The Watcher

May 2016 Edition

May sees the sky above Grantown come alive with the screams of Swifts, the old buildings providing plenty of nest sites for this master of the skies. Visiting the hotel you may have been forgiven for thinking they never left last year, as a resident Starling has been mimicking a perfect Swift scream from the hotel roof for most of the winter and is still there. 

April 2016 Edition

As we write, the first Osprey has just arrived back at Loch Garten which is surely a sign that spring is well and truly here. April sees the arrival of most of the summer migrants in to the Highlands, already the first Ring Ouzels and Sandwich Terns are being seen and by the end of the month only a few late species such as Swift and Spotted Flycatcher will be still on their way.

March 2016 Edition

March sees the first breeding birds already getting down to nesting, with Golden and White-tailed Eagles settling down to lay their first eggs by mid-month...... 

February 2016 Edition

Itís been a fairly stormy and mild winter so far with some very unusual seabird movements in to the Moray Firth, including probably thousands of Little Auks, blown in to Firth from their feeding grounds out in the North Sea........ 

January 2016 Edition

So far it is looking to be a very mild winter indeed this year, little snow even on the mountains though of course this may all change very quickly.  A lack of snow cover on the hills is bad news for any species relying on snow for camouflage, Mountain Hares stand out like a sore thumb against the dark heather and make easy pickings for hunting Eagles,..............

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