I was lucky to have most of a day for mooching on Friday – and I was able to mooch in Perthshire and Angus.
I first went to the Loch of the Lowes – a famous Osprey site but also an easy place to see Red Squirrels. Just because it is easy to see them there, it doesn’t mean that they are any the less pleasing and cute. There is nothing wrong with Grey Squirrels, except that we have introduced them to our country, but the native Red Squirrel is a beautiful mammal and no mistake. Later I watched a couple of Red Squirrels chasing each other round and round a large tree trunk. I don’t know enough to tell whether they were being friendly or unfriendly to each other – but they were agile and fast on a vertical surface.
Later that day I travelled up Glenisla and saw some snow on the hills. The river was full of snowmelt and there was little birdsong in the glen – nice Mistle Thrushes though.
As I travelled up the glen I saw a small flock of small, finch-looking, birds but wasn’t sure what they were. I saw them again on the way back – they were Redpolls. Their behaviour was interesting: they perched, not feeding, in the Birch trees, and then flew down, out of my sight, to a small stream running through some grassland. they may have been drinking but the fact they were in the same place for such a long time suggests they had found a good source of seeds. I wonder what they were.
That evening I gave a short talk at Waterstones in Perth and they sold a few copies of Inglorious. That was fun too and I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Ross and others for setting it up and being such kind hosts.
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