Trip reports

Rosehaugh,Rosemarkie and Fairy Glen

Rosehaugh,Rosemarkie and Fairy Glen
Stephen Barnes

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Swallows, house martins and a solitary swift were flying overhead as we walked along the drive. Willow warblers and song thrushes were singing and other common garden species seen. On the pond were a mute swan, moorhen and a little grebe. After a pleasant stroll we drove to Avoch to view the terns on the rafts. Telescopes were needed to identify them and we finally agreed that they were common terns.
We ate our picnic lunch at Chanonry Point where there were 3 white wagtails on the beach. Two dolphins swam very close to the point giving excellent views as the sea was very calm.
After lunch we drove to Rosemarkie and walked into Fairy Glen where we saw dipper, grey wagtail and treecreeper. Some of the group walked as far as the waterfalls.
To finish the day we walked alongside the beach to the cave where we saw three recently fledged ravens on the cliff. Whitethroat, skylarks and yellowhammers were singing as we walked along admiring the spring flowers including bluebells and meadow saxifrage. A total of 59 species were seen