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Kindrogan Field Centre

Perthshire Scotland

Strathardle, Perthshire  Kindrogan House  Beware the Beast of Kindrogan!

03 - 10 June 2005

Observers: F. Simpson

 

INTRODUCTION


 

Early June saw me heading back to Scotland to work on an undergraduate university field course for a week. The usual location for this is the Field Studies Council's Kindrogan Field Centre near Enochdhu in picturesque Strathardle, Perthshire. The field centre is set in an old Victorian estate with a small area of mixed woodland along the banks of the River Ardle at the foot of Kindrogan Hill, largely cloaked in spruce forestry plantation with smaller areas of larch. Strathardle is dominated by pastoral farmland in the glen and moorland on the higher ground. Further to the west lies Glen Brerachan holding some nice heather moorland and small patches of open birch woodland. This trip report details the birds found mainly around the field centre. Glen Brerachan looks like it would be worth some exploration with raptors, grouse and upland birds a probability for those with more time. The format of this report departs from my usual diary style of reporting to quickly summarising the details, species-by-species.

 

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Barn Swallow singing Tawny Owl fledgeling Dipper on the River Ardle

 

 

 

 

Sketch map of the area

 

 

Kindrogan Field Centre & environs, Strathardle, Perthshire


Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

Two pairs on Straloch Loch.

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Singles along the River Ardle.

Greylag Goose

Anser anser

25 flew NW over Enochdhu 9/6.

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Pr + b/3 and a single on Straloch Loch.

Wigeon

Anas penelope

Two pairs on Straloch Loch, 10/6.

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

A few pairs along the River Ardle, Straloch Loch. Pr on lochan (curling pond) 8/6.

Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

Two pairs on Straloch Loch.

Goosander

Mergus merganser

Pr heading over River Ardle on several mornings. Female at possible nest site in Glen Brerachan, 7/6.

Red Kite

Milvus milvus

Single observed from the train near Gleneagles on the trip up.

Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus

Single Glen Brerachan, 7/6.

Buzzard

Buteo buteo

Several pairs Strathardle & Glen Brerachan. Once on front lawn of field centre.

Kestrel

Falco tinninculus

Pair nesting Ceangline; birds noted at Kindrogan Field Centre & Enochdhu.

Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

Fairly common in pasture.

Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus

Pair on Straloch Loch.

Coot

Fulica atra

Pair on Straloch Loch.

Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Many pairs along the River Ardle & Brerachan Water.

Dotterel

Charadrius morinellus

Two birds flew NW over Strathardle on 8/6 at 0545h.

Woodcock

Scolopax rusticola

Roding birds along the main drive between Enochdhu & Kindrogan.

Curlew

Numenius arquata

Several displaying birds Strathardle & Glen Brerachan.

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Several pairs Strathardle & Glen Brerachan.

Black-headed Gull

Larus ridibundus

Singles & pairs over Strathardle. Seven over Enochdhu 9/6.

Common Gull

Larus canus

Singles & pairs over Strathardle & Glen Brerachan.

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

2nd-S south over Strathardle 3/6.

Feral Pigeon

Columba livia

Noted around Enochdhu & Kirkmichael.

Wood Pigeon

Columba palumbus

Common.

Collared Dove

Sreptopelia decaocto

Noted at Kirkmichael only.

Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus

Singing males at Kindrogan, Enochdu-Kirkmichael footpath, and Glen Brerachan (2-3).

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

Pair breeding in box in beech wood at field centre. Males heard calling from Kindrogan Hill, the lochan (curling pond) & Enochdhu.

Swift

Apus apus

Common in Kirkmichael.

G. S. Woodpecker

Dendrocopus major

Fairly common

Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Displaying birds in Glen Brerachan and on Ben Vrackie.

Sand Martin

Riparia riparia

A few birds noted along the River Ardle & Brerachan Water.

Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Common.

House Martin

Delichon urbicum

Three pairs nesting at field centre. Pairs breeding around habitations throughout Strathardle & Glen Brerachan.

Tree Pipit

Anthus trivialis

Displaying birds in birch woodland patches in Strathardle & Glen Brerachan.

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis

Displaying birds in Glen Brerachan.

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Pairs on River Ardle at East Lodge & Enochdhu.

Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba

Fairly common. Pr +b/2 at Kindrogan Field Centre.

Dipper

Cinclus cinclus

Pairs noted on the River Ardle at Enochdhu & Brerachan Water.

Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

Common.

Dunnock

Prunella modularis

Scarce. Only three singing males heard at Straloch, Enochdhu & Glen Brerachan.

Robin

Erithacus rubecula

Common.

Redstart

Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Birch woodland patches in Strathardle & Glen Brerachan.

Stonechat

Saxicola torquata

Pr + b/2, Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry. 2prs, eastern end of Glen Brerachan.

Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe

Common on Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry.

Ring Ouzel

Turdus torquatus

Female near summit of Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry, 6/6.

Blackbird

Turdus merula

Very common.

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelus

Common.

Mistle Thrush

Turdus viscivorus

Common.

Whitethroat

Sylvia communis

Only one bird heard singing at Enochdhu.

Garden Warbler

Sylvia borin

Only one bird heard singing at Enochdhu.

Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

Scarce this year. Single bird heard at the field centre.

Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus

Widespread but less common than last year.

Goldcrest

Regulus regulus

Very common in coniferous patches of all sizes.

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata

Fairly common throughout Strathardle & Glen Brerachan, even in small conifer patches.

Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

Common.

Coal Tit

Periparus ater

Common.

Blue Tit

Cyanistes caeruleus

Common.

Great Tit

Parus major

Common.

Treecreeper

Certhia familiaris

Common.

Jay

Garrulus glandarius

Pair observed at lochan (curling pond) 6/6, 0520h.

Magpie

Pica pica

Noted at Kirkmichael village only.

Jackdaw

Corvus monedula

c6 pairs Kindrogan Field Centre. Fairly common in wider area.

Rook

Corvus frugilegus

Rookery in Glen Brerachan and common in pasture in Strathardle.

Carrion Crow

Corvus corone

Common.

Raven

Corvus corax

Several birds noted Ben Vrackie, Glen Brerachan and on Kindrogan Hill.

Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

A few nesting around habitations on Glen Brerachan. Fairly common at Kirkmichael.

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Only noted at Kirkmichael & Pitlochry.

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs

Abundant.

Greenfinch

Carduelis chloris

A few pairs noted in Strathardle & Glen Brerachan

Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

A few pairs noted in Strathardle & Glen Brerachan

Siskin

Carduelis spinus

Common.

Linnet

Carduelis cannabina

A few pairs noted in Strathardle & Glen Brerachan

Lesser Redpoll

Carduelis cabaret

Noted in conifer patches in Glen Brerachan.

Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

6 on edge of larch wood at lochan/curling pool 5/6. Birds regularly heard in forestry around Kindrogan Hill.

Bullfinch

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Two pairs around walled garden, 3 birds regular on lawn, singles at Davan & West Balnald.

Reed Bunting

Emberiza schoeniclus

2 singing males in juncus rush marsh, Glen Brerachan.

 

 

 

   

   

 

Also noted: Red Deer, Roe Deer, Fallow Deer, Red Squirrel, Brown Hare, Brown Rabbit, Hedgehog, Pipistrelle Bat & Daubenton's Bat.

Common Sandpiper on the River Ardle Red Squirrel Treecreeper at Enochdhu

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All photographs 2005  F. S. Simpson

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