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Kindrogan Field Centre

Perthshire Scotland

Kindrogan House  Strathardle, Perthshire  Beware the Beast of Kindrogan!

02 - 09 June 2006

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. This trip report details the birds found mainly around the field centre. Spring was late this year but there were more warblers around than last year but much less hirundines.

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Red Grouse in heather Pheasant in walled garden Chaffinch in song

 

 

 

 

Sketch map of the area

 

 

Kindrogan Field Centre & environs, Strathardle, Perthshire


Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

Four pairs on Straloch Loch.

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Singles along the River Ardle, particularly around Enochdhu.

Greylag Goose

Anser anser

2 over the field centre, 0700h, 6/6.

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

11 NE 0655, 7/6; 11 ads & pr + b/2 on Straloch Loch.

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

f + b/8 River Ardle, 3\6; f + b/2 Enochdhu-Kirkmichael footpath 6\6; f + b/9 Straloch Loch8/6. Up to 5 mm regular along River Ardle and on curling pond.

Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

Single male on Straloch Loch, 0450h, 8/6.

Goosander

Mergus merganser

1 north over Enochdhu, 0550h, 5/6; 2 over Straloch Loch, 0517h, 8/6.

Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus

Male, Enochdhu, 0610h, 5/6.

Buzzard

Buteo buteo

Single regular over field centre; up to three regular over Enochdhu

Kestrel

Falco tinninculus

Single bird on Ben Vrackie was the only bird noted this year.

Red Grouse

Lagopus lagopus

Male close to track up Ben Vrackie 5/6.

Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

Fairly common in pasture; female with brood of 8 in walled garden, 5/6.

Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Several pairs along the River Ardle & Brerachan Water.

Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

Birds heard near field centre, 2/6.

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

Pair on River Ardle north of field centre.

Black-headed Gull

Larus ridibundus

Regular over Strathardle. Probably nesting at Curran.

Common Gull

Larus canus

Regular over Strathardle. Probably nesting at Curran.

Feral Pigeon

Columba livia

One in a barn at Enochdhu.

Wood Pigeon

Columba palumbus

Fairly common.

Collared Dove

Sreptopelia decaocto

3 singing mm at Enochdhu.

Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus

Singing mm at Loch Curran, lochan/curling pond, Straloch Loch, Ben Vrackie, & Enochdhu-Kirkmichael footpath. 2 mm + 1 f on Kindrogan Hill.

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

Pair breeding in box in beech wood at field centre. Males heard calling from Kindrogan Hill & Enochdhu.

Swift

Apus apus

Two birds over the field centre daily; 10+ Kirkmichael, 6/6.

Great Spotted    Woodpecker

Dendrocopus major

Single or pairs noted at field centre, curling pond, East Lodge & Enochdhu. Fledged from regular site around 6/6.

Sand Martin

Riparia riparia

2 Straloch Loch, 0405h, 8/6.

Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Fairly scarce compared with 2003-05.

House Martin

Delichon urbicum

Fairly scarce compared with 2003-05.

Tree Pipit

Anthus trivialis

Displaying birds in birch woodland patches in Strathardle. Displaying male in clear fell area around graveyard on Kindrogan Hill.

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis

Displaying bird on Kindrogan Hill where also mobbing a Cuckoo 4/6.

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Pairs on River Ardle, north of centre, East Lodge & Enochdhu. Female + juv at Kirkmichael, 6/6.

Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba

Fairly common inc pr +b/2 at field centre; pr + b/3 Straloch Loch 8/6.

Dipper

Cinclus cinclus

Two territories found around field centre & Enochdhu.

Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

Common.

Dunnock

Prunella modularis

Slighly more common than last year.

Robin

Erithacus rubecula

Common.

Redstart

Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Male along drive near fc 5/6; singing m at curling pond 0417h, 8/6.

Stonechat

Saxicola torquata

Singing m Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry.

Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe

Common on Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry.

Ring Ouzel

Turdus torquatus

Pair near summit of Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry, 5/6.

Blackbird

Turdus merula

Very common.

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelus

Common.

Mistle Thrush

Turdus viscivorus

Common.

Garden Warbler

Sylvia borin

Several singing mm.

Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

Several singing mm.

Wood Warbler

Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Terrtorial male in beech woodland strip along track to curling pond.

Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus collybita

Singing m in car park, 0540h, 7/6.

Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus

More common than last year.

Goldcrest

Regulus regulus

Very common in coniferous patches of all sizes.

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata

Fairly common throughout Strathardle.

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

Single heard at lochan (curling pond), 0610h, 8/6.

Jackdaw

Corvus monedula

c8 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

Up to three regular over Kindrogan Hill. Singles regular elsewhere.

Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

2 at Enochdhu, 5/6; 4+ at Straloch Loch, 8/6.

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Again, only noted at Kirkmichael & Pitlochry.

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs

Abundant.

Greenfinch

Carduelis chloris

A few pairs/singing mm noted.

Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

A few pairs/singing mm noted.

Siskin

Carduelis spinus

Common inc displaying males around the field centre.

Linnet

Carduelis cannabina

Pair at curling pond/lochan, 7/6.

Lesser Redpoll

Carduelis cabaret

Single in birch at curling pond/lochan, 0550h, 7/6.

Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

4 on Kindrogan Hill, 4/6; 1 over East Lodge, 7/6; 1 at curling pond, 7/6.

Bullfinch

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Pair at walled garden.

 

 

 

   

   

 

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