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Little egrets in August

We saw these little egrets (I think?) at the mouth of the River Wansbeck in Northumberland back in August - only just getting around to sorting through the photos. According to the RSPB website, they're usually only winter visitors north of The Wash - not sure what they were doing all the way up bey...
by denfinella
Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Little egrets in August
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Skye Trail Recommendations?

I tend to think of Scottish winter as running November to April. Spring and Summer is in May and then Autumn is June to November. I think that is a little exaggerate. You think? As someone who has visited Scotland many times in May, June and July, yes. Al, I think Nicky was joking! :wink: (although...
by denfinella
Wed Dec 01, 2021 2:38 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Skye Trail Recommendations?
Replies: 16
Views: 520

Re: Looking for advice

I agree, Cul Mor. Do these look familiar?

Car park:
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Path:
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by denfinella
Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:20 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Looking for advice
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: Meall Ghaordaidh - deer stalking issues?

Thank you both!
by denfinella
Mon Nov 15, 2021 5:21 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Meall Ghaordaidh - deer stalking issues?
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Meall Ghaordaidh - deer stalking issues?

I know the main deer stalking season is over now, but am I likely to find any issues around Meall Ghaordaidh and Ben nan Oighreag (from Glen Lochay) at this time of year?
by denfinella
Sun Nov 14, 2021 10:37 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Meall Ghaordaidh - deer stalking issues?
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Fide Coastal Path and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

I doubt it's because you're not allowed to walk on the inland side. Could it just be because there's no easy diversion (e.g. because of cliffs, or because it's rough / overgrown / pathless)? I've walked the route but it was ages ago so can't remember the terrain properly. You could also look up the ...
by denfinella
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:13 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Fide Coastal Path and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: Kestrel? - another one!

Thanks! That's twice we've been up Dumgoyne and there's been a kestrel at the summit both times.
by denfinella
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Kestrel? - another one!
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Kestrel? - another one!

Taken from the summit of Dumgoyne - kestrel, I think?

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by denfinella
Tue Oct 12, 2021 5:12 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Kestrel? - another one!
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: Glen Tilt

Thanks Boris!
by denfinella
Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:43 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Glen Tilt
Replies: 7
Views: 655

Re: Glen Tilt

Funnily enough I was thinking about this earlier today too. Upper Glen Tilt is one of those "mythical" bucket-list places for me - I haven't gone beyond the lower part. When I go, I'm planning to hire a bike and cycle up to Bedford Bridge and back in a single day (though I haven't properly...
by denfinella
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:43 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Glen Tilt
Replies: 7
Views: 655

Re: Scruffy red squirrel



Funnily enough, I came across this article before posting this topic. The months don't seem to match up but it was an interesting read.
by denfinella
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:19 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Scruffy red squirrel
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: Scruffy red squirrel

Thank you both.

Hopefully not squirrel pox in somewhere so far from significant grey squirrel populations as Newtonmore.
by denfinella
Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Scruffy red squirrel
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Scruffy red squirrel

We came across this red squirrel near Newtonmore in the summer. It seemed to be acting normally but we couldn't help noticing it had a lot of discoloured or missing fur. Is this just normal moulting (it was early July) or was it ill?

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by denfinella
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Scruffy red squirrel
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: Easiest and safest munros in late october with children?

It's really difficult to predict what the weather will be like in late October - you could get anything from pleasant temperatures with light winds and sunshine, to driving rain, icy terrain or a little fresh snow on the summits. Statistically, it's the wettest time of year, and high winds and fog a...
by denfinella
Wed Sep 22, 2021 4:10 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Easiest and safest munros in late october with children?
Replies: 19
Views: 1502

Re: Assynt / Coigach - current midge status

Thanks all - some useful advice and also some amusing anecdotes!

We went across today - sunny, light winds and negligible midges (Rogie Falls, Ullapool, Knockan Crag, Cassley Falls). All good :)
by denfinella
Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:22 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Assynt / Coigach - current midge status
Replies: 9
Views: 770
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