1. Pool Roag (NG275435) is a small area of intertidal mudflat. Though rarely containing large numbers of birds it is a good place to see Shelduck. It also picks up waders on migration including Knot, Black and Bar Tailed Godwits, Greenshank and Dunlin. Easily viewed from the access road from Roag village to Ardroag.
2. Loch Dunvegan (NG250470) normally provides a selection of common waders and wildfowl. Eider breed on the islands opposite the castle and there are normally a few pairs of Shelduck.
3. Loch Suardal (NG240510) is a bit of a gem. Use the car as a hide. There are invariably Whoopers in winter. Over the years it has picked up a number of scarce wildfowl including Garganey and Green Winged Teal, so check everything thoroughly. Nearby Loch Corterach is good for Goldeneye.
4. Claigan and the Coral Beaches (NG233540). The fields at Claigan often contain good flocks of Barnacle Geese which spend most of the winter on the nearby island of Isay. The walk to the Coral Beaches and Groban na Sgeire is always worthwhile with the chance of picking up Turnstone and Ringed Plover on the shoreline, as well as Great Northern Diver, Eider and Black Guillemot in the sea.

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