22nd of August 2012.
The Highlands - West of Scotland.
Species seen 37.
Having travelled to Scotland on Friday, we made our first camp at the Luss Campsite on the shores of Loch Lomond. The rain continued to pour all night and in the morning it stopped, giving atmospheric views of the Loch. The forests surrounding the whole area looked as though there was steam rising from the trees!
On route to our second base camp at Arisaig in the West of Scotland, we stopped at Glen Coe to admire the views within this awesome Glen with its high peaks and beautiful waterfalls. It was then onwards towards Fort William, passing Ben Nevis and taking the road to the Isles towards Mallaig.
Once settled at our superb campsite at Sunny Croft, it was time to explore and of course see what birds were around? Nothing too much out of the ordinary with the following seen. Curlew, Dipper, Grey Heron, Hooded Crow, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Wood Pigeon, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Chaffinch, Canada Geese, Greylag, Mallard, Coot, Cormorant, Kittiwake, Herring, Black Headed, Great Blacked Backed, Common and Lesser Black Backed Gull, Common Tern, Starling, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch and House Sparrow. Also seen were Gannets flying high above the sea and then diving at great speed to catch fish. A single Common Seal was viewed sunning itself on rocks not more than a hundred metres from shore.
The Isles of Eigg, Rum and Skye have certainly provided magnificent sun sets from our campsite.
Lastly, with the International Space Station passing over this weekend for the last time until October we’ve also had superb views on consecutive nights of it in the night sky, so much better without any light pollution!