Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safaris, Guided wildlife excursions, Aviemore, Scotland
Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safaris, Guided wildlife excursions, Aviemore, Scotland

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The third week of January saw decent falls of snow in the Cairngorms region, and with the wind dropping ,(at last!) good number of people were able to enjoy the first snow sports opportunity of this Winter. Wildlife highlights included good views of a large flock (300+) of Bramblings (see pic), on local farmland-their blackish heads, orangey breasts and white rumps showing well as they whirled around in a close-knit flock, with a few Chaffinches, Goldfinches and Greenfinches for company.

Monday, January 08, 2007

January 2007
The first half of January was not perfect weather-wise for wildlife watching, with high winds and rain dominating. However, Bird highlights included: A beautiful Barn Owl on nearby farmland, a hunting Red Kite low over the A9, and a decent view through the scope of a Golden Eagle, all on the 2nd. A rare day of dry,cold weather on the 6th produced a decent day-list including a good, close view of 7 Whooper Swans on a flooded field close to the River Spey, a Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 4 Black Grouse on the moors at Dawn, and a close encounter with a gorgeous Mountain Hare, it's pure white winter coat making it very easy to pick out on the virtually snow-free slopes of a local glen!