From February 18:
“A beautiful, if somewhat crisp at the start, day in the foothills of the Cairngorms. There wasn’t much bird activity but the Glens are like that. I wonder if they were any better when they had trees?
“Anyway the end of the road up Glen Isla does provide a few Scots pines and a small plantation of other conifers. These held most of the day’s birds, the most notable being one brambling in amongst the numerous chaffinches. It’s always nice to see mistle thrushes too and even better to hear them sing – a rather more melancholy tune than a blackbird’s, I think.
“A few ravens cronked overhead and bothered the lone buzzard. No eagles, of course. And no red grouse this time. However, that other gamekeeper’s favourite, the magpie, did surprisingly appear – only my second sighting for Angus.”