On my last full day I decided to explore the Wicklow mountains area, and it was gorgeous. I shall have to return here as the birds were great. The streams held fairly easy-to-see Dippers, there were Ravens all over the place, Stonechats in the valleys, and a pair of Merlins showing very well at a conifer plantation.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
A trip to Crieff in Scotland to see some old friends was an opportunity to pop up to a spot I've long had on my list of birding spots I'd like to visit, Loch Garten and Speyside. It's the wrong time of the year for the true stars of the Caledonian Forest to be found, so no Capercailie, but there's plenty other birds of interest. The principal target here for me was Scottish Crossbill, which sadly I dipped on, but the Crested Tit were much more obliging, and I found them in a couple of places. The rest of the day's birding was fairly standard, though it was nice to find a pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker in beech woods along the edge of Loch Insh.