Divers are the highlight at this atmospheric spot
LOCHINDORB TRANSLATES as the ‘Loch of the Minnows’, but hopefully the fish are a bit bigger than that as some of the special birds found here will need a lot of minnows to fill their stomachs! The loch is full of history, with a castle built on a crannog (manmade island), once home to a notorious 14th Century lord known as the Wolf of Badenoch. Sadly, no wolves are around here now, but there are some amazing birds. The top species for most is the Black-throated Diver, which has a long history of using the loch. Tragically, in 2015, a fully grown youngster swallowed a fish with a hook and line attached. The bird was rescued but later died in care. Red-throated Divers can also be seen here, along with an assortment of ducks with both Wigeon and Red breasted Mergansers breeding, while Goldeneye and Whooper Swans use the area in winter. The surrounding moors add birds of prey, though there is still the problem of persecution, being a Red Grouse moor. Both Golden and White- tailed Eagles have been seen and 2014-15 saw a Rough-legged Buzzard using the area. Both Hen Harrier and Short-eared Owl have attempted to breed, but sadly never reached the fledging stage. Passing Ospreys use the loch and even a Hobby has been seen along with Merlin, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk. Waders breeding in the area include Golden Plover and Dunlin on the moors, while Common Sandpiper, Redshank and Oystercatcher can be found around the loch. Dunlin will come down to the loch to feed on the many insects, while Curlew and Lapwing look for the richer flushes along with Snipe. Both Stonechat and Whinchat are likely in summer, with Cuckoo filling the air with its call. The occasional Twite can be found along with Willow Warbler, Siskin and Crossbills in the woodland, with even a Woodcock likely as night falls and wails of the divers fill the air.
Black-throated Diver Golden Plover