Sad to leave the Scottish Highlands but what a wonderful stay 6 January 2023

Red Grouse on the rocks

We enjoyed so many wonderful birds over Christmas and New Year in the Scottish Highlands - Red Grouse on the rocks!

Sad to leave the Scottish Highlands today and say goodbye to the wonderful team at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown on Spey for looking after us so very well during our extended stay over Christmas and New Year. We can't wait to be back and luckily we won't have to wait too long as we are returning in March 2023 with a lovely group of guests on one of our Birdwatching Trips tours.

Just a few of the so many highlights during our stay included multiple sightings of magnificent Golden Eagles, Hen Harriers, Goshawk, Merlins, superb close encounters with Crested Tits, masses of seaduck including a spectacular flock of over 400 Great Scaup, Waxwings at two different sites, Taiga Bean Geese, Russian White-fronted Goose, Corn Buntings, Snow Buntings, Black Redstart and beautiful lekking Black Grouse, and mammals in a theme of red: red squirrels, red deer and red fox! We're sure you can understand why we are excited to return to this beautiful and wildlife-rich area time and time again.

Taiga Bean Goose Finland and Norway 2015

Taiga Bean Goose - library photo, this one taken on one of our Finland and Norway tours

Of course we managed some birding on our way south and stopped off at the hamlet of Slamannan near Falkirk to see Taiga Bean Geese and Pink-footed Geese feeding near the village.

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