It was great to return to Speyside for the first time since 2019 and what a time we had!
Although the weather wasn’t the best, we enjoyed some of the best birding in this amazing location.
The Caledonian Pine Forests held CRESTED TIT, COMMON REDSTARTS, RED CROSSBILLS and it was good to catch up with Speyside specialities, namely OSPREY, BLACK GROUSE, HORNED GREBE, RING OUZEL, GOLDEN & WHITE-TAILED EAGLES, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, WILLOW PTARMIGAN and SNOW BUNTINGS.
The coastal birds included 280 GREATER SCAUP, 100+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON SCOTER, VELVET SCOTER and a drake SURF SCOTER plus a summer-plumaged WHITE-BILLED DIVER, GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, BLACK-THROATED DIVER, RED-THROATED DIVER, BLACK GUILLEMOT, COMMON EIDER and both RAZORBILL & COMMON GUILLEMOTS.
Other species our clients enjoyed were WHITE-THROATED DIPPER, PEREGRINE FALCON, skydancing male HEN HARRIER, REDWING, EURASIAN BULLFINCH, COMMON SANDPIPERS, EURASIAN WHIMBREL and lots more.
It wasn’t just birds with up to nine EUROPEAN BADGERS, our closest ever views of MOUNTAIN HARE, RED DEER, FALLOW DEER, ROE DEER, EUROPEAN OTTER, BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN and WOOD MICE seen.
All this with great accommodation, food and company made this a trip to remember!