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Time spent at Deloraineshiel is a real treat for the senses. The sights and sounds, not just the lack of city noise, but the birdsong, especially in the mornings when you can also hear cuckoos, is a real treat. Even at night, the sounds of owls is heart warming as you relax under a starry sky.


Unfortunately, many local landowners are turning to commercial forestry planting, with poor planting methods and a lack of governance on approved planting plans, and massive scars for access roads on the hills, which is eroding the beauty of the hill tops and moors in the area, but most of the area around Deloraineshiel and Clearburn Loch have been spared, so far.


A recent guest and keen birdwatcher made a list of his birds spotted.


Birds seen in the fields around Deloraineshiel:

Chaffinch

Swallow

Wood Pigeon

Curlew

Siskin

Carrion Crow

Pied Wagtail

Dipper (in Thorniecleuch  Burn)

Buzzard

Meadow Pipin

Skylark

Robin

Oyster Catcher

Heron

Pheasant

Hare

Rabbit

Deer (in the field opposite the end of the track)


List of Birds seen in Craik:

Chaffinch

Bullfinch

Siskin

Meadow Pipin

Tree Pipin

Mute Swan

Dabchick

Currion Crom

Buzzard

Robin

Blackbird

Mallard Duck

Garden Warbler

Blackcap

Whinchat

Pied Wagtail

Whitethroat

Wood Pigeon

Osprey  (seen daily in May 2014)

Black Headed Gull

Red Grouse

Song Thrush

Gold Finch

Cuckoo

Grey Wagtail

Swallow

Roe Dear


Seen at St. Mary’s Loch:

Swallow

Robin

Blackbird

Carrion Crow

Mallard

Goosander

Osprey

Black Headed Gull

Common Sandpiper

Chaffinch

Oyster Catcher


Also seen around the cottage:

Barn Owl (nesting in the barn but not seen in 2014. In 2013 they had 4 chicks)

Black Pheasant

Foxes (not very popular with the farmers around these parts)

Swans (Alemoor)