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Tel: (01540) 662328

 

Feeding the ducks and geese!
This is not the RSPB Reserve, this is Glebe Ponds at the East end of Kingussie,

 

 

Ruthven Steadings is in an elevated position
overlooking the RSPB Bird Reserve.

Insh  Marshes

This is one of the most important wetlands in Europe. In spring, lapwings,
redshanks
and curlews nest here. In Winter, the marshes flood, providing
roosting and feeding for flocks of whooper swans and greylag geese.
Up to
100 whooper swans arrive here in October from Iceland.

                                                          

Lapwings

Watch the nesting lapwings here chasing predators that may come too close
 to their nests or show too much of an interest in their chicks. The protective
 parents regularly give chase to crows and do not stop their 'mobbing' attacks
until the danger has passed.

Snipe

These cryptically-coloured waders can be seen here all year-round, with the
 greatest numbers in spring. Look for them probing their long beaks into
 the soft ground and around the edges of the lochans.

Redshank

Keep an eye out for the redshanks' towering display flights over the wet meadows
 in spring. They are sometimes known as 'the sentinel of the marshes' for their
noisy habit of drawing attention to predators.

Curlews

Curlews are large, brown wading birds with very long, curved bills. In spring,
 you can hear their gorgeous, 'bubbling' son
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Spring

Late winter wildfowl including Whooper Swans and Greylag Geese.  Hen Harriers hunt over the marshes.  Early Spring (May) is best for Breeding Waders including Lapwings, Curlews, Snipe and Redshank.  Ospreys fish in the loch.

Summer

Breeding Waders including Lapwings, Curlews, Snipe and Redshanks in June, but then quiet.  Ospreys fish in the loch.

Autumn

Arrival of winter migrants including Whooper Swans and Greylag Geese from Iceland.  Hen Harriers gather to roost.

Winter

Arrival of winter migrants including Whooper Swans and Greylag Geese from Iceland.  Wintering Ducks.  Hen Harriers gather to roost.

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We also had our own bird visitors this year as you can see below

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'Five swallow chicks '

They built their nest on our security light

 

E.Mail:  Ruthvensteadings@aol.com

Tel: (01540) 662328

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