Started on Monday 20th April in grotty weather dipping the White-billed Diver at Torness and headed north via a fly-by Osprey to Cairn Gorm. Four Ring Ouzel gave cracking views around the car park and displaying Red Grouse were around the lower slopes.
|Displaying Red Grouse|
The rest of the day was spent in the woods around Loch Garten where we managed 4 Crested Tit, but all high in the trees and difficult to photograph. An Osprey flew over as we sat outside the chippy in Aviemore.
Golden Eagle 2 adults & a sub-adult
White-tailed Eagle 2 adults & a juvenile
Red Kite 1
Hooded Crow 1
Highlights were the 3 White-tailed Eagle in the air together mobbed by a Red Kite and last thing an adult Golden Eagle mobbed by a Merlin and a Peregrine. Also here were 2 singing Redstart, a Mountain Hare and 2 Brown Hare. The high tops were covered in Red Deer and wild goats were along the valley bottom.
|Wigeon in a woodland pool|
The afternoon was spent in the woods around Grantown hunting for Scottish Crossbill. No luck, just a single Common Crossbill and a couple of Tree Pipit.
This morning started at six with a walk around the Glenmore Forest where we had 7 Common Crossbill and 2 Tree Pipit. After breakfast it was back into the forest where we had stunning views of a male Capercaillie feeding just above our heads.
What a cracking few days and thanks to Andy for driving.