Loch Spynie

I headed up to Loch Spynie mid-morning and had a couple of hours there. There were plenty of birds on the feeders by the car park, including two great spotted woodpeckers – perhaps I detected a little rivalry between them as to who was going to get the food!

There were a reasonable number of birds on the loch itself, and I had the single hide to myself, which was good. Highlights were pintail and quite a good number of both male and female goldeneye.

male goldeneye

On the short walk back to the car a flock of at least 50 curlew flew over, and then a large mixed flock of rooks and jackdaws passed overhead and I spotted a single hooded crow in among them – the first I’ve seen in this part of Scotland, at least in recent years.

Back at the bird feeders I had lovely views of a dunnock – a bird I always enjoy seeing.


No new species for December 14th:

Birds = 229
Moths = 259
Wildflowers = 291