Trip reports

Aigas

Crested tit on branch

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Our first stop was to view a raven's nest which had 4 large chicks on it. A peregrine falcon and 2 ospreys were also seen flying over. We then drove into Strath Farrar and saw wheatear, willow warbler and tree pipit. A picnic lunch taken by the river where dipper and common sandpiper were seen and everyone had good views of a golden eagle.
In the afternoon we returned to Aigas House for a tour of the grounds. Some members stayed in the lovely gardens, where 5 species of tits including crested were seen. The more energetic ones were taken for a guided tour on the nature trail around the loch. Elspeth and Alicia, our 2 guides, told us all about the beaver project and we saw 2 lodges and many examples of their activity on the trees around the loch.
Many thanks to Lady Lister-Kaye and the staff at Aigas for a most enjoyable day and fantastic cake.