Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Monday 21st May

I had a really busy weekend, left home at lunchtime Friday drove to Perth, up at 5.30am the next morning drove to Glen Arkaig, climbed three Munro’s (17 miles) got back to Perth at 10.45pm up at 8am the next morning and drove home. There is life after twitching!

The three hills were mammoth, a really serious day out in rough terrain. The Knoydart hills are quite rough walking, more so with the amount of snow on the tops. The descent off the first hill Sgurr nan Coireachan was scary, very steep and covered in wet snow. The second hill of Garbh Chioch Mhor just went on for ever whilst the last hill Sgurr na Ciche was a steep slog. It took us seven hours to get to that point. We were then faced with an eight miles hike back to the car. There were a few people on the hills and we met a couple from Castle Bromwich which I found amazing. The only bird of note that I saw was a single Ring Ouzel.

I was going to pay a visit to Shustoke late on Sunday but decided against it. However, I received a text at work on Monday from TP to say that a Nightjar had been found at Ladywalk (J Alton), so the grass had to wait. The Nightjar was showing very well and seemed rather settled.

At Shustoke things are rather quiet although the Black-necked Grebe was still there on Saturday, the Potato Field still held a Wheatear last night, will try and get over to the Reservoir at some point and catch up.

Garbh Chioch Mor and Sgurr na Ciche

Me and my brother on Sgurr nan Coireachan

Sgurr na Ciche

Nightjar, Ladwalk, my best effort

Nightjar, Dave Hutton

Nightjar, Dave Hutton

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