Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kindrogan Field Course

Leaving Beaver Creek Lodge in Speyside on 8 June, I took the train south to Pitlochry for an annual undergraduate field course in Environmental Biology based at Kindrogan Field Centre in Perthshire. After many early morning outings at 03:00 am, long walks to the study sites, and sampling of several malts on the final evening, I've uploaded a trip list to my main site here: Kindrogan 2012 Birding Trip Report. Highlights this year included a male Pied Flycatcher which sang continously all week from the oaks in the centre car park, and two different Quails singing in Strathardle on 12 June. Other interesting species included Goosander, Red Grouse, Osprey, Woodcock, Tree Pipit, Dipper, Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Lesser Redpoll and Common Crossbill. Lots of sound recordings were made and I'll post some in due course, particularly the different song types making up the repertoire of the Pied Flycatcher.

Re-stock on Kindrogan Hill supporting Tree Pipit and Willow Warbler

Larch plantation - typically quiet with just Goldcrest, Coal Tit and Treecreeper

Long-range view towards Pitlochry

Glen Brerachan

View of Strathardle from Creag na Cuinneige with Straloch in the foreground


Conifer plantations

Vegetation analysis on Kindrogan Hill

Dew or raindrops on a spider's web

View of the lower east slope of Kindrogan Hill from Creag na Cuinneige

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