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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pine Marten

The pine martens and badgers come to feeding spots in the Rothiemurchus estate.
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thornhill to Cairnryan via Ken Dee marshes

Light rain, sunshine and fairly calm.
Short pre breakfast trip to Monnack Valley for 5 ring ouzels.

En route to Ken Dee we saw greylag, merlin, red kite, buzzard, skylark. At Ken Dee we spotted shoveller,wigeon, teal, canada geese, lapwing, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker (H), willow warbler, meadow pipit, woodpigeon, chiff chaff and pied flycatcher.

Shoveller, oystercatcher, mute swan, redshank, black headed gull on Luce Bay.

Wood of Cree: treecreeper, pied flycatcher, garden warbler (H), siskin (H), willow warbler, chaffinch, reed bunting, grey heron.

During the trip we had been hearing reports of air traffic chaos due to an erupting Icelandic volcano.  The volcanic ash was being blown over the UK and Europe causing dangerous flying conditions. We had heard that most of Europe had cancelled flights. We thought that many would be using the ferry as a means to get home but it wasn't obvious that there were extras on the boat.
We had a great trip with easy going company and super weather. Thank you Garry for all the planning, your driving and your cheerful good humour.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nethybridge to Thornhill

A short dander to the Nethybridge produced a dipper, grey wagtail, siskin, blue tit, yellowhammer, great spotted woodpecker. There's an old railway line behind the houses which deserves a bit of investigation. Crossbills spotted along the road to Aviemore.

Searched the pinewoods near Loch Garten for crested tit but only saw treecreeper, coal tit, buzzard, siskin, gold crest, bluetit and chaffinch. A couple of the group saw crested tit at the Inverdruie fish farm.
 Casual visitors no longer welcome at the Inverdruie fish farm to see the ospreys feeding. Organised photography access and guided nature visits with the warden only. Tickets available at the Rothiemurchus visitors centre
The gatekeeper in Loch an Eilein said the crested tits hadn't been seen for a week. Saw a red squirrel again. .
Stopped at Aviemore Tesco for supplies then headed South.

House of Bruar 10m N of Pitlochry. Huge restaurant. Millions of people gnashing away!! Good shopping for cashmere, outdoor clothing, toys, antiques, deli and Clan Donaghy museum. Those who wish to can walk up to the Falls approx 2 miles. Robbie Burns has written about the Falls of Bruar.

Light drizzle.Next stop Errol on North bank of Firth of Tay.
Errol is East of Perth, on the Firth of Tay. Drive through a farm yard East of Errol village and eventually come to a motocross track and a waterworks. Look over the largest commercial reedbeds in Britain. If you are lucky you can see bearded reedlings, bittern and marsh harrier. Some of us saw the former and everyone saw the latter.

Onwards to Leadhills and Mennock Pass for Ring Ouzels and eventually spotted four birds.... And it wasn't raining!!!
And we spotted this strange looking human who proves that birders aren't the only oddities!!

Hotel in Thornhill was lovely!