Today I drove out to the small RSPB reserve at Loch Spynie near Lossiemouth. It’s a place I visited a couple of times last year, and Brenda and I went there together just before new year. Every time I’ve been I’ve seen our native squirrel, the red squirrel, and today was no exception, I actually saw four of these beautiful creatures. I make no excuse for including two photos as they are really stunning animals!
Around the car park for the reserve there are some bird feeders, which attract a variety of tits, dunnocks, blackbirds, tree sparrows and more. Today there was also a yellowhammer and a couple of great spotted woodpeckers. I did see what might well have been a crossbill at the top of one of the trees, but it flew off before I could fully identify it.
I then went over to Cullen, about 20 miles away, and walked east along the rocky shore, where there were eider, oystercatchers, curlew, redshank and a couple of red-throated divers.
No new species for February 20th:
TOTALS TO DATE:
Birds = 129
Moths = 4
Wildflowers = 19