The Turus Mara Bird List

The Turus Mara Bird List - a rough guide


Some of the most common birds normally breeding on Lunga, they are listed in order of numerical importance in terms of the total number throughout the Treshnish Isles. The figures below are at best rough averages over a number of years, and can vary greatly from one season to the next. The list is by no means exhaustive.


Common Guillemot April - end July6000

Puffin April - 1st wk Aug3000

Razorbill April - 3rd wk July700

Kittiwake May - Aug 600-1000

Fulmar May - Aug400 - 600

Shag May-3rd wk July (nests)100 - 250

Greater B Backed Gull May - Aug300 - 400

Herring Gull May - Aug200

Artic tern May - Aug80

Black Guillemot May - Aug70

Lesser B Backed Gull May - Aug40

Common Tern May - Aug5

Common Gull May - Aug5

Great Skua May - Aug1



Manx Shearwaters and Storm Petrels (nocturnal nest changing and so never seen ashore during the day) are known to breed in large numbers. Treshnish Isles support 20% of the UK Storm Petrel population. Greylag Geese evident during the past 10 years in numbers varying from a few pairs to over 300 birds in 2004.


Variable numbers of the following species may be seen from year to year. Buzzard, Hooded Crow, Raven, Peregrine, Starling, Twite, Wheatear, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, Meadow Pippit, Dunnock, Wren, Corncrake, Sandpiper, Artic Skua. Gannets are regularly observed offshore - the nearest gannetries are St Kilda and Ailsa Craig.


Some rare visitors:- Dunlin, Redshank, Long Tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua, Cormorant, Sooty Shearwater, Black Headed Gull, Alpine Swift, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Stonechat, Swallow, Warblers (various!), Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser, Snow Goose, Shellduck, Curlew, Sea Eagle*


*Sea Eagles increasingly in the Treshnish Isles but more likely in the Loch Na Keal / Ulva Ferry area.*

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