Sunday, 27 May 2012

222 posts of this drivel, 201 birds seen

Just updated BUBO and noticed that I broke 200 while in the Cairngorms. 201 was Black Grouse (seen on the Sunday), so by my count 200 was Ptarmigan - the last lifer I picked up on  the Saturday.

This makes me happy. So happy in fact that I'm going to steal a photo.

Credits to p4rus for the picture. I was there at the time and I saw this very bird through binoculars, but his lens is better than mine.

Monday, 21 May 2012

The Cairngorms (or 'I am extremely unfit')

Had an amazing long weekend in the Cairngorms, accompanied by p4rus. No less than 9 life birds.

The long and very winding road

In no particular order:

  • Common Redstart
  • Dipper
  • Siskin
  • Ring Ouzel
  • Crested Tit
  • Red Grouse
  • Black Grouse
  • Common Crossbill
  • Ptarmigan
And that's apart from the Raven, Short Eared Owl, Sandpipers (so tiny!) and everything else that presented themselves better than ever before. Don't think I'll ever forget Willow Warbler song now either. A bit of sun would have been appreciated for the forested bits, but I can't find it in me to be disappointed. The Cairngorms in May are awesome.

The supposed reason for the trip was a training walk up the mountains preparing for July's Three Peaks challenge, and so last day was booked out for climbing Lochnagar, which looks like this:

Lochnagar

Unfortunately we didn't get to the summit as planned. With the previous two days walking (and some ill advised single malt the night before) exhaustion set in by the time we reached the deep snow, but it's on the cards for another visit. Mountains are hard. You can sponsor me here by the way: http://www.justgiving.com/AndrewCampbell-3Peaks

Suppose I should include a picture of at least one bird. Have a cute little Siskin.

Siskin