Share

Send page link via Facebook Send page link via Twitter Send page link via WhatsApp

Published July 28, 2022

Burrowhead Holiday Village is a destination that’s perfect for lodge, caravan, motorhome and tent holidays. But besides its picture-perfect coastal location and the plethora of things to do, it also boasts a diverse fauna that’s sure to captivate visitors of all ages. 

In this blog, we’ll introduce you to the different feeder animals at Burrowhead that you might hear singing a song or two during your stay. This is a part of our ongoing series featuring the animals you can sight and live with here at Burrowhead in South West Scotland. Make sure to check out our other blogs so you don’t miss out!

On that note, here are our tiny, winged friends and their unique characteristics, plus some tips on telling them apart from the rest.  

Image via Unsplash

First on our list is the Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), a sociable finch with a distinctive red face and yellow wing patch. Its male and female species look very similar, with both sporting a bright red face, black and white head, white underparts, breast patches and black and yellow wings. 

You can sight goldfinches near scattered bushes and trees, on rough ground with thistles, or anywhere with seeding plants. They communicate with other goldfinches through their songs, often making a delightful medley of trills and twitters.  

Bluetit

Image via Unsplash

The Bluetit (Cyanistes caeruleus) is among the feeder animals at Burrowhead that you’ll easily spot during your stay. This colourful little bird has a plump, rounded body and wears a blue cap, black eye stripes, white cheeks, a yellow belly and blue wings and tail.

Bluetits have such a recognisable blue and yellow plumage, spotting them in the local area is also not much of a challenge because they’re well-adapted to towns and gardens. They are active feeders that drop by birdtables and peanut feeders as often as they hunt for insects in woodlands. 

Great Tit

Image via Unsplash

The diverse wildlife at Burrowhead also includes the Great tit (Parus major), the largest UK tit. They primarily reside in woodland areas but are also often spotted in parks and gardens, making them a regular visitor here at Burrowhead Holiday Village.   

Great tits sport a glossy black crown, nape and throat, a contrasting yellow breast, olive-green wings and pure white cheeks, making them easy to remember and spot. They also produce two-note chimes that can be heard throughout the year.

In winter, great tits flock with their cousins, the bluetits, as they forage for food in a mixed hunting party. They can be aggressive when feeding and nesting, fighting off smaller birds in the process. Great tits are also known for their intelligence, especially when it comes to discovering new ways to obtain food.  

Coal Tit

Image via Unsplash

The Coal tit (Periparus ater) is the smallest in the tit family that can be found in the UK. And while its kind is less noticeable than its larger relatives, coal tits are always a joy to spot and watch. As their name suggests, coal tits sport a characteristic black cap, black bib, white cheeks and a white rectangle on their bluish-grey backs. 

You won’t often find coal tits feeding near bigger, more dominant species due to their size. However, as one of the tamest feeder animals at Burrowhead, they may allow you to approach them within several feet before flying off.  

Siskin

Image via Pexels

Siskins (Spinus spinus) are colourful, agile birds as big as the bluetits. Male siskins have a bright yellow face and chest along with a black chin and cap, while female siskins sport a grey-green hue and without donning the black cap. 

Siskins breed from Southern England to Northern Scotland but they are most common in Scotland. You can easily find siskins sitting at the tops of trees or shrubs or visiting birdtables in the local area from March to May.   

Sparrow 

Image via Unsplash

Another bird making it onto our list of wildlife at Burrowhead is the sparrow (Passer domesticus). While they are now widespread species that can be found on almost every continent, watching them drop by birdtables or hearing their chirping calls still make any caravan holiday special. 

If you’re looking forward to spotting sparrows during your stay, watch out for cheerful birds with a black bib and face, a chestnut brown head, a grey cap and white wing bars. They nest in the roof outside the office and bar each year and if you are lucky, you will spot their young learning to fly! The female looks slightly different to the male with more of a dusky brown hue and greyish-white undersides, streaked backs and a pale brown crown. You may also see them feeding on buds, grains, nuts and even scraps, or hear them making repetitive chirps and cheeps. 

Starling

Image via Unsplash

Often mistaken as blackbirds, starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) actually sport glossy green and purple feathers that are always a sight to behold. They also have triangular wings that help them fly better, a pointed head and a short tail.  

Another interesting fact about starlings is that they’re incredibly good at mimicry. They are sociable birds that can imitate meadowlarks and jays, as well as warble, whistle, and even copy the sounds of flowing liquid. Unfortunately, this may also make it hard to determine whether you’re listening to a starling’s song or not. 

Chaffinch

Image via Unsplash

Whether you’re planning a stay or a holiday home ownership at Burrowhead Holiday Village, make sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for the Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs). These shy songbirds breed in gardens and farmlands but rarely feed on hanging feeders. Instead, they forage for seeds on the ground or eat insects, especially when their food source is scarce. 

Male chaffinches wear a blue-grey crown, a bright red or orange head and a rust-brown back. On the other hand, the female species sport fewer colours, featuring only a green hue from the head to its back and wings, plus grey-brown underparts.  

While the chaffinch is active during the daytime, it spends the night singing beautiful songs as it looks for food. And as one of the most musical of all the feeder animals on this list, you can look forward to their melodic whistles, trills, rattles and warbles in the company of chaffinches. 

Wake Up to Melodic Birdsong on Your Next Holiday

The picturesque views and the diverse wildlife at Burrowhead are waiting for you! And if you’re planning an adventure for the whole family or a holiday for you and your partner, arrange a tour today or explore holiday home ownership for a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. We look forward to welcoming you to Burrowhead Holiday Village soon!

Share

Send page link via Facebook Send page link via Twitter Send page link via WhatsApp

Recent Articles

Avatar

Family fun at Burrowhead

What to Eat at Burrowhead Holiday Village

Read more
Avatar

Local guide walks/attractions

Cockleshell Endeavour Visits Burrowhead during Fundraiser

Read more
Avatar

Local guide walks/attractions

The Best Hiking Trails near Burrowhead Holiday Village (Part 1)

Read more