Monday, April 01, 2019

πŸ“– #12/2019 ~ Landmark Day!

Last Friday was a landmark day for Dazza and I when after flying up to Aberdeen on Thursday evening we collected the keys to our new property. We'll be situated in Kemnay, a village 16 miles west of Aberdeen in Garioch, Aberdeenshire.

However, it's likely to be a couple more years yet before we become landlubbers once again and make the permanent move north to Dazza's home territory.

Bennachie ~ Aberdeenshire
A population of Red Squirrels at Bennachie
We spent the weekend settling in and exploring our new surroundings. The property has stunning views looking across to the hills of Bennachie and the ancient tops of Mither Tap and Oxen Craig. Just a 10-minute drive to the Nature Centre, we spent a short time exploring the hills and woodlands. Crossbills were plentiful and there's a feeding station for the small population of Red Squirrels.




On Saturday we took a 30-minute drive to Stonehaven for lunch, where a couple of Black Guillemots were just offshore, then onto RSPB Fowlsheugh just further along the coast. The specular cliffs here are home during the summer months to thousands of seabirds and already in residence were Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar and Kittiwakes. A single Puffin has arrived back but unfortunately, we were told we'd missed it by minutes. I'm sure there'll be many more by the time we return at Easter. Several Rock Pipits, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were also a feature.

A least four Dippers along the stretch of the River Don
The River Don, which rises in the Grampians and flows eastwards out towards Aberdeen and the North Sea is just a five-minute stroll from the property. On Sunday morning we took a long walk along its banks before flying back to Birmingham later in the evening. The highlights here were at least four Dippers, two female Goosanders, Grey Wagtails and Kingfisher. The woodland was awash with Wood Anemone!

I look forward to returning at Easter for a fortnight of exploration!