Top of the Blogs – 2016

Here we have a round up of the top 10 most read blog posts from 2016, we hope you enjoy reading your favourites again or finding some new ones! Click on the titles to open links to the posts.

Tree sparrow (C Mike Snelle), Sparrowhawk, Peregrine falcon and Otter (C SWT)
Tree sparrow (c) Mike Snelle, Sparrowhawk (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust, Peregrine falcon (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust and Otter (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust

  1. 10 Facts About Wrens

Find out how many facts you already know about the most common breeding bird in the UK.

  1. What is the difference between a house sparrow and a tree sparrow?

Learn how to identify the elusive tree sparrow and where best to spot them.

  1. Goldcrest or firecrest?

Learn how to tell these birds apart in case you do ever come across the rarer firecrest!

  1. Identifying Birds of Prey 3

Read a comparison of two species of raptor (buzzards and red kites) and learn how to tell the difference between them.

Mistlethrush (C Airwolfhound), Red Kite (C Thomas Kraft), Buzzard (C Stuart Elsom) and Firecrest (C Isidro Vila Verde)
Mistlethrush (c) Airwolfhound, Red Kite (c) Thomas Kraft, Buzzard (c) Stuart Elsom and Firecrest (c) Isidro Vila Verde
  1. What bird sounds like a football rattle?

This bird flies in groups, likes woodlands and parks, feeds on mistletoe and is a member of the thrush family – can you guess what it is? Read the blog to find out if you are right.

  1. Do you know the difference between frog and toad spawn?

Do you know what you have in your pond? Also find out how to attract frogs and toads to your garden and the best place to put a new pond.

  1. An update on our peregrines and the peregrine watch

Read the update from March 2016 about the peregrine pair (sadly no peregrines replaced the ones we had in 2015, we are hoping a new pair will move in for 2017).

  1. Identifying Birds of Prey 1

Learn some handy hints for telling the difference between peregrines and sparrowhawks.

Wren (C Andreas Trepte), frog spawn (C Richard Bowler) and Peregrine Falcon (C Chas Moonie)
Wren (c) Andreas Trepte, frog spawn (c) Richard Bowler and Peregrine Falcon (c) Chas Moonie
  1. Mink or Otter?

Though they both live around water, eat similar foods and could be mistaken for the other at a distance, there are various features that set mink and otter apart – find out what they are by reading this blog.

  1. Can’t tell the difference between the falcon and tiercel?

Learn about sexual dimorphism in peregrine falcons.


From everyone here at The Falls of Clyde thankyou for reading and supporting our blog. We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year!

Rebecca Crawford – Falls of Clyde Assistant Ranger, Scottish Wildlife Trust
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