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Re: Should I go?

I don't think you should let a hostile minority put you off. I doubt you'll see much of that anyway. But do respect physical distancing, and read up on the different guidance in Scotland vs. England, e.g. masks being mandatory in shops. Mind you, it's a long extra drive for a single night! Is it wor...
by denfinella
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:17 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Should I go?
Replies: 6
Views: 819

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Thanks, pied wagtail makes sense - there were so many of them around there!

This might be a long shot (well, it was literally was a long shot), but can anyone identify the bird in the grainy photos below? Again, this was in the Pentlands.

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by denfinella
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:47 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2627

Re: Wildlife on Wanders

Ahhh I love the deer!
by denfinella
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:45 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Wildlife on Wanders
Replies: 18
Views: 1190

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Cuckoo, shelduck, teal, curlew, eider and common tern all get added to the list after a couple of trips at the weekend to the Pentlands and to Levenhall Links.

Can anyone shed light on this one? (Could just be a strange looking pied wagtail?)

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by denfinella
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2627

Re: Where will you be going?

We happen to have a couple of weeks of annual leave and Airbnbs booked in the Highlands in July. Fortunately they're not in particularly touristy spots, but one will involve braving the A9 on consecutive weekends. There might not be many other free days available, but if there are, I think it might ...
by denfinella
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:02 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where will you be going?
Replies: 43
Views: 3329

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Thanks for the continued ID's and corrections!

A couple of new ones from around Penicuik on Saturday:

A redstart:
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I think this is a marsh tit or willow tit (the photo isn't great, but we watched it for a while and I'm fairly sure it wasn't a great / blue / coal tit):
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by denfinella
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2627

Re: Litter on the hills

Of course all littering is bad, but littering in natural beauty spots really confuses me. Besides the long-term impact on the environment, I just can't understand why someone who has visited somewhere because of the scenery would be willing to spoil the scenery. :(
by denfinella
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Litter on the hills
Replies: 45
Views: 3261

Re: Photo uploading

If it's specifically for walk reports / sharing on Walkhighlands, you can just upload them directly to Walkhighlands.
by denfinella
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:49 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Photo uploading
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: New Coronavirus Law

The latest government guidance is extremely clear - "people should continue to stay in their local area (broadly within five miles) as much as possible and should not travel further for leisure or recreation." That advice is not 'extremely clear', it's vague - 'broadly', 'as much as possi...
by denfinella
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:03 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New Coronavirus Law
Replies: 336
Views: 19215

Re: New Coronavirus Law

The summit from Ben Wyvis is about 7 or 8 miles as the crow flies from Dingwall. Probably acceptable to most of the strict rule/ advice obeyers. Once you get out of Dingwall up past the new distillery it would be possible to follow a fairly direct route to the summit, but a lot tougher task and a b...
by denfinella
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New Coronavirus Law
Replies: 336
Views: 19215

Re: Scottish tourism could reopen on July 15th

The slight problem with planning Scottish highland trips is I want to pick a time when the weather is favourable, outside of peak midge activity, and at a time of year when getting to the higher summits (1000m+) isn't going to be hampered by snow and ice, and ideally not having to worry about stalk...
by denfinella
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:45 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Scottish tourism could reopen on July 15th
Replies: 56
Views: 4699

Re: New Coronavirus Law

Many people would love to go to quieter hills... more out of the way... better for social distancing: but that means a longer drive. It doesn't really mean a longer drive! People are unwilling to do a bit of research. I agree with you, which links back to my comment about people not giving enough t...
by denfinella
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:48 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New Coronavirus Law
Replies: 336
Views: 19215

Re: New Coronavirus Law

I have been sticking to the "broadly 5 miles" guidance - the furthest I've travelled for exercise is 5.5 miles. I do think that driving further in itself is low risk, as is the walking part. However, the issue comes with the other things many people would incorporate into a longer drive - ...
by denfinella
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:34 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New Coronavirus Law
Replies: 336
Views: 19215

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Thanks Charles. Our first trip to Craiglockhart Hill(s) for an hour or two yesterday. They don't look like much on the local OS maps, but there's quite a nice variety of habitats, views... and wildlife. Worth the trip if you're a local. Vole: $matches[2] Cygnets: $matches[2] Little grebe: $matches[2...
by denfinella
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:39 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2627

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Now our horizons have expanded to 5 miles away from home, we managed to add a few new species to the list over the weekend: yellowhammer, lapwing, buzzard (a bird of prey at last!), Canada goose, oystercatcher and crested chicken. I've added photos of most of these to the first post, and we're now u...
by denfinella
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2627
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