The nest webcam seems to be having major problems, but another, slightly more distant camera went live yesterday. There was an Osprey on the nest for about half an hour yesterday afternoon, so at least there's some interest being shown. The camera is showing a closer view today.
On the 9th of April there was a message on the RSPB Loch Garten, Abernethy Facebook page that the feeders webcam is up and running, but the Osprey nest webcam is having software problems. From local birding sites there are currently no Ospreys using the nest.
Strong wind is probably the thing most likely to stop me trapping. I trap every Friday night for 36 weeks from early March to early November as part of the Garden Moth Scheme, although if the weather is really bad, or I'm going to be away, I'll trap a day or two either side of Friday instead...
After a pretty poor March, only 2 moths from 4 trapping sessions, April has started with a bit more promise. Despite the temperature dropping to 2.7C, there were 6 moths in the trap this morning, 4 Hebrew Characters and 2 Common Quakers (NFY). Aviemore, VC95.
Islay is great, I've been a few times, most recently a week in November 2019 and saw at least one species of Eagle each day, sometimes both. Machir Bay on the west coast is a lovely walk and usually has plenty of Chough and Hen Harriers. If you're into history at all, the American Monument on...
Plan A is North Uist in June, which I was meant to do last year, but have moved to this year. I'm still not sure if that will go ahead this year, if not, hopefully I can move it to next year.
Plan B, possibly Islay in November, or somewhere on the west coast of Scotland.
Still too cold and with too much snow cover here in Aviemore to get the trap out yet, and more snow forecast over the next week. Some winters I've managed to get the trap out at least a couple of times by now, usually my first moth of the year is Pale Brindled Beauty, I'd love to see a Spring...
30 Chaffinches, at least
1 Collared Dove
2 House Sparrow
1 Coal Tit
1 Blue Tit
The temperature at the start was minus 3.7C and there were fewer Goldfinches and Siskins than normal. Earlier in the week we had a Redpoll and a Brambling, which...
I live in Aviemore, not the sort of place you associate with early butterflies, if I see a butterfly in March I'd consider that early, normally I don't see any until April. So I was surprised to find a Small Tortoiseshell had appeared in the house this afternoon. After photographing it, it was...
For Speyside, late winter/early spring is probably best for seeing Crested Tits which are less visible later in spring, but not impossible. For everything else, late spring as there will still be some winter visitors about with some of the earlier summer visitors arriving as well.