FRIDAY 14 MAY
KILLIECRANKIE WOODS (PERTH & KINROSS)
Another favoured location and a return to form following our abortive visit in May 2009. This time we had no trouble at all in locating PIED FLYCATCHERS – two singing males advertising their presence and inspecting the nestboxes. Some great prolonged views were obtained and very close by, also in the Birches and Oaks, was a beautiful trilling (and body quivering) singing male WOOD WARBLER. Both species were new to my Year List and cracking views were obtained of both. A singing male GARDEN WARBLER was also nearby, with Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Common Blackbird and Dunnock also added to the trip list.
It was very difficult to get a view of the Wood Warbler at Killiecrankie from above. Chris made do of this image from below.
It was now time to return to the road and this time we were to track the West Coast. Driving the Great Glen along the A82 yielded HOODED CROW around Loch Oich.