Trip reports

Glenmore grouse watch point and Speyside

Glenmore grouse watch point and Speyside
K Barnes

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Plenty of red grouse were found but despite hearing the lovely bubbling calls of the black grouse they proved elusive. We were joined by four visitors from Singapore desperate to see one but the birds remained out of sight. As Keith was walking across the car park he spotted a redstart hopping under a parked van. On closer inspection it was found to be a female black redstart which made up for the lack of grouse.
As the black grouse were being uncoperative we decided to drive further up the mountain to the ski car park where we saw two more ring ouzels, one very close to the cars. Three mountain hares were seen running about on the hillside. At this point another member of the group arrived and told us she had seen black grouse at a different lek further down the road so we jumped into the cars. There was still one blackcock strutting about when we arrived so finally everyone including our Singapore friends got a good view.
By now it was after 9am and the next stop was for a very welcome breakfast at the Glen More cafe whilst watching the bird feeders, which attracted more woodpigeons and jackdaws than the expected tits.
A brief stop to scan Loch Morlich produced goldeneye and tufted ducks plus many sand martins feeding over the loch. At Kingcraig an osprey was sitting on the nest and a pair of goosander were on the loch. We then drove to the RSPB hide at Insh Marshes and set up the scopes on the viewing platform. Four species of geese were seen, pink-footed, greylag, 2 canada and 1 barnacle plus a whooper swan. Redshank, oystercatcher, curlew and lapwings were on the marsh and a few roe deer. The trip ended here with a total of 48 species having been seen during the morning.