I have been spending much of my free time at Baron’s Haugh looking for the arrival of the winter birds. These come from Scandinavia and settle in Scotland over the winter months when the weather is too harsh in Scandinavia.
The Whooper Swans have arrived and two pairs were seen swimming on the Haugh.
Flocks of Redwing were seen arriving at the Haugh and the Fieldfare are eagerly awaited.
Other birds seen at the Haugh include the Kingfisher which was seen on the River Clyde flying back and forth. Ravens were also spotted flying overhead, as was a male Sparrowhawk.
The birds at Baron’s Haugh now are:
Kingfisher, Goldeneye, Shoveller, Cormorant, Kestrel, Whooper Swan, Gadwall, Great Spotted WoodPecker, Redwing, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Widgeon, Perigrine and Goldfinches.
Regulars found all year round are the Lapwing, Mallard Ducks, Coots, Wren, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coat Tit, Robin, Mute Swans, Tree Creeper, Greylag Goose and Teal.
Baron’s Haugh attracts a large number of visitors and includes four large hides from which to observe the birds.
Entry to the Reserve is free of charge and there is free parking in the area. Dalzell Estate is adjacent to the Reserve and visitors can spend some time here as there are many other birds to observe.
A description of Dalzell Estate can be read here:
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First Bus no 245 travels round the Airbles estate.
At Junction 6 of the M74, take the road to Motherwell. Bear right at the next traffic lights sign posted to Wishaw. Turn right at the third mini-roundabout, and follow the road to the junction, turn left then immediately right to enter the reserve; the car park is on the right.
Grid Ref: NS 75560 55060