It's amazing to see, having driven up from the Midlands last Thursday, how far behind everything is! For example, the Hazel, Hawthorn and Blackthorn have yet to bloom, although there are a few signs this morning (Tuesday) that things are beginning to happen. When I visited Brandon Marsh the day before coming up Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were all in full song and the usual Hirundines had all been noted. Since arriving I've only heard a single Chiffchaff and Blackcap, although along the coast and on a few inland lochs I've noted many Sand Martins and the odd Swallow.
|Sunrise from the drive across to Bennachie|
|Common Crossbill ~ Bennachie|
|Coal Tit a constant companion|