Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Sleepy Slavs

Another cracking half day tour in Speyside, Capercaillie first thing after setting out to pick up John, then a Short Eared Owl on the Grantown road, this bird was doing brief spurts of display flight, really nice to see.

After picking John up at the excellent Grant Ams Hotel (home of the BWWC) we had a late visit to the local Black Grouse lek, no males were present but one female was perched halfway up a tree near to the lek site.

Next a visit to the Grant Arms hotel own private hide for Slavonian Grebes, both birds were present, however the water level is mega high and looks like the nest site may be washed out, hopefully it is still early enough for them to retry.

Next was Findhorn Valley were we obtained good, but distant, views of Golden Eagle and Ring Ouzel.

A final stop off at a local loch provided good views of Red Grouse, and Red Throated Divers plus an added bonus of a Cuckoo perched on a telegraph wire.

All in all a very succesful morning.

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