Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1250.00

Deposit:

250.00

Single Room Supplement:

100.00

Tour Code:

Intermediate. Most birding from roadside so little walking. Expect plenty of seawatching

Group Size:

Seven plus leader

Corncrake Snowy Owl Dotterel Pomarine Skua Purple Sandpiper Ruddy Turnstone

Outer Hebrides - Corncrakes and Skuas

Date: 9th - 15th May 2019 [FULL] or 15th - 21st May 2019 [FULL]
Leaders: Ashley Saunders [9th - 15th May] or Jason Moss [15th - 21st May]

Introduction

 

 

 
Red-throated Diver

 

The Outer Hebrides is known as the last remaining stronghold for Corncrakes in the UK and we have timed our visit with the arrival of the majority of the population. Their rasping “crex crex” calls, which were so familiar in the early 20th century all over the country can still be heard on warm, still summer evenings on these most beautiful of islands. But that’s not all; Aird an Runair headland at Balranald has become internationally famous for its annual passage of Long-tailed and Pomarine Skuas in early May and we hope that the winds will be in our favour to witness this most spectacular of events. Although to get the best views of skuas it’s advisable to walk onto the Aird an Runair headland, you can quite often get reasonable and sometimes excellent views of skuas from the car park and the mini-bus. On occasions Long-tailed and Pomarine Skuas have passed behind observers on the headland! You can also expect a wide variety of resplendent breeding plumaged shorebirds, raptors, seabirds and scarce resident breeders. Among the many species possible, we hope to encounter both White-tailed and Golden Eagles, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Short-eared Owl, Grey and European Golden Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common Snipe, Little and Arctic Terns, Arctic and Great Skuas, Manx Shearwater, Corn Bunting, Slavonian Grebe, and with good fortune, even a Snowy Owl or Dotterel. We should also enjoy excellent views of the charismatic Otters that are doing very well in the crystal clear waters here. Our  itinerary is entirely flexible as we will make the post of the prevailing weather conditions, tides and new arrivals. The terrain is mostly easy and you can expect to walk only about one mile per day. Your tour leader will be Ashley Saunders or Jason Moss and you can expect to see approximately 115 species.

 

 

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