Camped two nights at Glenbrittle for easy access up to the Cuillins - Ptarmigan, tons of Twite, Greenshank, divers, Tysties etc...
Must find a way of moving to Scotland!
I think maybe you were just unlucky with Cresties, they are certainly a bit elusive at the moment but are still showing regularly in all the usual places including forest lodge.
Could just be the time of year, they are busy getting down to nesting at the moment and do become incredibly hard to find some days with little calling.
Hopefully they have made it through the bad winter with not too many casualties
Sounds like an excellent trip, you hit the best weather for sure!
Are Crested Tits common on mainland Europe? If so, why are they restricted to such a small part of Scotland?
Did you actually go up the Cuillin? If so, it must have been a bit hairy this early in the year...
With Cresties, well it must be the time of year then, I've never found them so difficult as this trip, though we didn't spend all that long in Speyside. The weather was extraordinary - never known it so good, especially considering what you had just the week before!
As an example of just how sedentary they are, I live just half a mile from habitat with breeding Cresties, with an area of farmland between. In ten years I have NEVER recorded a Crestie at my feeders, yet they use feeders no more than half a mile away!!!
Anywhere anyone recommends going this weekend, are those otters that were at Inverness a few months ago still showing? Is it worth going to Loch Garten if I can't possibly make it early enough for Caper-watch?
Hi D,Hi Tim,
The Dornoch area is my local patch,and i do BBS in the rogart area.
I expect to be spending a bit of time down in your area in the near future - be good to hear about it from you. Flushing blackgame from the train north last autumn on the approach to Rogart was a highlight of the homeward journey for me, no doubt.