Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

Kindrogan, Perthshire

I've uploaded a trip report from my annual field course trip to Kindrogan in Perthshire. This year the Green Woodpeckers remained, with likely a second pair nearby, and Goshawk was observed again. Other highlights included Goosander, Golden Eagle, Woodcock, Tree Pipit, Dipper, Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and Common Crossbill.

Curlew  Numenius arquata
Glen BrerachanPerthshireScotland  56° 44' 40.5" N  03° 38' 25.5" W  12 June 2012

Bubbling song uttered during display flight over heather moorland, with two birds from 20 secs.

Tree Pipit  Anthus trivialis
Kindrogan Field CentrePerthshireScotland  56° 44' 45.8" N  03° 32' 49.7" W  11 June 2014

Perched song composed of a series of slow trills, the main phrase gradually decreasing in frequency. Flight song during parachuting display composed of a more complicated series of slow and rapid trills and more musical slurred elements delivered in discrete phrases. Note the distinctive down-slurred element from 8.1 to 5.7 kHz between 77.1 and 77.9 secs. Singing from a regenerating clear-fell area of Sitka Spruce in Kindrogan Hill.

Goosander  Mergus merganser
Glen BrerachanPerthshireScotland  56° 45' 21.5" N  03° 36' 32.9" W  12 June 2014 

Calls from a female in flight, circling potential breeding area.

Wood Warbler  Phylloscopus sibilatrix
KindroganPerthshireScotland  56° 45' 08.3" N  03° 33' 56.7" W  11 June 2014 

Two song types: more common trill (84% of songs in this bird), and less common tew-tew-tew (16%). Common song composed of distinctive accelerating trill, starting with hesitant elements (countable by ear), gradually decreasing in frequency to a rapid finish (uncountable to the ear). Second song type composed of musical, downslurred elements (at 28 secs in this recording). Singing from tree-fall area in a spruce plantation bordering sycamore/beech trees.