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Post Info TOPIC: DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY


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Many thanks - might try it this year.

We went to Mershead last year - great little reserve and top marks to the warden who push started my car after my son flattened the battery listening to the football on the radio with the heater full on!!

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Hi Rob,

The Golden Eagle site is on the minor road from Laurieston to Gatehouse Of Fleet.Park on the open road on the moorland and look north up the valley at approx.NX650 650.Its only worth going if the weather is clear and its worth giving it an hour or so as the Eagles are far ranging.Its only about 20mins away from the Red Kite feeding station.When I called a couple of weeks ago we had 40 Red Kites in the air at one time.Feeding time is 2pm,but the birds start gathering earlier than that,check out the trees around the farm.The area around Clatteringshaws Loch west of New Galloway has lots of conifer plantations along theA712 which can hold large nos. of Crossbills,worth checking if you have the time,the area just below the dam wall usually produces the goods.Pete

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The RSPB reserve Mersehead is also well worth a visit - very close views of Barnacles and all sorts of other birds.

Mike

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Pete,

Heading up to D & G for our annual trip to Caerlaverock in early December.

Would be interested in details of the Eagle site if possible as we usually have a trip out one day to make a change from looking for Lesser Canada's and the like.

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There's also a good site for Golden Eagle not far from the Red Kite trail,if anyone is thinking of going up there I know the area very well as I have a caravan on the shores of Luce Bay and spend a lot of my time up there..There's a good Harrier roost,lots of winter divers,Slavs and sea duck on Loch Ryan,plus all the geese except Beans.Its well worth a couple of days up there in the autumn or winter.Also as Paul says its birder free,you've got the whole county to yourself.If anyone wants any gen feel free to contact me.Pete Berry

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A great area in the winter for wild Greylag, Barnacle, Pinkfooted and Whitefonts.
Also Barn Owls and Red Squirrels near the hides alongside Loch Ken

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Had a break north of the border but its hard work up there..especially in a caravan with two kids, not a great deal found but had dipper, kingfisher, grey wagtail, buzzard and raven every day.
but had an excellent day out on the Galloway Kite Trail on the A762 near Laurieston take the B795 and a small farm on the left does a feeding station every day at 14.00 at least 25 kites seen on the day I went, views down to 20foot.
also buzzard and ravens pus good views of merlin.
worth a drop in if in the area never saw another birder the whole time i was there when out and about must be loads of stuff not seen, check out the New Naturlist book 101 Galloway and the Borders.

more seen at spurn in one day then my whole holiday list sorry I missed out.

stay happy and keep birding.

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