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

Sunday, February 18, 2007

February started as January had finished, with cold snowy conditions, but by the second week most of the snow had melted in the much milder conditions. Early feb wildlife highlight was a good dawn sighting of a male Capercaillie, seen taking grit from a forest track before very casually and surprisingly elegantly, melting into the deep undergrowth - a wonderful (& very rare!) experience.
Other notable sightings included more regular views of Crossbills and Crested tits, perhaps evidence of the onset of the breeding season? Further evidence of Spring's approach was the growing numbers of Lapwings seen on their traditional breeding grounds, and a noticeable increase in birdsong particularly at dawn.