Photo Gallery

A few of the species that can be expected in the Collieston area, most photographed locally:

Slavonian Grebe, regular, but scarce visitors to the local lochs

Pink-footed Geese, go through the area in large numbers

A very occasional record on Cotehill and Meikle-Ring-necked Duck. This bird spring 2013. Pics courtesy Pete Shepherd.

Garganey, recorded most springs in variable numbers

Long-tailed Ducks, on the sea and lochs in small numbers

Manx Shearwater, Regular from Spring into Autumn

Turnstone, one of the commoner waders on the local shoreline

Purple Sandpiper , small numbers mostly in winter


Green Sandpiper


2W Iceland Gull

Adult Kittiwake

Puffin, a few pairs on the inaccessible clifftops in the area 
Long-eared Owl, photo Jack and Lynda

Short-eared Owl, R.Leuchers

Skylark, present throughout the area, but density gradually decreasing

House Martin

Common Stonechat

Rock Pipit, best seen at Cransdale Head
Rock Pipit

Meadow Pipit , common all year round

Pied Wagtail, Slains pools 

White Wagtail, Meikle Loch

Spring male Bluethroat, rare in the area in the last decade

Spring adult Grasshopper Warbler, less than annual in the immediate area. No recent breeding records from Collieston and Slains.


Willow Warbler, Sandloch

Barred Warbler, virtually annual now
Yellow-browed Warbler,now multiple records each year. Photo courtesy C.Cronin,
Northern Wheatear-Spring Male

Northern Wheatear- Autumn Female or 1st Year Male


Tree Sparrow, numbers of breeding birds have risen dramatically in the last decade or so.


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