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Cygnus House and Adjacent Land (from the garden) Observations April 2003 to current date. Species total currently stands at 141.

Scientific Name
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata Regular August/May
Slavonian Grebe
Podiceps auritus
Present September/May
Northern Fulmar
Fulmarus glacialis
Uncommon usually in NE winds
Northern Gannet
Morus bassanus
Uncommon all year
Great Cormorant
Phalacrocorax carbo
Regular all year
Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Fairly common at high tide
Grey Heron
Ardea cinerea
Mute Swan
Cygnus olor
Whooper Swan
Cygnus Cygnus
Large numbers October then family groups until May
Pink-footed Goose
Anser brachyrhynchus
Present October/May
Greenland White-fronted Goose
Anser flavirostris
Regular March/April. Three October 2008.
Greylag Goose
Anser anser
Present October/May
Snow Goose
Chen caerulescens
1 in March 2004 (white phase). A blue phase bird in October 2007.
Canada Goose
Branta canadensis
Present July/October only
Barnacle Goose
Branta leucopsis
Regular in goose flocks October/May
Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Branta bernicla hrota
Occasional in October. Sightings in 2004 & 2005 and up to 30 in October 2008.
Tadorna tadorna
Common October/July
Eurasian Wigeon
Anas penelope
Abundant in autumn, less so December through to May
American Wigeon Anas americana Drake present at high tide January 2011
Anas crecca
Present September/May
Anas platyrhynchos
Resident with more in winter
Northern Pintail
Anas acuta
Scarce with 1-2 birds in winter
Greater Scaup Aythya marila c40 resident increases to c350 in winter
Tufted Duck
Aythya fuligula
Scarce in winter
Greater Scaup
Aythya marila
All year with a regular flock of 40
Common Eider
Somateria mollissima
Long-tailed Duck
Clangula hyemalis
Numbers peak in early May (hundreds). Small groups observed from garden October/April
Common Scoter
Melanitta nigra
Scarce in winter
Common Goldeneye
Bucephala clangula
Not uncommon at high tide in winter. Small flocks April and May
Red-breasted Merganser
Mergus serrator
Resident with large numbers of non-breeding birds June/August
Common Merganser
Mergus merganser
1-2 birds present all year
Pandion haliaetus
Flies over regularly April/September. Two pairs breed nearby.
Pernis apivorus
Singles autumn 2006 and September 2008.
Red Kite
Milvus milvus
Uncommon seen in all months
White-tailed Eagle
Haliaeetus albicilla
Juvenile in October 2003
Hen Harrier
Circus cyaneus
Uncommon with 3-5 sightings a year usually between November/April.
Marsh Harrier
Circus aeruginosus
Juveniles in October 2004/2005
Accipiter nisus
Resident visiting the bird feeders. Can be scarce in summer
Northern Goshawk
Accipiter gentiles
Observed 1-2 days a year usually in autumn. Female seen on 5/2/11
Buteo buteo
1-2 pairs breed nearby
Eurasian Kestrel
Falco tinnunculus
1 pair resident. Up to three birds in winter.
Falco columbarius
Regular October/May
Eurasian Hobby
Falco subbuteo
2 records since 2003, with one in May 2008.
Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus
1 pair in Cromarty Firth. Seen on an almost daily basis hunting ducks and waders
Red-legged Partridge
Alectoris rufa
Pair in summer 2004
Phasianus colchicus
Resident, visits bird feeders daily
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix 1 singing and on territory June 2010
Eurasian Oystercatcher
Haematopus ostralegus
Large roost visible from garden
Northern Lapwing
Vanellus vanellus
Resident with an influx in winter
European Golden-Plover
Pluvialis apricaria
Present August/May from the garden
Common Ringed Plover
Charadrius hiaticula
Regular at high tide roost
Black-tailed Godwit
Limosa limosa
Icelandic race seen on a regular basis April/May. Scarce in winter
Bar-tailed Godwit
Limosa lapponica
Common, often in large numbers July/May
Eurasian Whimbrel
Numenius phaeopus
Often heard at night in April/May and again July/September. Occasionally seen in adjacent fields
Eurasian Curlew
Numenius arquata
Observed daily with peak numbers in winter
Common Redshank
Tringa totanus
Present August/May
Common Greenshank
Tringa nebularia
Peaks April/May and again from July/October. Uncommon in winter.
Common Sandpiper
Actitis hypoleucos
Regular from April/July on track burns
Ruddy Turnstone
Arenaria interpres
Scarce in winter usually 2-4 birds at high tide
Eurasian Woodcock
Scolopax rusticola
October is the best month, with 19 in 2007. Often flushed from track ditches
Common Snipe
Gallinago gallinago
Present in lower garden and adjacent fields September/April. Regularly drums in April at night
Jack Snipe
Lymnocryptes minimus
Small numbers in adjacent field in winter. October is best
Red Knot
Calidris canutus
At high tide roost July/May
Calidris alpina
Present from July/May
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 1, April 29th 2013
Philomachus pugnax
Single birds 2003/2004
Pomarine Skua
Stercorarius pomarinus
1 October 2005
Arctic Skua
Stercorarius parasiticus
Regular in spring and late summer
Common Gull
Larus canus
Very common all year
Herring Gull
Larus argentatus
Common in winter. Non-breeders in summer
Lesser Black-backed
Larus fuscus
Present April/September 1-2 birds only
Great Black-backed Gull
Larus marinus
Resident usually juveniles
Glaucous Gull Larus Hyperboreus One record. Spring 2007
Black-headed Gull
Larus ridibundus
Little Gull
Larus minutus
1 March 2005
Black-legged Kittiwake
Rissa tridactyla
Occasional in NE winds (autumn) c5 records since 2003
Sandwich Tern
Thalasseus sandvicensis
Mainly July/October, with a light spring passage
Common Tern
Sterna hirundo
Early May until August. Fishes in bay and sometimes in burns
Arctic Tern
Sterna paradisaea
Early May until October. Seen from garden on a regular basis
Wood Pigeon
Columba palumbus
Resident but may be scarce in winter
Eurasian Collared Dove
Streptopelia decaocto
Resident using bird tables. Highest count is 24
Common Cuckoo
Cuculus canorus
Often in lower garden April/May
Barn Owl
Tyto alba
1 pair resident, best seen in winter
Eurasian Tawny Owl
Strix aluco
1 pair resident, noisy at night. Often sits on house roof
Common Swift
Apus apus
Peaks July, otherwise scarce from May - August
Great Spotted
Picoides major
Resident with 2-3 pairs breeding. Brings young into garden June
Alauda arvensis
Several pairs breed on adjacent fields. Flocks on entrance track in winter
Sand Martin Riparia riparia Scarce migrant April and September
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica
1-2 pairs breed in our garage. Common mid-April/end September
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica 1 November 2009. First record for the Highlands
House Martin
Delichon urbica
Has attempted to breed on the house. Uncommon May/October
Grey Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea
Single birds in the garden usually September/October
White Wagtail
Motacilla alba
Regular migrant in spring (April/May) Pied Wagtails breed 1-2 pairs
Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava Adult male late April 2013
Meadow Pipit
Anthus pratensis
2-4 pairs nest in lower garden. Abundant in September/October
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 1-2 records each spring
Bombycilla garrulus
10 on 23/02/09. 59 in November 2008. 140 October 2010
Troglodytes troglodytes
2-3 pairs breed in the garden
Prunella modularis
1 pair breeds. Numbers increase in winter
Eurasian Blackbird
Turdus merula
3 pairs breed on a regular basis. Increases in winter
Turdus pilaris
Common September/April. Often on apples in garden
Turdus iliacus
Abundant September/April. Sometimes sings in garden (April)
Song Thrush
Turdus philomelos
1-2 pairs breed. Often absent October/March
Mistle Thrush
Turdus viscivorus
Visits garden September/April. In October the entrance track holds small flocks
Erithacus rubecula
2 pairs breed. Higher numbers in winter
Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Migrants in May 2003/2006
Saxicola rubetra
Usually seen on lower garden fenceposts in May and September
Saxicola torquata
1 pair nests in lower garden or nearby
Northern Wheatear
Oenanthe oenanthe
Common on fields, entrance track and lower garden April/May less so from August until September
Grasshopper Warbler
Locustella naevia
2 pairs nested for the first time in 2006. Present again in 2007
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris 1 September 2008.
Sedge Warbler
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
1 pair regularly nests in the lower garden or adjacent field
Sylvia atricapilla
Visits bird table April/September. Nests nearby
Sylvia communis
2 pairs breed. Arrives May departs mid-September
Willow Warbler
Phylloscopus trochilus
1-2 pairs breed. Regular in and around garden April/October
Phylloscopus collybita
Single records from October 2005/2006
Regulus regulus
Visits garden September/May
Spotted Flycatcher
Muscicapa striata
1 pair breeds. Uncommon usually seen mid-May/September on lower garden posts and bushes
Long-tailed Tit
Aegithalos caudatus
Uncommon resident. Seen infrequently throughout the year
Coal Tit
Periparus ater
Common on feeders September/April
Great Tit
Parus major
Blue Tit
Cyanistes caeruleus
Certhia familiaris
Occasional in garden 1-2 sightings a year
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius First record Feb 2009
Eurasian Jackdaw
Corvus monedula
Flying over. Visits bird tables with young during summer
Eurasian Rook
Corvus frugilegus
Passes over in large flocks
Carrion Crow
Corvus corone
1 pair breeds on old tree. Regular on nearby fields
Hooded Crow
Corvus cornix
Common on lower garden and adjacent fields
Common Raven
Corvus corax
Increasing records. Observed from the garden on a regular basis
European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris
Resident in small numbers. Increases in winter
Emberiza citronella
Resident with several pairs breeding along track and lower garden. Up to 16 in winter flocks.
Reed Bunting
Emberiza schoeniclus
3-4 pairs bred in 2006. Small flocks in winter. Attends feeders
Snow Bunting
Plectrophenax nivalis
1 record of c20 birds in winter 2006
Common Chaffinch
Fringilla coelebs
Fringilla montifringilla
Should be frequent …….up to 25 birds in cold winters
Carduelis chloris
Common at feeders all year
Eurasian Siskin
Carduelis spinus
Common on feeders March/September. Absent or scarce at other times
European Goldfinch
Carduelis carduelis
Regular visitor to feeders
Common Redpoll
Carduelis flammea
Visits lower garden in winter (snows) to feed on dock heads
Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret On feeders April 2013
Acanthis flavirostris
Often on entrance track all year round
Acanthis cannabina
Common in fields and lower garden
Eurasian Bullfinch
Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Often seen in winter including ‘Northern’ races
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 2 on feeders April 2013
House Sparrow
Passer domesticus
Uncommon resident
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus
Up to 20 on feeders all year. 1-2 pairs nest
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