Monday 9th October

We set of with the promise of a dry morning. Our first stop was brilliant. Rutting stags, female and juvenile hen harrier. Kestrel and buzzard. Canada geese and mute swans. Just as good on our next stop with a male hen harrier, distant white tailed eagles, red deer, common seals and stonechats. Into the mountains for our coffee break. Two golden eagles flew across the hill in front of us. one landed and we managed to get the telescope on it. it was eating something and was being hassled by crows. giving a really good size difference. Our walk was in warm sunshine, echoing all around us were red deer stags calling. heads thrown back and braying to the wind to stake their territory. A golden eagle flying over the hill was joined by another. The call of a bull finch in the bushes. We never saw it. lots of little birds around. A mixed flock of blue tits, great tits and coal tits. all feeding on the cones. lunch stop and an otter eating a fish on an island. The weather started to change as we headed for home. A call from the back and a juvenile golden eagle over the hill. A cuppa and two white tailed eagles on the islands with common seals. possible otter but it disappeared. Our last stop and a distant golden eagle on a hill top. getting colder now so we decided to head for home as we have had a very good day. Jacqui