Water birds such as great crested grebes will carry their chicks on their back for protection, whilst other birds, such as skuas and gulls, will actively divebomb any intruder to keep them away from their young.
An exotic bird has been rescued after being attacked by a screech of gulls in a Fife town.
A summer visitor, the dotterel is a specialist of the arctic-alpine zone of high mountain plateaux above 2,800ft, its strongholds lying in the Cairngorms and adjacent mountains.
Madam, – I’d like to clarify the situation surrounding an article in The Courier (“Curlews face extinction”, June 4).
Curlews could be pushed closer to extinction following the suspension of a licence to shoot ravens, it has been claimed.
The cliffs at Fowlsheugh are packed with more than 130,000 breeding seabirds during the spring and summer months. It is the largest mainland seabird colony on the east coast of Scotland.
Wildlife experts have carried out the first ever puffin count on the island of Staffa, finding hundreds more birds than expected.
The ptarmigan eats the leaves and shoots of arctic-alpine heath plants, as well as insects in the summer. Crowberry is important and ptarmigan feast on their glossy black fruits in late summer.
The second osprey chick of 2019 at Loch of the Lowes reserve in Perthshire has hatched.
The first osprey chick of 2019 has hatched at a Perthshire nature reserve.