Bird watching on Islay
Autumn and winter provides an amazing spectacle as Barnacle and Greenland White- fronted geese arrive from the first week in October and stay until April
During the summer months the southward wader passage begins and you can see these birds gathering on Loch Indaal.
The great variety of birdlife can be easily seen around Rowan cottage, sky larks will serenade you as you sit outside, looking over Loch Indaal. You will hear the eerie sound of the curlew and within a short walk you are likely to see Hen Harrier hunting on the moorland. Close by at Machir Bay you can see the raggety wing flight of Choughs, and spend some time at Loch Gruinart and you are likely to hear the craiking of the corncrake, and with perseverance you may be lucky enough to spot one.
After a days birdwatching you are invited to record your sightings in Rowan Cottage visitors book so you can share your observations with others.