Group of Ornithologists spot thirty species whilst staying at Appletree Cottage
In late August this year (2017) a group of ornithologists came to stay in Appletree Cottage for four nights. During the days they were here they spotted thirty varieties of bird from the cottage.
Our guests enjoyed being able to sit inside in the warmth of the cottage and look through their telescopes and binoculars to scan the open countryside through the large picture windows.
The group also took advantage of some of local bird and wildlife sanctuaries at Gartocharn (south end of Loch Lomond), and at Aberfoyle.
Next time they hope to visit other nearby sanctuaries including Flanders Moss on the carse near Kippin and Inchcailloch, a beautiful island nature reserve on Loch Lomond with a regular passenger ferry service from Balmaha. Another treat would be to spot the hen harriers of Glen Fruin.
All of the above sites are within twenty minute drive from Appletree Cottage.
Slightly further afield is Inversnaid on the remote eastern shore of Loch Lomond and home to some black grouse and golden eagles. The spotting records our April visitors are detailed below...
Birds Spotted from Appletree Cottage 21-25 April 2017
Blackbird Blackcap Blue Tit Buzzard Carrion Crow Chaffinch Dunnock Goldfinch Great Spotted Woodpecker Great Tit Grey Wagtail Greylag Goose House Martin House Sparrow Jackdaw Lapwing Lesser Black-backed Gull Meadow Pipit Mistle Thrush Osprey Pheasant Pied Wagtail Robin Song Thrush Starling Swallow Treecreeper Wood Pigeon
Birds spotted at nearby wildlife sanctuaries (in addition to those previously spotted at Appletree Cottage). 21-25 April 2017
Bullfinch Canada Goose Chiffchaff Coal Tit Collared Dove Common Gull Goldcrest Goosander Greenfinch Grey Heron Herring Gull Hooded Crow Little Grebe Long-tailed Tit Magpie Mute Swan Oystercatcher Raven Redpoll Rook Siskin Tawny Owl Willow Warbler Wren