|Two Siskins and Three Goldfinches|
On Tuesday I went on a hunt for a Brambling and a Great Grey Shrike. It had been reported that these were in nearby locations up the Dee Valley near Drumoak. The Brambling should have been in the grounds of Drum Castle. I searched two tracts of woodland, one predominantly broad leaf the other coniferous. Both were quiet with only a few common woodland birds to be found.... and a Red Squirrel
It was reported that the bird had indeed been seen that day and some different direction were posted.
On Thursday I went with Jill to Fraserburgh Esplanade and was surprised to find a Glaucous Gull on the beach. One for Jill's life list!
Undaunted by Tuesdays failure I set out again on Friday. This time the directions made sense. Park on the road and follow the track down to the locked deer fence (a different one form Tuesdays), negotiate the obstacle, (this meant climbing over a six foot plus wooden fence) and continue along the track to the end where there are ruined buildings under the electricity pylons. The post also warned about the wet ground underfoot. I was prepared I had my wellington boots. Between Tuesday and Friday we had had the effects of Storm Doris. Here in Aberdeenshire it was no where near as bad as most of the other country but it had deposited a sprinkling of snow in the Dee Valley. As the sun rose it did make for magnificent views
|Mither Tap catching the early morning sun|
It also made the track I was to follow a little trickier
I didn't find the Great Grey Shrike and there have been no further reports, but I did find a hole in my wellington boots. The water in track was cold, very very cold.
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