Monday, 25 April 2016

Scotland 2016 day three

Snowing on and off all day with strong northerly winds but bright blue skies in between the snow showers.....only in Scotland.

We birded around Laggan early this morning finding Redwing, Fieldfares and Mistle Thrush locally before eventually finding Black Grouse. At Loch Garten we failed to find Caper again but had another Crested Tit high up in the trees in the car park area. As we moved on to Cairngorm I wasn't too hopeful as the cloud was quite low and the snow still falling but being close enough we gave it a go and luckily the skies brightened as I made my way up. A Ring Ouzel buzzed over the old ski lift before I found a single Ptarmigan that gave itself up with a short flight. A small flock of Snow Bunting had been reported but didn't show whilst we were there. The Temperature was minus six and minus 19 allowing for the windchill putting off all but the hardiest souls.

Coal Tit
Chaffinch
Chaffinch
Pheasant
Redwing

Year list now at 209


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