Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Crested Crackers...

Had the chance to get out for a short walk today after the festivities and burn off a few calories. We took the dog up to Abriachan (NH 54036 35334), a community owned woodland located high above the Western shores of Loch Ness which is undergoing a lot of positive changes and is a great place for the family to visit. On the drive up 3 Whooper Swans were seen on Loch Laide which included a 1st -winter. A walk through the mixed conifers from the car park produced numbers of Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Treecreeper, 1 Buzzard and a lovely male Great-Spotted Woodpecker. The highlight of the walk was 2 Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus another life tick for me (seem to be getting quite few of those in the remaining weeks of 2011 but unfortunately no camera today) and a bird which was part of the reason for coming to Abriachan. I love it when a plan comes together.

Hope you had a good Christmas!

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