If it’s a still Highland night then you can be sure that the resident midge population will be making the most of spoiling it for you. 09/11/2020. Jim Sonia: 29-Nov-2012 23:29: Nice collection, many of these birds are not seen in the US. Their New World name – loons – kinda suits them. Whether on a train or exploring the coast on foot, setting sight on these grey wonders as they sparkle like silver near the sands is always a day maker. Another bird often recognised by people who aren’t interested in birds. This, as birdie folk can tell at a glance, isn’t the famous bonxie or great skua but the much less common arctic skua, in this case, a dark phase example. St Abbs also has easy viewing seabird colonies (though not breeding gannets). A few years back, not only would you have seen dotterel on the slopes of Cairngorm near Aviemore, (in spite of the area’s popularity and disturbance factor), but you could have observed them being stalked by a film crew from the popular BBC TV series ‘Springwatch’. Two more of our special Scottish birds are interesting but quite low profile – in as far as you have to go out and find them. If the breeding season is wet, if the chicks are tiny they get chilled and don’t survive. Best leave ’em in peace. My own second-favourite viewing place for them is at the River Spey estuary in Moray – the car-park at the road end (Tugnet) by Spey Bay. We retreated immediately, very rapidly. Credit: WTML . 03/11/2020. I’m now thinking my redpoll is a lesser redpoll on the grounds that it’s summer and the redpoll is a winter visitor. The red grouse is the most common grouse species in Scotland and is a game bird on many Scottish estates. Into this category I would put the two species featured on this bird-feeder picture, taken in Ullapool, in the north-west, in early summer. Common garden birds The most likely visitors to your garden are starlings, house sparrows, blackbirds, blue and great tits, robins, greenfinches and collared doves. Osprey, snow bunting, dotterel, great skua, Scottish crossbill, crested tit and several others are just some of the species especially associated with Scotland. View Parent Location Aberdeenshire Scotland. (In fact, you can see them from the car!). Birding Scottish Borders. The A-Z bird guides include identifying features, nesting and feeding habits, examples of songs and calls, as well as the conservation status of each bird. These medium-sized Scottish birds live on the uplands all year round, travelling very little. Think birds in Scotland and I suppose it is the iconic species you think of first: the golden eagle is probably the best known but paradoxically one of the least often seen. There is a string of spectacular seabird colonies all along the east coast – of which the highest profile are St Abbs, close to the A1 near the Border, then the famous Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, next Fowlsheugh south of Aberdeen, then Troup Head on the Moray Firth. There are perhaps 1000 individuals left. This is typical of dotterel, famed for their tameness. These are very much associated with Scotland. Basically, divers in Scotland are a funny, distant lot. The rural areas of eastern Scotland are good places to see the over-wintering flocks of grey geese of various species – Montrose Basin and Loch of Strathbeg can be spectacular. Hint: park at the top of the Bealach na Ba on the high road to/from Applecross and you might not have that far to climb. I’d prefer to be vague. During the mating season, aggressive males have been known to fight each other to death. Greater Short-toed Lark. More than 500,000 people from every corner of the UK took part in RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch in January counting birds. The great northern diver pictured below – heck, I hope it’s below – is scarcer still as a breeder. The Scottish Borders, often referred to simply as the Borders, is one of 32 local government council areas of Scotland. While watching birds in Scotland, no-one has ever been savaged by a crested tit or severely nipped by a crossbill that I know of. But they are hardly ‘in your face’ species. With few exceptions, if you see a golden eagle while you are still inside your car, and it’s sitting on top of a fence post – the eagle, I mean, not the car – then you’ve probably seen a buzzard, or ‘tourist eagle’. In any case, thanks to the Toilet Paper Trail (aka ‘North Coast 500’), the carpark at the top of the Bealach will probably be wall-to-wall campervans. Let’s face it, things aren’t looking very promising second time around for keeping its status amongst the birds in Scotland. (Actually, I’m not sure if knowing that does really help. The well-resourced RSPB visitor centre at Loch Garten in Strathspey is where even non-birdy visitors go to see this spectacular fish-hawk and pry into its domestic arrangements via close-circuit tv. Here are the ten most common birds spotted. I’ve also discovered that lesser redpolls like to hang out with siskins…. Finally, go on, admit it, you’d like to see some puffins in Scotland as well. From tiny ‘cresties’ to great big eagles, birds in Scotland are pretty high-profile. Vane Farm close to Edinburgh is another good place. Amongst the birds of Scotland, it’s not one of the luckiest. Then there are those Scottish birds that are associated with particular areas – for example the great skuas (or bonxies) of the northlands, and the divers (loons) undisturbed northern lochs. Plus there is often some disturbance from, uhmm, tourists. A boat-trip to one of their breeding colonies, say, the Bass Rock, east of Edinburgh is a ‘must-see’ Scottish wildlife experience, though there are other colonies, including Troup Head in Aberdeenshire, Noss and Hermaness in Shetland. The osprey has now re-established itself along lochs and rivers even beyond the Scottish Highlands. – I was behind the camera. My favourite of all place is just outside the back door, as illustrated. I’ve disturbed one on a summit ridge of an Argyll mountain, and watched another hunting on a plateau in the eastern Cairngorms. A bird in the sky in Scotland.jpg 4,032 × 3,024; 1.82 MB A confusion of rooks and gulls by the B9101 - geograph.org.uk - 645135.jpg 640 × 472; 102 KB A family of grouse explode from their heathery sanctuary. But that’s a digression, unless your name is Menzies (say ‘ming-iss’) or you live in Finzean (‘fing-in’), which coincidentally isn’t too far from the few capercailzies left in Deeside. The robin is one of the few birds to continue singing through the winter months. Statistically, amongst the birds in Scotland, it is likely to be a buzzard, far commoner than the golden eagle, which is bigger, usually darker, while the wingtips are more ‘feathered’ and the neck is a bit longer. There may be a trip in my future now that I have seen your photos I’ve seen them sitting tight on the Grampian tops and I once came across a wee flock – probably passing through, possibly Norway-bound – on the slopes of a big hill near Rannoch Moor one spring.