills and kestrels, hen harriers, sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons are also regularly seen by visitors. During the breeding season merlins and many breeds of owl congregate on the Isle, and in summer look out for curlews, redshanks, ringed plovers, lapwings, snipes, fulmars, razorbills, black guillemots, great skuas, puffins guillemots, manx shearwaters and kittiwakes and ospreys.
During the winter months golden plovers and greenshanks migrate to the island along with turnstones, sanderlings, dunlins, whimbrels and bar-tailed godwits.
Offshore, red-breasted mergansers, eiders, shelducks and mallards can be seen all year long with flocks of teals and wigeons, goldeneyes, Slovenian grebes and more rarely goosanders being present in the winter months. Red-throated divers breed in small numbers and are more commonly seen at sea with black-throated and great northern divers. All can be seen with their fantastic breeding plumage, particularly in spring. Shags and cormorants commonly fly and dive offshore and every small bay seems to have a proud grey heron.
Mute swans and hooded crows fly around the coast and greylags, pink-footed, white-fronted, brent and barnacle geese migrate to the island.
If you’re lucky, you’ll maybe spot one of a small number of bullfinches, grebes and tufted ducks on the island. Water rails and reed buntings are also scarce and dippers can only be found near rocky, fast-flowing burns. Ravens, wheatears and whinchats can only be found in the mountains and redstarts, wood warblers and garden warblers are to be found in the islands dense woodlands.
There really is an incredible variety of bird life to see!
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