Bird List

This is a list of 96 birds seen during one of two 5 day Inner Hebridean Cruises (76 and 82 species seen respectively). Many thanks to the Hepburn brothers for collating the lists. For further comments on the sightings, read pdf file bird list and comments

Arctic Skua Arctic tern   Blackcap
Blackbird Black headed gull  Black guillemot 
 Blue tit  Bullfinch  Buzzard
 Chaffinch  Chiff chaff  Coal tit
 Collared dove  Common gull  Common tern
 Cormorant  Corncrake (heard calling)  Crossbill
 Cuckoo  Curlew  Dipper
 Dunlin  Dunnock  Eider
 Fulmar  Gannet  Golden eagle
 Golden plover  Goosander  Great black-backed gull
 Great crested grebe  Great northern diver  Great tit
 Greenfinch  Grey heron  Greylag goose
 Grey wagtail  Guillemot  Herring gull
Hooded crow House martin House sparrow
Jackdaw Kestrel Kittiwake
Lapwing Lesser black-backed gull Magpie
Mallard Manx shearwater Meadow pipit
Merlin Mistle thrush Mute swan
Oystercatcher Peregrine falcon Pheasant
Pied wagtail Puffin Razorbill
Raven Red-breasted merganser Redstart
Ringed plover Robin Rock dove
Rock pipit Sandpiper Sedge warbler
Shag Shelduck Shoveler
Siskin Skylark Snipe
Song thrush Sparrowhawk Starling
Stonechat Swallow Tawny owl
Teal Tree pipit Tree pipit
Tufted duck Turnstone Twite
Wheatear Whimbrel White-tailed (sea) eagle
Willow warbler Woodcock Wood pigeon
Wood warbler Wren Yellowhammer


Atlantic puffins have penguin-like colouring but they sport a colourful beak that has led some to dub them the "sea parrot". The beak fades to a drab grey during the winter and blooms with colour again in the spring.