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Kindrogan Field Centre

Perthshire Scotland

   

1 - 8 June 2007

Observers: F. Simpson

 

INTRODUCTION


 

This report details the birds observed around the Field Studies Council's Kindrogan Field Centre near Enochdhu in Strathardle, Perthshire in early June while working on an undergraduate field course. 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.

 

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Sketch map of the area

 

 

Kindrogan Field Centre & environs, Strathardle, Perthshire


 

Mute Swan

Cygnus olor

Imm on Straloch Loch 5/6.

Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

3 on Straloch Loch 5/6.

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Singles along the River Ardle most days. One calling at 0315h on 7/6.

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

2 prs on Straloch Loch 5/6.

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

B/5 in roadside burn, Pitlochry 4/6; Pr on River Ardle, 2 mm in Loch a Choire, Ben Vrackie 4/6.

Teal

Anas crecca

Not seen around Kindrogan. Seen from train on pool nr Gleneagles.

Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

Pr on small lochan beside the Enochdu to Kirkmichael footpath (Cateran Trail) 6/6; Pr + 2 mm on Straloch Loch 5/6.

Goosander

Mergus merganser

Female flew upstream over River Ardle 5/6.

Red Kite

Milvus milvus

One from the train between Stirling and Gleneagles.

Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus

Female in Lime in car park 3/6.

Buzzard

Buteo buteo

Regular over field centre; up to three regular over Enochdhu; 3 over Kirkmichael 6/6.

Kestrel

Falco tinninculus

Not seen around Kindrogan. Seen from train between Pitlochry & Gleneagles.

Peregrine

Falco peregrinus

One flew east over the field centre at 1240h on 3/6.

Merlin

Falco columbarius

Female observed near Gleneagles.

Red Grouse

Lagopus scoticus

Pr with brood of young on Ben Vrackie 4/6, another two birds near loch; also heard between Kindrogan and Pitlochry..

Black Grouse

Tetrao tetrix

14 mm lekking at one site.

Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

Fairly common in pasture. One calling at 0314h on 5/6.

Coot

Fulica atra

1 on Straloch Loch 5/6.

Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus

Two adults in roadside garden ponds, Pitlochry 4/6.

Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Several pairs along the River Ardle & Brerachan Water. Vocal throughout the night.

Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

Not seen around Kindrogan. Several from train near Gleneagles.

Woodcock

Scolopax rusticola

Roding bird along main drive at 0339h on 6/6; 0350h on 7/6.

Snipe

Gallinago gallinago

Heard calling from Moulin Moor on 8/6.

Curlew

Numenius arquata

2 displaying over Kirkimichael village 6/6; 5 displaying on Moulin Moor 8/6; several on Ben Vrackie. Vocal before 0300h.

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Pair on River Ardle near 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

Noted at Enochdhu, Kirkmichael & Pitlochry.

Stock Dove

Columba oenas

2 south of Gleneagles.

Wood Pigeon

Columba palumbus

Fairly common.

Collared Dove

Sreptopelia decaocto

Several singing birds in Pitlochry 4/6

Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus

Male mobbed by Stonechat in Glen Brerachan 1/6; one singing & mobbed by Mipit at top of Kindrogan Hill 3/6; 3 singing mm on Moulin Moor 8/6; singing bird nr Straloch. Singing nr field centre from 0315h on 5/6.

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

Males heard calling from Kindrogan Hill & Enochdhu. Birds observed in clear fell near the graveyard, along the River Ardle, and in the field centre car park. Juvs heard calling from Kindrogan Hill at 0300h on 5/6. One mobbed by Chaffinches & Blackbirds nr Kindrogan Crag 7/6.

Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

Pale bird on 'Moulin Moor' between Kindrogan and Pitlochry 4.6

Swift

Apus apus

2 over Kindrogan house 2/6; 4 on 3/6; several over Pitlochry 4/6; 10+ over Kirkmichael on 6/6.

Great Spotted

Woodpecker

Dendrocopus major

Regular at feeders. Single or pairs noted at field centre, curling pond, East Lodge & Enochdhu; juv on roof of Ardle building 5/6; one calling at 0324h on 5/6. Drumming heard at curling pond.

Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Several singing males in Glen Brerachan.

Sand Martin

Riparia riparia

3 at Straloch 5/6; 1 at Dalreoch 6/6.

Swallow

Hirundo rustica

12+ at Straloch on 5/6; 20+ Dalreoch, Enochdhu.

House Martin

Delichon urbicum

Common in Pitlochry; 4 at Straloch 5/6.

Tree Pipit

Anthus trivialis

Displaying birds in birch woodland patches in Strathardle & Glen Brerachan inc clear fell at graveyard.

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis

Abundant in Glen Brerachan, Moulin Moor & Ben Vrackie.

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Juv on River Ardle at the front lawn 2/6; juv at Enochdhu on 2/6; 3 juvs on track at East Balnald 5/6; pr Kirkmichael 6/6.

Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba

Pr nesting in pipe at field centre, 2 prs at Straloch.

Dipper

Cinclus cinclus

Two territories found around field centre & Enochdhu. Juvenile on River Ardle at walled garden.

Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

Common. Singing from 0341h on 6/6. Also singing close to summit of Ben Vrackie.

Dunnock

Prunella modularis

Scarce - only singing birds at West Lodge. Also in Pitlochry.

Robin

Erithacus rubecula

Common. Singing from 0311h on 6/6.

Redstart

Phoenicurus phoenicurus

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

Whinchat

Saxicola rubetra

Singing male in thick heather, Moulin Moor 8/6.

Stonechat

Saxicola torquata

2 juvs on walk up Ben Vrackie 4/6.

Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe

Several on Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry.

Ring Ouzel

Turdus torquatus

Male at usual site on Ben Vrackie 4/6.

Blackbird

Turdus merula

Very common. B/2 on 2/6. Singing from 0331h on 6/6.

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelus

Common. Singing from 0314h on 6/6. One bird incorporating GS Woodpecker 'kick' call into its song.

Mistle Thrush

Turdus viscivorus

Common. Bird carrying food for young on 2/6; ad + 2 juvs Enochdu to Kirkmichael footpath (Cateran Trail) 6/6.

Whitethroat

Sylvia communis

Singing male at West Lodge 5/6; singing male along the Enochdu to Kirkmichael footpath (Cateran Trail) 6/6.

Garden Warbler

Sylvia borin

Several singing mm. Singing from 0359h on 6/6.

Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

Several singing mm. One singing at Pitlochry station 1/6, 8/6. Singing from 0347h on 6/6.

Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus

5-6 singing mm around the field centre. Singing from 0352h on 6/6.

Goldcrest

Regulus regulus

Very common in coniferous forestry. Singing from 0335h on 6/6.

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata

5 singing mm/prs around the field centre. Singing from 0322h on 6/6.

Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

Fairly common. 22 (mostly juvs) at curling pond 5/6.

Coal Tit

Periparus ater

Common. Also noted at feeders.

Blue Tit

Cyanistes caeruleus

Common.

Great Tit

Parus major

Common.

Treecreeper

Certhia familiaris

Common. B/3 in larch wood nr curling pond 5/6; two pairs in beech wood by the house. Singing from 0352h on 6/6.

Jay

Garrulus glandarius

1-2 around edge of clear fell at graveyard 7/6.

Magpie

Pica pica

Only seen at Kirkmichael village.

Jackdaw

Corvus monedula

7 prs nesting in chimneys in Kindrogan house.

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 Straloch 5/6. Common in Pitlochry (mimicking Curlew).

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Birds collecting nest material at Moulin Hotel. Also partial albino here.

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs

Abundant. Singing from 0351h on 6/6.

Greenfinch

Carduelis chloris

A few pairs/singing mm noted.

Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

A few pairs/singing mm noted.

Siskin

Carduelis spinus

Fairly common in coniferous woodland. 25 Kindrogan Hill 3/6; 10 over East Balnald 5/6.

Linnet

Carduelis cannabina

Pr along Enochdu to Kirkmichael footpath (Cateran Trail) 6/6.

Lesser Redpoll

Carduelis cabaret

Noted in conifer patches in Glen Brerachan.

Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

5 over curling pond 1/6; 2 over walled garden 3/6; pr feeding on top of Kindrogan Hill 3/6; 2 over field centre at 0446h on 7/6, several passing Kindrogan Crag on 7/6.

Bullfinch

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Prs noted at the walled garden (2), curling pond & Davan.

Reed Bunting

Emberiza schoeniclus

Singing male at small lochan on Enochdu to Kirkmichael footpath (Cateran Trail) 6/6.

 

 

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