Scotland Trip – Days 2-5 – 19-22/xii/14

The rest of the holiday didn’t really involve much birding. During the journey from Edinburgh to the highlands on day two a few Red Grouse and Ravens were seen.

A short wander in Deshar Wood near Boat of Garten on day three produced brief views of a Crested Tit with plenty of the more common woodland species. In the evening, I spent an hour at Insh Marshes when about fourty Whooper Swan were seen on the floods. This was my 200th species of the year which was a nice moment as it’s a target I’ve been aiming for for a while. Plenty of Wigeon and a couple of Redpoll made up the supporting cast.

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Due to the poor weather conditions, no birding was done on day four, but this was made up for by a visit to Loch Garten RSPB on the morning of day five. There were plenty of common woodland species here too (including a Great Tit which landed on the end of my camera!). The highlight was a couple of Crested Tits which showed very well, feeding on the ground under the feeders giving an opportunity for a bit of photography. These rounded off the short break nicely.

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