Saturday, 23 April 2016

Scotland 2016 day one

I drove up to Cumbria yesterday staying at Tebay services last night in order to get a shorter run this morning as I made my way up through the Highlands to Laggan where I'm staying with my good lady for a week. The dog had a good run on the shore of Loch Lomond before we made our way up to Oban for lunch stopping to enjoy fifteen Black Guillemot in the harbour and sharing a sandwich with the local Hoodies. Eider were seen here too for my second year tick of the first day.

Black Guillemot
Black Guillemots at Oban

The drive from Oban to Laggan was uneventful but arriving at the cottage we were stunned by the beauty of both the cottage and the view from it over the snow covered mountains.

The garden feeder has upwards of twenty Chaffinch and Siskin with Coal, Great and Blue Tit also feeding. Pheasants are using the garden to feed and at least three Willow Warbler are flitting about in the bushes from the kitchen window along with Robin and Wren. A Raven keeps flying over from the hills behind and Oystercatchers are calling from the fields in front. You could say it's a good spot!

The Cottage

The View

Year list now 202

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