My adventures in Golspie, Sutherland, the Highlands of Scotland

I've been away visiting relatives in the highlands of Scotland. The trip gave me some nice "year ticks" I don't actualy count ticks properly at this stage but there are a few birds that I have got used to seeing everytime I'm up there.

Going in spring or winter means a good number of grey lags and pinkies was a given, and i was pleased to see them again, always nice to see them. Also glad to see and hear the whooper swans that roam in the flooded fields around there. Also now that I know where to look out for them I have started seeing long tailed ducks every winter, in their beautiful winter plumage, always as far as the telescope can see, right out at sea. Goldeneye and shelduck are regular in the area along with red breasted merganser and eider, and of course the Scottish crow, buzzards and kites. harbour seals in the bay on the sandbanks of loch fleet.

the real treats that I saw this year were otters right at the end of golspie pier, a greenshank in amongst a group of hopping redshank, and a garden visit of a Raven and a leucistic starling. saw roe and red deer whilst up as well as the wilds goats.

birds I would have liked to have seen whilst I was in the area but didn't see include the white fronted geese that winter at Thurso, twite, pintail, scaup, common/velvet scoter, king eider possibly, crossbills, Scottish or otherwise and the crested tits that are reputedly in Balblair woods but I have never seen. obviously too early for the osprey this year

All in all a great trip out, with still a lot more to look forward to.

not sure how to add pics yet but will add when I can work it out


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