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Bird watching

Bird watching

The immediate area surrounding Eagle Brae is a birdwatching haven. Most British raptors are present locally, especially golden eagle, osprey, red kite, merlin, buzzard, hen harrier, sparrow hawk, kestrel, peregrine falcon, barn owl and tawny owl.


Some unusual ducks and divers can be found in the rivers and large lochs. Species include goosander, red breasted merganser, black-throated diver, common scoter and goldeneye. In the spring and summer the mountain tops echo with the breeding calls of dotterel, golden plover and ptarmigan, and on the moorland black grouse, skylarks, snipe, meadow pipits and whinchat can be heard.


Greenshank and little grebe visit the small hill lochs, whilst at the riverside on the floodplain large numbers of reed bunting, sand martins, sandpipers, dippers and the occasional elusive kingfisher can be spotted.


In the pinewoods the nationally rare but locally common crested tit and Scottish crossbill are in abundance, as are other species such as goldcrest, coal tit, siskin, bullfinch and redstart. In the birchwoods you can find great-spotted woodpecker, blackcap, spotted flycatcher, wood warbler, tree pipit, woodcock and treecreeper together with our more common finches and tits.