Birding on holiday at the Lake of Menteith

There is a fabulous array of birds to be seen at Lochend, from the Ospreys who fish in the lake all summer to the Tawny Owls who nest each year in the giant Scots Pine at the bend in the drive. Guests in our chalets, cabins and lodges beside the lake become very familiar with the resident heron, who fishes right in front of the chalets, occasionally flying off across the bay, squawking in his pre-historic way.

As for the ducks, they were wild once, before they worked out it was easier just hanging around everybody’s patios waiting for bread! Meanwhile, we also have swans, elegantly gliding from Lochend to their nest in the reeds across the bay, as well as bullfinches and tree-creepers, long-tailed tits and goldfinches, cormorants and buzzards, goldeneyes and great crested grebes. Bird and bat boxes are dotted about all over Lochend; recycled bird-feeders on the front of each chalet are busy in spring and summer with the chatter of finches and tits.

Here is a full check-list of birds seen so far at Lochend – 94 and counting. We have bird books in each chalet to help you identify what you see, and we’ll be really excited if you can add to the list.

Barn Owl Blackbird Black headed Gull
Blue Tit Bullfinch Buzzard
Canada Goose Carrion Crow Chaffinch
Coal Tit Collared Dove Common Gull
Common Tern Coot Cormorant
Corn Bunting Cuckoo Curlew
Dipper Dunnock Fieldfare
Garden Warbler Goldcrest Goldeneye
Goldfinch Goosander Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker Great Tit Greenfinch
Greylag Goose Grey Wagtail Herring Gull
Heron Hooded Crow House Martin
House Sparrow Jackdaw Jay
Kestrel Kingfisher Lapwing Lesser Black-backed Gull
Linnet Mallard Meadow Pipit
Muscovy Duck Mistle Thrush Moorhen
Mute Swan Nuthatch Osprey
Oystercatcher Partridge Peregrine
Pheasant Pied Wagtail Pied Flycatcher
Pink-footed Goose Pochard Raven
Red-breasted Merganser Red Kite Redwing
Robin Rook Sand Martin
Sandpiper Shag Siskin
Skylark Snipe Song Thrush
Spotted Flycatcher Sparrow hawk Starling
Swallow Swift Tawny Owl
Treecreeper Tree Sparrow Tufted Duck
Whooper Swan Widgeon Willow Tit
Willow Warbler Woodcock Wood Pigeon