The Watcher

November 2018 Edition

Spectacular numbers of Redwings and Fieldfares are currently moving through the Strath stripping the berry trees and will likely stay well in to November until the supply runs out. It’s always worth checking any Thrush flocks you find for the possibility of one of the rarer species such as Black-throated, White’s or Dusky Thrush, you never know your luck. We’ve also been hearing of the first Waxwing sightings so fingers crossed there are more of these colourful winter visitors to arrive. 

October 2018 Edition

A bumper crop of berries this autumn around Strathspey is great news for birds and birders visiting the area. This month will see hundreds of thousands of winter Thrushes heading our way and the more berries the longer they will stay with is before heading further south. 

September 2018 Edition

After an incredible long hot summer, it’s all change this month with the days already feeling a little chillier. Wader passage is already underway with birds returning from the breeding grounds in the far north and there are some great spots nearby to see them. 

August 2018 Edition

There should be plenty of raptor activity this month, with adults teaching fledged young to hunt and watch out for male Ospreys on the lochs too, teaching young to fish. Keep an eye out also for young Eagles, remember immature Golden Eagles have a white tail whereas immature White-tailed Eagles have a dark tail to add to the confusion. 

July 2018 Edition

Often considered to be one of the quieter months for birding when many of the birds stop singing and get on with rearing chicks, there is still however plenty to see, as with mouths to feed and long days the birds are very active. Mixed species family flocks often gather along the insect rich woodland edges, Redstarts, Willow Warblers, Tree Pipits Finches and Buntings may all be seen busily feeding along fence-lines or hedgerows. 

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