On all our scheduled trips we visit the bird colony at the North Sutor, providing great opportunities to view breeding Shag, Razorbill, Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Kittiwake, Fulmar and it is home to 4% of the breeding British Cormorant population. For the bird enthusiast the colony is particularly active during late April through until the middle of July. Along the cliffs we often encounter Buzzards, Kestrels, Peregrines and the occasional Osprey. Further out to sea Gannets, Puffins and Shearwaters are always a possibility. You may also see Red Kite if you keep an eye out as you drive across the Black Isle, these were successfully reintroduced a number of years ago and are now a relatively common sight.
Closer to shore the mud flats, sheltered bays and salt marshes of the Cromarty Firth are home to wintering wildfowl and waders regularly numbering in excess of 29,000 birds. On the water we often encounter large rafts of Eider and during the colder months, the beautiful Long Tailed Duck otherwise known as the Sea Pheasant.
There are currently two RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) reserves on the Firth, one at Udale Bay just 4 ½ miles from Cromarty and the other at Nigg Bay on the northern side of the Firth. Amongst possible sightings are Curlew, Redshank, Wigeon, Bar-tailed Godwit, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Oystercatcher, Pink footed Geese, Scaup Greylag Geese, Slavonian Grebe, Whooper Swan and Teal.