Winter Wildlife tour 29th January
Expecting a lovely sunny day today. No such luck for the morning. Cold and heavy showers. Henry (our youngest guest on the tour) was on a mission with his spotters challenge and a request for an otter. The wind was very light helping us to see three otters at our first stop. they were busy fishing then they came out onto an island, lovely. Great northern divers, mallard, curlew, goosander and red breasted merganser. Next stop with more waders, divers and canada geese. Two adult white tailed eagles and one or two herons. Red deer on the hills. Cuppa, shortbread, white tailed eagles number 3 flying at distance, and number 4 sitting bedraggled on a hillock. Common seal and hen harrier sitting on a post. Wren popping in and out of the bushes. Heading for the Hills we stopped to look for golden eagles. An eagle appeared, first thought was a white tailed eagle, then we realised it was a young golden eagle with its white tail. the parents arrived shortly afterwards. These majestic birds flew around for some time. the young one dropped onto a rock so we got the scope out and had a lovely view, eventually losing them in the mist. We were getting ready for some lunch so we headed down to the loch for hot soup and sandwiches. Lovely great northern divers, a real treat of three common scoter and another wren next to a meadow pipit. A hen harrier on a post then it flew across in front of us and over the trees. Back in the bus we stopped next to lock beg to scan the shore as the tide wad on its way out. two otters fishing the river. Greenshank, redshank, common gull and of course oystercatcher, heron, and curlew. Another stop in the mountains on our way back. brief golden eagle over the cliffs. Keen to go for a short walk before we lost daylight we headed off to our next stop. A lovely walk, the sun was out and quite warm when sheltered. A distant golden eagle over the hills, probably one we saw earlier. Red deer on the hill top. Tea stop, Female hen harrier flying then perched on a post, lovely. Our last stop of the day, white tailed eagle in a tree and a lovely close stag. great way to end the day.