Eagle in the rain

Published: 1st March 2015

Out in the pouring rain this morning, just to get fresh air and exercise. Amazed to see golden eagle and a pair of ravens above Beinn Bhann. Break in clouds just enough to get a quick glimpse. Only other wildlife was a blue tit! but did hear a dipper flying upstream. Back at Glenloy Lodge bird feeders have been re-colonised again after a break away last week. Sparrowhawk making several passes each morning, so must be hungry. Pine martens also must have missed us as they appeared within minutes of our return. Three or four are still coming to be fed in the evening.

Back down to Lancashire visiting family. Had an afternoon out at a local nature reserve – Mere Sands, run by LWT. Pleased to get a bird tally of 50 species in a couple of hours, including tree sparrow, nuthatch, kingfisher, little egret, and a good variety of ducks. Lovely views of shelduck, great-crested grebes, tufted ducks and teal. Surprised by the sheer volume of birds in the woods – great to see. Somewhat trumped by a marsh tit on my sister’s bird feeder, literally a few feet from her door – not a bird we see in this part of Scotland.

On the way back up north had a couple of days on the Solway coast. Saw huge numbers of barnacle geese, scattered widely about the fields and merse, with skeins continually yipping their way over. There was also good herds of whooper swans, particularly around Caerlaverock. Picked up yet more nuthatch – surely a matter of time before they make their way up to the oakwoods around Glen Loy. Truly foul day on the Sunday, but still managed to see quite a few waders, including a nice little flock of ringed plovers and dunlins on a rather wet and windy stroll during the better part of the day! Relieved to see that inclement weather is not limited to the Highlands, but will be glad to see some spring sunshine.