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SEASONAL SPECIES GUIDE

Different seasons offer better chances of seeing certain species...

RED-THROATED DIVER - Spring and summer inland on breeding lochs. Winter on the coast.

BLACK-THROATED DIVER - Spring and summer inland on breeding lochs. Winter on the coast.

GREAT-NORTHERN DIVER - Spring/Summer on the West coast, Winter on the Moray Firth.

SLAVONIAN GREBE - Spring and summer inland on breeding lochs. Winter on the coast.

GANNET - Spring/Summer on the Moray Firth.

WHOOPER SWAN - Autumn/Winter.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE - Autumn/Winter.

LONG-TAILED DUCK - Autumn/Winter.

COMMON SCOTER - Autumn/Winter.

VELVET SCOTER - Autumn/Winter.

GOLDENEYE - Best seen Spring into Summer, later in the year on the coast.

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER - Seen all year round.

GOOSANDER - Best seen Spring into Summer, later in the year on the coast.

HONEY BUZZARD - May to August.

RED KITE - Seen all year round.

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE - Seen all year round.

GOLDEN EAGLE - Seen all year round but often better in Spring and Winter.

HEN HARRIER - Summer.

GOSHAWK - Seen all year round, best chance in the Spring.

BUZZARD - Seen all year round.

ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD - Winter.

OSPREY - April to the end of August.

MERLIN - March to the end of August.

PEREGRINE FALCON - Seen all year round.

RED GROUSE - Seen all year round.

PTARMIGAN - Seen all year round (white plumage in winter only)

BLACK GROUSE - Seen all year, but best seen in spring, autumn and winter.

CAPERCAILLIE - Seen all year, best seen in spring, autumn and winter.

DOTTEREL - May to late August.

GOLDEN PLOVER - Summer on breeding grounds, winter on the coast.

GREENSHANK - Caithness & Sutherland on their breeding grounds in spring/summer.

SANDWICH, COMMON, ARCTIC & LITTLE TERN - Moray Firth in summer.

LITTLE AUK - Moray Firth in winter.

PUFFIN - West coast in summer.

CUCKOO - Spring/summer.

SHORT-EARED OWL - Spring/summer.

TREE PIPIT - Spring/Summer.

WAXWING - Irregular winter visitor.

GREY WAGTAIL - Spring/Summer.

DIPPER - All year but best seen spring/summer.

WINCHAT - Spring/summer.

WHEATEAR - Spring/summer.

RING OUZEL - Spring/summer.

CRESTED TIT - All year but best seen spring & winter.

RAVEN - Seen all year round.

SISKIN - Spring/summer.

TWITE - Spring/summer on the west coast.

LESSER REDPOLL - Mainly spring/summer.

COMMON CROSSBILL - Seen all year round.

SCOTTISH CROSSBILL - Seen all year round.

PARROT CROSSBILL - Seen all year round.

SNOW BUNTING - Seen all year but best seen spring and winter.

RED DEER - All year but October for the rut.

ROE DEER - Seen all year round.

RED SQUIRREL - Seen all year round, less so in winter.

MOUNTAIN HARE - Seen all year round (white only in winter)

OTTER - Seen all year round.

PINE MARTEN - Seen all year round but best in summer.

BOTTLE-NOSED DOLPHIN - Seen all year, but best seen summer on the Moray Firth.

COMMON DOLPHIN - Seen all year, best in summer off the west coast.

HARBOUR PORPOISE - Seen all year, best in summer.

GREY SEAL - Seen all year round.

COMMON SEAL - Seen all year round.

MINKE WHALE - Best seen in summer off the west coast.

BASKING SHARK - May to September off the west coast.