The Angus Glens Moorland Group provide this useful checklist for visitors – there won’t be too many genuine ticks on the left hand side of the page and anyone ticking Redshank here ought to provide a photo of the bird to their local county bird recorder for verification.
103 bird species were not just recorded but were allegedly thriving on Glenogil estate in May this year. Really? I’ve asked to see the list, and evidence of thriving, as it must be quite something.
And there are more Golden Plover at Glenogil than in the whole of Germany – maybe. There aren’t very many GP in Germany – c22 pairs according to a BirdLife source near at hand to me (and I do wonder whether they are still there). By the way, as I look out of the window, my garden has more Goldfinches Carduelis carduelis than North America, South America and Antarctica combined.
But maybe the explanation for that long species list is that 86 species of raptor have been seen in the Angus Glens – of raptor? Wow! That’s very roughly every species of raptor that occurs in Europe and then double that number!
Angus Glens Moorland Group – your nearest Specsaver is in Forfar – please leave your guns at the door and form an orderly queue.