Birdwatching or birding is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds.
The puffin breeding season on the Isle of Lunga (one of the Treshnish Isles) starts in the middle of April. To make sure to have thousands of them on Lunga Island to spot, I recommend a visit not before May. They stay on this island until the beginning of August. For your trip planning, please check our monthly puffin overview with details for spring, summer, fall, and winter for the Isle of Lunga below. Also, check out our Isle of Lunga Puffins Video on YouTube. A helpful monthly weather overview can be found here: Treshnish Isle - Scotland - Monthly Weather
Puffin Sightings | Lunga Island
- September - March |Bad Time:
No puffins are on the island during these months, from autumn until early spring.
- April| Good Time:
It's possible but rare to see puffins in spring before mid-April. Although not the greatest time, you usually spot them from mid-April on. However, sometimes they even arrive later in April. Experts say: Early to mid-April, sometimes later.
- May - June - July | Best Time:
Late spring and early summer is the perfect time. You spot thousands of puffins on Lunga Island! To save money, make sure to book your nearby accommodation in advance (see below).
- August | Mediocre Time:
Be careful, as they stay on the island only until early August. Sometimes slightly longer. We wouldn't risk visiting later than in the early days of August if at all.
I went there at the end of June, and besides puffins, I saw chicks from the guillemot, razorbill, and shag. The puffin chicks are hidden in the burrows, and you may encounter them only when they leave the nest.
Morning and afternoon is the best time for birding. I recommend the afternoon because it is a bumpy, gravel road and takes some time to get to the starting point.
Best months are during the dry season from December until May. Driest months are February to May. Day temperature always around 30 C°/ 86°F in Soufriere a bit colder and a higher humidity in the forest. Most sunshine in March. However, rain can always occur in the rainforest. The rainy season lasts from June to November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. Wettest month is September.
For birding as always early morning and afternoon. It is a popular trail for birding and gets crowded at daytime with local tour operators. Most of them already left the area in the afternoon.
Best months are during the dry season from December until April. This is also the peak tourist season on Dominica. May and June are also possible: Less tourists on the island in general, lower rates but also hot and humid and rain may occur. The rainy season last from May/June to November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods.
The bst time is during the dry season. June may also be a good option with fewer tourists and lower rates.
The dry season last from Dec. until April/May. Anyway this is one of the wettest regions in the world with 7 liters of rain each year. The climate is humid tropical. The driest month is March and the wettest is August.