Saturday, 17 May 2014

Perth and Tay


After a very pleasant guesthouse accommodation in the village of Luncarty north of Perth, we spent the day exploring the fabulous landscapes and habitat west of the A9 and Pitlochry.  Before leaving Luncarty we noticed Tree Sparrows on the adjacent farm-land and coming to the guesthouse bird feeders.  We visited a number of venues including Loch of the Lowes, Tumnel Bridge and a couple of Forestry Commission woodlands, but the best venue was certainly the single-track road along Glen Quaich which almost borders Loch Freuchie.

Unlike further south, the weather in this region was dull during the morning with low cloud, and first drizzle and then light rain settled in for much of the afternoon.

Nevertheless there were birds to be found and we duly notched up Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Goosander, Osprey, Red Kite, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, lots of common waders, Wheatear, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Wood Warbler and Crossbill.

After tearing ourselves away from this very picturesque area we drove north to Newtonmore, purchased some provisions and found our self-catering cabin in the village of Insh, Speyside.  And tomorrow is a whole new day!


Eleanor and Neil

A herd of Fallow Deer
included a cream-white individual.

Swallow - including one
with nesting material

These black-faced variety
of Sheep are common in the
Perth area and all look
particularly clean-looking.

Brown Hare

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