Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bird report for Kindrogan 10-17 June 2011

I've uploaded a bird report to my main site for Kindrogan FSC field centre 10-17 June with some excerpts and photos below: www.fssbirding.org.uk/kindrogantrip2011.htm

Click here for the Kindrogan website (Scotland’s National Centre for Excellence in Field Studies and Biodiversity Training)

Goosander Mergus merganser
Female with b/5 on the River Ardle, upstream of the field centre, on 14/06 (AW). Seven flew NW upstream over River Ardle on 13/06.

Red Grouse Lagopus scotica
One observed (by students only) on walk up Ben Vrackie on 13/06.

Ptarmigan Lagopus muta
One or more birds heard at the summit of Ben Vrackie in extremely low visibility on 13/06.

Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
One to two roding along the main drive from dusk to dawn.

Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Singing males heard at the field centre, Straloch, Glen Brerachan, Kindrogan Hill, Tullochcurran and Moulin. Singing from 03:39 on 14/06, 03:58 on 15/06, 03:39 on 16/06.

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Common in birch woodland in Glen Brerachan and Strathardle. Six singing males around the graveyard clearfell.

Dipper Cinclus cinclus
Pair present in territory at Kindrogan Bridge; adult on the tiny burn at Moulin Inn 13/06; juvenile on the River Ardle on 15/06; adult carrying food to young in the nest at Kirkmichael.

Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Two singing males in open birch slopes at the east end of Glen Brerachan on 16/6.

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Singing male on Ben Vrackie on 13/6.

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
Singing male at usual site on Ben Vrackie 13/6.

Grasshopper Warbler Acrocephalus naevia
Singing male in rank heather on Moulin-Ben Vrackie trail on 13/06; around a marshy stream with very small willows.

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin
Singing males at the walled garden, front lawn, Kindrogan Bridge, curling pond and Tullochcurran. Pair carrying food for young at the walled garden on 11/06. Singing from 03:48 on 13/06, 03:26 on 14/06, 03:44 on 15/06, 03:29 on 16/06.

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Better numbers than usual with 12+ singing mm between Enochdhu-Kindrogan Field Centre-Straloch. Singing from 03:56 on 14/06; 03:58 on 15/06, 03:57 on 16/06.

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Singing male holding territory all week in open spruce forest (with larch/birch edge) at the East/West Balbald all week.

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Common this year with a minimum of 25 singing mm around the clearfell and restock on NE side of Kindrogan Hill; 15+ singing males between Kindrogan Bridge and West Lodge (including two at the walled garden). Singing from 03:34 on 14/06, 03:49 on 15/06, 03:38 on 16/06.

Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Common in coniferous areas. Three fledged broods observed around the field centre on 11/06; 2 singing male at Straloch on 16/06. Singing from 03:23 on 14/06, 03:37 on 15/06, 03:33 on 16/06.

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Pairs or singles noted at the field centre (3 territories), graveyard in clearfell, Enochdhu (2), East Lodge, curling pond (2), Balnald, Davan, West Lodge, East Lodge and eastern end of Glen Brerachan. Also noted at Moulin. Singing from 03:32 on 13/06, 03:48 on 14/06, 03:54 on 16/06.

Siskin Carduelis spinus
Abundant this year. Minimum of 15 at feeders on 12/06 including a juvenile being fed by an adult. Small flocks encountered elsewhere including 20+ in graveyard clearfell.

Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret
Two over the curling pond on 13/06.

Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Four over the curling pond on 13/06; 3 over East Lodge on 15/06.

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