Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - JOHN MILES

One no­table but­ter­fly to look out for is the Scotch Ar­gus along with the se­cre­tive Pur­ple Hairstreak

rocky river­bank and mak­ing an 18-foot leap across the fast flow­ing River Garry. The area is now a Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est (SSSI) for its wildlife set in this amaz­ing gorge. There is a large area of mainly broad-leaved wood­land which en­cour­ages some of the best sum­mer mi­grants, like Pied Fly­catcher, Red­start and Wood War­bler to breed. Other wood­land birds to look for in­clude Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Treecreeper, Siskin and red­poll. The river adds a few gems, such as Dip­per and Grey Wag­tail, with Goosander find­ing plenty of fish here. Com­mon Sand­piper will follow the river up­stream with Oys­ter­catcher and Wood­cock over the river at dusk. Ospreys nest lo­cally, so al­ways look out for them pass­ing by; with Buz­zard and Spar­rowhawk nest­ing in the wood­land. In au­tumn, the place comes alive with fungi, with more than 400 species found here and the ‘Sol­dier’s Leap’ is a great place to watch Sal­mon mov­ing up the river. With this abun­dance of fish, Otters are never too far away with Badgers, Foxes and Roe Deer also pos­si­ble so there’s plenty to see, here. Walk down un­der the viaduct and onto the gravel shoal look­ing for Goosander and any pass­ing Ospreys.

3Walk along the trail look­ing out for signs of Ot­ter and lis­ten­ing for the sound of singing fly­catch­ers and Red­starts.

4Walk down to the bridge look­ing out for Grey Wag­tail and Dip­per.


Wood War­bler Com­mon Sand­piper

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