I am moving up to Inverness at the beginning of April for 6 months, and wanted to know a bit about birding in the area. Where is good to go? I haven't seen any of the Scottish species, and I want to see them all! Unfortunately though, I don't have a car, so will have to use public trasport to go anywhere (unless I can find anyone with a car thats willing to let me tag along). So, where can I get to without the use of a car? Can I get to Loch Ness via public transport?
Any help would be very welcome!
At last the weather is picking up. At Loch Eye today birds singing in the woods included blackbird, robin, wren, great tit, treecreeper, siskin, crossbill and greenfinch. On the loch mute swan, teal, wigeon, tuftie, scaup, pochard, goldeneye, mallard, cormorant, coot and great crested grebe. with hundreds of pink feet and greylags in the fields at the north end of the loch.
Is Loch Eye accessible to the general public?
I've just moved back to the area (about 5 mins away from the Loch) and went for a snoop about and was told in no uncertain terms by 2 guys in a Land Rover that it was off limits. I used to bird there as a kid with no problems.
I had already seen all I wanted to anyway tho!!
am I allowed to be a smug git?
Just a pointer to anyone thinking of going off piste to look for Capercaillie during the lek. This year I have noticed many sites are now signposted as under video surveillance specifically during the lekking period to identify potential human disturbance from birders and photographers. There are also clear signs to say that disturbance is a criminal offence from April 1st.
The best place to see these wonderful birds remains the Caper watch at Loch Garten.