with B/4 on Loch Curran on 8/6 (viewed from Kindrogan
Hill 2 km distant).
of five birds on Straloch Loch on 12/6. Trilling territoral song heard here.
found this year in Strathardle, very close to the A925.
Actual nests not visible from the road but a maximum
of 10 adults observed in adjacent field on 9/6. Also
3 fledged juvs presents on several days and adults
observed carrying nesting material on 12/6.
Straloch on 12/6.
B/6 on curling pond on 12/6. B/5, B/1, 5mm + 3 ff
on Straloch Loch on 12/6. Pair flew over Pitlochry on
Pair on Loch a choire, Ben Vrackie on 9/6. 3mm/1f on Straloch
Loch on 12/6.
Straloch Loch on 12/6.
downstream along River Ardle at Enochdhu at 0731 on
9/6. One north over Davan on 13/6.
the River Ardle between the field centre and Enochdhu
One or two regularly in Strathardle.
One flew over Straloch at 1240h on 12/6.
noisy chicks in pine copse near Bridgend Straloch.
heather moorland on the lower slope of Ben Vrackie on
One on Straloch
Adult in roadside garden ponds along A924 in Pitlochry on
9/6. Two adults on Straloch Loch on 12/6.
Adult and half-grown chick mid-stream on the River Ardle in Kirkmichael
on 12/6. Observed in Glen Brerachan (while in transit
in the minibus). Present daily in Strathardle with maximum
of five around the field centre.
Only observed in Glen Brerachan (while in transit in the minibus).
One to two birds observed roding along the main drive mosts days
at dawn and dusk, e.g. 2230h on 6/8 and 0316h on 9/6.
Exceptional views of one sitting, not so camouflaged,
on a mossy hummock in damp, open birch strip with horsetails
between the field centre and the curling pond on 11/6.
one displaying daily in Strathardle. Two displaying on
lower slope of Ben Vrackie on 9/6. Observed in Glen Brerachan (while in transit in the minibus)
One at Straloch
on 12/6. Two adults and a juvenile on River Ardle at
Kirkmichael on 12/6.
Regularly flying over Strathardle.
Regularly flying over Strathardle.
Note at Enochdhu, Kirkmichael and Pitlochry.
Fairly common in Pitlochry with singing and displaing
most of the week between the walled garden, in larches
along the River Ardle, and the clear fell around the
graveyard. Mobbed by Tree Pipits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits,
and Long-tailed Tits. Vocal from 0311h on 9/6.
Male calling most nights from Kindrogan Hill. Female heard calling
at 0358h on 9/6.
Young heard calling near Enochdhu on Catern Trail around 0108h
Six birds around the field centre daily. Also noted over Pitlochry.
Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus
Four nests located (two in larch, one in scots pine, one in european
larch) near East Lodge, curling pond, West Lodge and
the eastern end of Glen Brerachan. Two fledglings near
the field centre on 13/6. A tail-less individual regularly
seen around the graveyard.
mm at the eastern end of Glen Brerachan on 12/6 and
Six feeding over rushy pasture adjacent to Brerachan Water near
West Lodge on 12/6. Two at Straloch on 12/6.
Nine AONs at the field centre. Active from early morning, e.g.
0313h on 9/6.
None present at the field centre though three partial nests remain.
Minimum of 10 at Straloch on 12/6, nesting in cottages
here. Fairly common in Pitlochry and Kirkmichael.
singing males in the clear fell area. Widespread in
birch woodand patches from the curling pond to Glen
least two pairs feeding young around the trig point
in heather moorland on Kindrogan Hill. Common in Glen
Brerachan and Ben Vrackie.
Birds noted on the River Ardle at the field centre, Enochdhu and
Kirkmichael. One flew over the Co-Op in Pitlochry on
males at the field centre and Straloch. Several birds
observed with food for young throughout Strathardle.
Three territories located at Enochdhu, the field centre and Brerachan
Water. Nest with incubating female on second clutch
under Kindrogan Bridge.
Common. Singing from 0338h on 9/6. Also singing close to
summit of Ben Vrackie.
- only singing birds at Davan, Enochdhu and near the
Common. Singing from 0301h on 9/6. Good numbers of fledglings around.
birds in birch woodland
patches in Strathardle & Glen Brerachan.
Pair carrying food for young on the lower slope of Ben
Vrackie on 9/6.
Pair feeding young in the nest near the summit of Ben Vrackie
singing male) at
usual site on Ben Vrackie 9/6.
common. Singing from 0319h on 9/6. A tame individual at Moulin Hotel on
Common. Singing from 0255h on 9/6. One bird incorporating Curlew mimcry into its song.
Common. A fledgeling was repeatedly attached by three Jackdaws
in a field adjacent to the field centre on 12/6.
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
male in juncus rush field immediately west of West Lodge
beside Brerachan Water at 0500h on 13/6.
Whitethroat Sylvia communis
male in nettle/willowherb bed at Kindrogan Bridge all
singing mm. Singing from 0344h on 11/6.
singing mm. Singing from 0354h on 9/6.
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus
singing near the curling pond on 7/6 (AW). Another singing
in birch/oak mix near East Lodge on 7/6.
A singing male present daily from the track between the main drive
and the clear fell.
mm around the field centre and more widespread in birch
in coniferous forestry. Singing from 0323h on 9/6.
mm around the field centre, 2-3 singing mm at Enochdhu,
and 2 singing mm at Davan.
briefly in oaks next to the track/car park at 2055h
B/4 near front lawn on 8/6. Another larger brood at
curling pond on 12/6.
Common. Also noted at feeders.
Common and using several nest boxes present. Pair nesting in brickwork
of walled garden, another in a short sycamore stump
near Davan. Also noted at feeders. One became trapped
in my room on 11/6 - released unharmed.
Common. A pair nesting in the old footbridge at Enochdhu. Also noted at feeders.
Common. B/2 in birch wood on Glen Brerachan on 12/6.
Magpie Pica pica
Kirkmichael and Pitlochry.
7-8 prs nesting
in chimneys in Kindrogan house. Common in Pitlochry
Glen Brerachan and common in pasture in the north-western end of Strathardle.
Common. Two juvenile Hooded x Carrion Crow hybrids observed near
the field centre on 8/6.
heard and up to three seen over Kindrogan Hill. Pair
mobbed by a Kestrel on Ben Vrackie on 9/6.
Fledgling at field centre on 12/6. Otherwise only noted at Straloch,
Kirkmichael and Pitlochry.
Pitlochry. Partial albino still
present at the Moulin Hotel.
Abundant. Singing from 0401h on 9/6. Several Fledgelings noted.
pairs/singing mm noted in Strathardle and over field centre.
male at East Balnald on 12/6.
in coniferous woodland. Regular overhead throughout.
in Glen Brerachan.
Single over the curling pond on 12/6.
Four over the clearfell on 9/6. One in forestry on the trail to
Ben Vrackie on 9/6. One over the curling pond on 12/6.
One or two elusive pairs around the field centre.
Reed Bunting Emberiza
male at Straloch on 12/6.