Local Wildlife - Sky

Gannet

Gannets are large black and white birds with yellow heads and a wingspan of up to 2 metres. They are usually seen diving into the sea at great speed and from high up to catch fish.

Oystercatcher

Oystercatchers are black and white birds with bright orange beaks. They can be seen on the beach, among the rocks or flying. They have a distinctive call.

Curlew

Curlews are wading birds, brown in colour with a long hooked beak. They are usually seen on the beach or marshy ground.

Guillemot

Guillemots spend most of their lives at sea, only landing to nest. They live on cliff faces and are summer residents in the Hebrides.

Puffin

Puffins are seasonal birds and are on the Islands during Spring. Their brightly coloured beaks make them easy to spot and the best place to see them is from a boat.

Buzzard

The buzzard is one of the more common birds of prey and their call sound like the mewing of a cat. They fly with their tail feathers “fanned” and can be identified by the patches of white under the wings.

Golden Eagle

The Golden eagle is the second largest bird in the UK and is easily identified by the huge, broad wings. Golden brown in colour, they have a slow wing beat and are often seen soaring.

White tailed sea eagle

The White-tailed eagle is a globally endangered species with most of the breeding pairs in the UK being found in the Hebrides. It has a brown body with a pale head and white tail. Often described as looking like a “flying barn door” this is the largest bird species in the UK.

Corncrake

Corncrakes are an endangered species and are summer visitors to the UK. Related to moorhens and coots, they are secretive birds and spend their time hiding in the vegetation. Their call is loud and rasping.

Lapwing

The lapwing or “peewit” is a common sight in the Hebrides and can be recognised by their broad wings and colouring.

Skylark

Skylarks are small brown birds that are heard more easily than seen! Their cry is somewhat musical and provides a perfect soundtrack for the surroundings.