Trip reports

Scone Palace

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Thursday, 13 March 2014

We knew the birds were shy and would be difficult to find and so we set off walking around the grounds searching the woodland and admiring the enormous trees. A few blue, great and long-tailed tits, a treecreeper and a goldcrest were seen and we had spent a couple of hours pleasantly wandering about before Ann saw one hawfinch and Keith located a small flock by their calls. Although the group had split into two parties eventually everyone got together and had really excellent views with 5 birds seen together in the scope at one point.
By now it was nearly 2pm and lunch was well overdue so we drove back to the car-park at Quarrymill woodland park to eat our picnic. Following lunch we strolled along the river and added dipper and 2 grey wagtails to the list.
Dunkeld was our next stop where we walked through the Cathedral grounds and along the river. Two bramblings were found and a red squirrel but unfortunately no nuthatch. There was just time to call at the SWT reserve Loch of the Lowes and add a few more species to the list including great crested grebe, goosander and canada goose. It was now approaching 6pm and we still had the long drive home after a very good day.