A page for nature lovers

 

 Jay, on feeding station, Pine Lodge, 16/7/09.

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Confirmed sightings of a kingfisher on 3 separate days in the Auchenstarry Basin by Terry Williams and Caroline McGrath Williams and Katie Roberts.

 
On 30 January 2009 while walking on the bridle path at the Basin Terry spotted a dipper, while feeling quite pleased with himself, Terry was soon gazumped by the girls when an otter splashed out of a drainage pipe.
  
Let the Nature War begin!
 
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Great Spotted Woodpecker, nest site in wood above Victoria Terrace, taken at Pine Lodge

On one of the scorching hot days last summer I thought I heard the screeching of buzzards over the house, Pine Lodge, Dullatur. This was the image I saw, two birds tumbling through the air. Red Kites, I thought……… No, too far south. However as I watched them I was more convinced that I was correct. I phoned Norman Brodie, a resident of The Lane who is a life long bird watcher and whose son in law is an RSPB inspector in the Inverness area. He confirmed that what I was watching was indeed red kites from the Argaty site at Doune.

Red Kites are back in Central Scotland after 130 years.

On Thursday 2nd August 2007, I saw them again, soaring in the warm thermals over the village.

Click on to http://www.argatyredkites.co.uk/ for more information.

The above photographs are courtesy of Lynn Bowser 2005 (copyright)

And David Palmar & Chris Gomersall  http://www.rspb-images.com/

And the site page Copyright of 2005 Argaty Red Kites. All rights reserved.

 

                           

Keep your eyes open when you are out and about in the village it's amazing what you may see. Make your own list and compare it with Norman and Stuart's Dullatur bird list including Croy Hill and Forth & Clyde Canal
Compiled By Norman Brodie and Stuart Benn

Cormorant (occasional flying over)

Herring Gull

Black headed Gull

Grey heron

Greylag goose (flying over) 

Great Black-backed Gull

Mallard

Pink footed goose (flying over)

Mute swan 

Sparrowhawk 

Moorhen

Buzzard

Hen harrier 

Kestrel

Osprey (one record - flying south over the canal, autumn 2006)

Tawny owl

Pheasant 

Snipe

Woodpigeon 

Collared dove

Green woodpecker (rare now)

Swallow

Swift 

Great spotted woodpecker

House martin

Sand martin

Raven (Croy Quarry - has bred)

Carrion crow

Jackdaw

Rook 

Magpie

Great Tit

Blue tit

Coal tit

Long tailed tit

Dunnock 

Robin 

Tree creeper

Wren

Nuthatch (Three April's running [2004-6] on nuts)

Mistle thrush

Song thrush

Redwing

Fieldfare

Blackbird

Meadow pipit

Willow warbler

Skylark

Grasshopper warbler (Croy Hill) 

Blackcap

Chiffchaff

Stonechat

Goldcrest

Redpoll

Spotted flycatcher

Yellowhammer 

Siskin

Reed bunting (canal)

Pied wagtail

Grey wagtail

Chaffinch

 Linnet

Bullfinch

Brambling ( winter visitor)

Goldfinch

Greenfinch

House sparrow

Starling