In areas such as Inversnaid on the east shore of Loch Lomond, where woodlands rise steeply, giving way to open moorland, tree pipits, great spotted woodpeckers and wood warblers can be found.
The lush forests of Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Cowal support a good range of forest birds. Typical species include long-tailed and coal tits, chiffchaffs, wood, willow and garden warblers, jays, woodpeckers and woodcocks.
In the east, at Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Local Nature Reserve near Alloa, look out for great crested grebes, especially in springtime when they perform their special courtship dance. Wigeon, goldeneye ducks, the greater spotted woodpecker are also found and, if you’re really lucky, you might just catch sight of a kestrel hovering overhead in search of prey.
In the heart of the Trossachs, breeding ospreys can be seen at Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Aberfoyle, which has a camera trained onto an osprey’s nest, offering close up views of the parent birds with their chicks. Lochs Earn, Vorlich, Lubnaig, Eck and Voil offer rich pickings, with regular sightings of most of the common freshwater species such as wigeon, ducks, sandpipers, oystercatchers and ringed plovers.
Follow The Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail for the chance to see the incredible sight of these magnificent creatures prowl the sky, including peregrines, falcons and ospreys. You can even come face to face with Orla the golden eagle at the Bird of Prey Centre in Loch Lomond.
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