On Sunday 19th May, I visited Kinnordy Loch late morning. We saw sedge warblers, whitethroat, willow warbler and I heard one blackcap. There were a few coal tits and one jay near the feeders. There was a reed bunting outside the hide at the eastern end of the loch.
On the loch we spotted two widgeon and some shellduck. A few redshanks were flying around.
Went up a small glen in the afternoon with my parents. The weather turned out to be glorious, warm and sunny. There is no road access into this glen so we parked at the bottom and walked up through some pasture with lots of sheep. A cuckoo, goldcrest, willow warblers and a coal tit were calling from the trees as we set out. We watched two buzzards and, in the distance, a large group of red deer were on top of one of the hills.
We stopped a while, and listened to some black grouse calling in the distance, but couldn’t locate them. There were red grouse here too, and lots of meadow pipits. We continued up the glen, and, as we left the fields behind, we found several wheatears and a whinchat. Some snipe were calling, and there were curlews, oystercatchers and lapwing. A common sandpiper was on the river. A second large group of deer were on another hillside.
Walking back down the glen, I saw two mistle thrush chase off a sparrowhawk. We watched a cuckoo perch on the power lines, and a skylark called overhead.
On Monday amorning, I drove up to the backwater dam, but the mist was heavy and so didn’t see that much. I found quite a few red grouse; some were on the road. There was also a whinchat. Two common sandpipers were flying up and down the lochside. There were lots of common gull on the dam railings. I managed to get a great picture of an oystercatcher from the car. There were a few house martins at Kingoldrum. At Kinnordy Loch, the male marsh harrier was hunting over the reed beds. There were coal tits, willow warbler, reed bunting, sedge warbler and whitethroat all singing. A jay was at the bird feeders. Above the loch there were many swifts, swallows and sand martins. The red squirrels were chasing one another.
We walked the road from Cortachy to Pearsie later on Monday morning. We found black cap, willow warbler and whitethroat. There were several yellowhammers, siskin, and lesser redpolls. A coal tit called from some conifers along with a few goldcrest. A few skylarks were singing on the wing. A buzzard was hunting over the farmland. At Pearsie, there was a greater spotted woodpecker. A grey heron flew over.