BIRKS OF ABER­FELDY

A dra­matic gorge with wa­ter and wood­land birds HIS IS A

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

OTHER WILDLIFE Both Red Squir­rel and Roe Deer are likely, es­pe­cially early in the morn­ing

Tpop­u­lar cir­cu­lar walk through won­der­ful mixed wood­land on the out­skirts of Aber­feldy. The burn falls through the gorge and pro­vides a dra­matic scene for you to en­joy, es­pe­cially after the heav­ens have opened and the rain­fall has to pass through the many gorges and over the many falls. Robert Burns vis­ited in 1787 and was in­spired to write the poem The Birks of Aber­feldie. The wa­ter is a mag­net for Dip­pers and Grey Wag­tails. Goosander may hunt the small Brown Trout, along with Grey Heron in the deep pools. The wood­land is a great place for birdsong in spring, with Wood War­bler a must-see bird. Other war­blers in­clude Chif­fchaff, Wil­low War­bler and Black­cap. There’s a good chance of see­ing Cross­bill if the cones have de­vel­oped on the Larch and Scots Pine. The area has sev­eral pairs of Buz­zards plus Spar­rowhawk and Kestrel. The birch wood­land has Red­starts breed­ing and both Siskin and red­polls will feed on the birch seed dur­ing win­ter. The Beech trees can make a bo­nanza for Chaffinches and Bram­bling.

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