The weather was at last a bit better today. Sunshine and not much wind so it was good to get out and about. First stop was the railway bridge at Bradbury where we watched the Great Grey Shrike feeding in the field alongside the railway line. It was good to stand and view it in the winter sunshine. Next, just before the sun went down, a run past the Bewick and Whooper swans in the field at Sadberge. They were a bit nearer the road this time so good to get a better view.
Each day we watched a Red Squirrel run along the fence of our cottage in Nethey Bridge but it always went next door to feed. We managed to get some shots on our last day whilst looking for the Crested Tits in the forest and also found two feeding on some feeders at a cottage nearby.
Can't go to Scotland without posting some photos of them.
The Coal Tits were feeding off our hands again, they come to you as soon as you enter the forest, it is remarkable. They also love to feed on peanut butter!
There were vast numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing around Aviemore and Boat of Garten.
Not a very good day weather wise, raining most of the day so we decided to head for the hills and were glad we did as winter had arrived there.
Counted about 25 Ptarmigan when we first looked out from the Ptarmigan Restaurant at the top of Cairngorm. The blizzard then hit and we couldn't see a thing, then when it cleared we managed to locate a few a bit closer than they had been although still distant. Nice to see all the same.
A flock of Snow Bunting flew past but didn't stop.
Yesterday we went looking for Crested Tit around Loch Garten, didn't take long to find them when we where feeding the very friendly Coal tits. Came across a family group of Whoopers near Neathy Bridge...............it really is a lovely place.