With the clocks now pushed forward and rapidly lengthening days, spring is truly in the Highland air. The first returning Ospreys are busy repairing nests, Divers and Slavonian Grebes are now back on their breeding lochs and waders have returned to the farmland and moors.
After the hard days of winter, March finally sees Spring officially arrive, though in the Highlands any milder days still regularly give way to bitter winds and snow storms. Flocks of Lapwings and Curlews have already been sighted flying up the river Spey and Findhorn and by March will be already be starting to hold territory and display.........
Well weíve had some snowy days but at the moment it seems to have all gone again and the hills look more like May than January. Itís good news for the smaller birds but not so good for Ptarmigan and Mountain Hares trying to seek refuge in their white plumage. Fingers crossed this month may see the hills turn white once again.
It looks as if it is truly going to be a Waxwing winter this year, with large flocks of birds appearing on the Moray Firth coasts as well as inland. The largest was estimated at seven hundred plus around Forres with at least two hundred been seen locally around Aviemore. Itís likely these birds will stay around with so many berries to feed on so there should be plenty of great seasonal photography opportunities.
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