Crook of Baldoon

Crook of Baldoon

Crook of Baldoon
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Crook of Baldoon

  • Walk on the Wildside

    It is that time again Autumn is here marking the transition from Summer to Winter, deciduous trees shedding leaves offering a spectacle of colours and wintering birds coming in by the numbers. The remnants of hurricane Gonzalo have been and gone and we have finally had a clear day here at the Crook of Baldoon just in time for a guided walk at reserve 'Walk on the Wildside'; during which we have been joined members and non members from our local community for a brilliant show from wintering avian visitors. Flocks of Redwing scouring hedgerows for hawthorn berries joined by linnet, goldfinch and a Merlin watching over them. We also had the opportunity to witness flocks of golden plover flying in tight formations wings twinkling in the sunshine all in the company of lapwing, dunlin and female hen harrier gliding at the edge. This followed by 8 whooper swan in flight with their characteristic honking voice, pink-footed geese flying in V-formations, redshank, curlew, grey heron and teal dabbling in the wetlands. The walk ending back at the Crook of Baldoon car park with a starling murmuration fading away and leaving us with a beautiful view of Wigtown, the Cairnsmore of fleet and the Merrick.
  • What have we been up to

    On National Moth Night we have organised a ‘Moth and Bat Night’ during which Paul the warden for the Crook led a walk at the reserve discussing moths, echolocation and the importance of bats to our natural habitats. The night started by setting up a moth trap after which we got our bat detectors in search of bats. By the end of the night we managed to spot a good number of common pipistrelles (41-52kHz) and soprano pipistrelles (50-64kHz). The moth trap set earlier offered a diversity of moths including; poplar hawkmoths, scorched wing, clouded border and 2nd generation snout. We are also pleased to have a cuckoo at the Crook of Baldoon for the fifth consecutive day. Finally, the view of Wigtown Bay from the visitor centre at the top of the county buildings is simply stunning. Goldfinches, siskins, chaffinches and starlings at the feeders, swallows, house martins and swifts in numbers as well as buzzards and peregrine being sighted from time to time,soaring the skies.
  • Bird Sightings

    Four Buzzards and a Peregrine spotted from the Visitor Centre today.