Tests on a bird of prey found dead on Sheriffmuir, near Stirling, have revealed that the animal was poisoned.

A buzzard
The buzzard was found by a member of the public in September

The buzzard was found by a member of the public in September.

Police said they were treating the incident as an “intentional killing” after tests proved the bird had ingested poison.

They have appealed to visitors to the Ochil Hills and the Sheriffmuir area to contact them if they have any information about the killing.

Police Insp Gerry McMenemy said:

“The buzzard was found by a member of the public and subsequent investigations proved the bird had been killed by ingestion of poison.

“We are treating the incident as an intentional killing of a protected bird and are appealing for anyone who has any information that may be relevant to this crime to contact us.”





We hope you like our cuckoo film ,

After meeting up with Raymond on the Sherrifmuir above my home in Dunblane,   and after photographing a cuckoo over the past couple of days, where I managed to get  some nice still shots , I  was still looking for some good film footage.

Ray had come to my rescue,  after a discussion between us I informed Ray to get his film camera ready as I was going to call the cuckoo in with an old trick of mimicking the cuckoos call !  first time as well as you can see on the film.

I successfully called the cuckoo in to our location and Raymond as usual got superb film of it with the added bonus of a chaffinch mobbing it.

Well done Ray,
Job done
We now have a Scottish cuckoo whisperer ha ha.ha.!!!!!!!!!!!



Some Of The Photos I Took.


Indian Eagle Owl Starts New Life in Scotland

A Three -week-old Indian Eagle owl has flown the nest from his birthplace in England, and has started a new life in a West Lothian country park.

Rocky, the Indian Eagle owlet, with a feathery friend at Polkemmet. Picture: SWNS
Rocky, the Indian Eagle owlet, with a feathery friend at Polkemmet. Picture: SWNS

Owlet ‘Rocky’, whose origins lie in Nepal, near the Himalayan Mountains, is also known as the Rock Eagle Owl – hence his name – and arrived at the Polkemmet Country Park in West Lothian, where he is surrounded by many other owls from Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

Rocky, who was born bald like all baby owls, will have feathers in a few weeks time, enabling him to fly.

Unlike humans, who take around 20 years to become adults, Rocky will be around the same size as his parents within 10 weeks, according to Rod Angus, owner of the Scottish Owl Centre.

The young owl will eventually grow to be the same size as a buzzard.

Rocky will be trained for displays at the centre, once he has grown accustomed to his new surroundings and settles in to his new home.

Swan Diary #1 ~ Swans and Ducks



The mute swan is a very large white waterbird. It has a long S-shaped neck, and an orange bill with black at the base of it. Flies with its neck extended and regular slow wingbeats. The population in the UK has increased recently, perhaps due to better protection of this species. The problem of lead poisoning on lowland rivers has also largely been solved by a ban on the sale of lead fishing weights. Some birds stay in their territories all year, while others move short distances and form winter flocks. In cold weather, some birds arrive from Europe into eastern England.

Where to see them

Breeds across most of the UK, other than in northern Scotland, mid-Wales and the moors of south-west England. Possible to see anywhere there is a shallow lake, or a slow-flowing rivers, even in urban areas and parks.

When to see them

All year round

What they eat

Water plants, insects and snails.





This very grey-coloured dabbling duck, a little smaller than the mallard, and with an obvious black rear end. It shows a white wing patch in flight. When seen close up the grey colour is made up of exquisitely fine barring and speckling. It nests in low numbers in the UK and is an Amber List species.

Where to see them

Visit gravel pits, lakes, reservoirs and coastal wetlands in winter. To see breeding gadwalls look in the shallow edges of lakes and gravel pits where there is vegetation – mainly in the Midlands and south-east of England, eastern central Scotland, eastern Northern Ireland and the south-east of Ireland, and south-east Wales.

When to see them

Anytime of year, but chances are better in winter when numbers increase as birds migrate to spend the winter in the UK, away from harsher continental weather.

What they eat

Stems, leaves and seeds.

Starling numbers ‘at 30-year low’

Starlings are famous for their winter displays, which are known as murmurations

The RSPB‘s annual wildlife survey has recorded the lowest number of starlings in UK gardens for 30 years.

Since the Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979, the average number of starlings spotted by participants has dropped from 15 to just three.

Although the species was the number two “most spotted” bird, it was seen in fewer than half of UK gardens.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) confirmed that starlings were a “conservation concern”.

The RSPB and its partners are currently carrying out research to find out the reasons behind the decline.

As Dr Rob Robinson from the BTO explanied, studies so far point to a decline of traditional, established pastures as a major threat to the birds.

Intensively farmed land, he told BBC Nature, made it more difficult for the birds to find their favourite food – cranefly larvae that live in undisturbed soil.

“These days, farmers are tending to cultivate in short rotations,” he explained, “putting a field down to grass for three to five years and heavily fertilising it.

“Another factor… is harvesting efficiency. Thirty years ago, the farmer would leave 1% of grain on the field. But now the harvesting efficiency is 99.9%, which leaves very little for the birds.”

In England, conservation groups including the RSPB and the BTO are working with Natural England to provide advice for environmental stewardship schemes. These schemes provide funding for farmers in England to deliver effective environmental management on their land.

Another problem that has been highlighted is a change in modern building design; starlings often nest in cavities and crevices in old buildings.

“They’re very noisy and messy, so many people block up those spaces to prevent them nesting,” explained Dr Robinson.

He suggested that “a very positive thing” people could do to help the birds would be to put up nesting boxes.

The RSPB said that more people took part in this year’s survey than ever before, with almost 600,000 people counting more than nine million birds of 70 different species.

The charity said the survey was a very useful “snapshot” of the health of British birds.

North Third Fishery Closed For The 2012 Season

View from North Third Cliffs

Due to proposed works to the dam wall North Third Trout Fishery, will not be able to open for the 2012 season.

Scottish Water need to carry out major repair and upgrading work to the dam wall. This will apparently involve reducing the water level to such an extent that it will be simply impossible for the fishery to function.

Fishery bosses said they appreciate that for many anglers this is very short notice, as the fishery was due to open on March 15 2012.

“However, we have been desperately trying to find some way round this problem. Scottish Water has also not yet been able to confirm the actual start date of the work, the full amount of draw down and how long work will continue during 2012,” – said a spokesperson.

They would like to apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment.

It is intended to re-open the fishery for the 2013 season.

 Official North Third Trout Fishery Site