If you have booked some Islay accommodation for your holiday and you are looking for things to do when here then birdwatching is a must see and do activity! Islay has a magnificent array of birdlife. In winter, we are home to vast flocks of geese from Greenland and Russia, who arrive in October and leave in April. This signals the arrival of many other migrant visitors to join the local population.
The Corncrake can be heard in several spots in summer and Choughs, rare in most of Britain, abound near Kilchoman, Ardnave and in the Oa. Magnificent birds of prey are often seen on Islay, including Golden Eagles and White Tailed Sea Eagles. Kilchoman is also home to a pair of Peregrines. Marsh and Hen Harriers and Sparrow Hawks can also frequently be seen. We weren’t lying when we said our island is a birdwatcher’s paradise!
The RSPB runs reserves at Loch Gruinart and at The Oa. The visitor centre at the bottom of Loch Gruinart is full of information and interesting facts. Close by are hides overlooking the flats and guided bird walks where locals will share their knowledge. For more information, contact RSPB on 01496 850505.
Where to go…
Other places to look are Ardnave, particularly for Choughs. Corncrakes can also be heard there. Lochindaal is host to a myriad of Wading Birds, particularly near Bridgend in winter where there are large flocks of geese. Kilchoman and Loch Gorm have a wide variety and the crags behind Kilchoman House are home to several species.
www.islaybirds.blogspot.co.uk is an excellent site for discovering lots of information about the birds in Islay. All posts are produced locally at Kilchoman.
Get in touch today to find out more…
Find out more about birdwatching and our Islay birds and get in touch with us today. Maybe you are looking for somewhere to stay? We offer cosy accommodation here on Islay with fabulous views. You can even explore our feathered friends from our quaint cottages or stunning Georgian house! Call us today on 01496 850 382 or email us here. Come and see what it is all about! You are sure to be ‘Choughed’ !