Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Scotland - Day 2

An early start saw us at Tulloch Moor where we enjoyed nice but distant views of lekking Black Grouse. There were also several Goldeneye on the small loch and plenty of Willow Warblers in song. We then decided to have a walk from Forest Lodgem, Abernethy to look for Crossbills. Soon Matt had located a small party which were all Common Crossbill except for a stonking adult male Parrot which performed well for us and called to announce it arrival. We also added Tree Pipit and Redstart here.

Black Grouse
After breakfast we made the journey towards Glenshee stopping at various points to see more Black Grouse, Red Grouse and a stonking 1st Summer White-tailed Eagle just outside Braemar.Other bits and bobs of note were Merlin, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Dipper and Grey Wagtail.

Next stop was Glenshee where we found a few stunning Ptarmigan at about half way up...You could see Mick still thinking it was too far! As we approached they were not fussed at all about our presence and let us snap away.

Ptarmigan - Glenshee

Ptarmigan - Glenshee
After we had got back from Glenshee we had arranged to go on a night stake out for Pine Marten. Sadly none of the little blighters turned up but we did get cracking views of Badger, Red Deer and Wood Mouse all down to a few inches.

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