A look out our Kinross hotel window at 7am revealed a wet and dreary morning but it was my birthday and we were heading east to the coast so my hopes were not dampened.
As we made our way down the A91 across Fife the weather cleared and we arrived at Morton Lochs in Tentsmuir Forest with blue sky and sunshine.
It was colder than it looked.
The sounds of Chaffinches and Tits filled the air as we headed to a feeding area hoping to see more Red Squirrel after our encounter at Kielder the previous day.
A near black squirrel ran across our path as we approached the feeders and after settling down and waiting it was only 5 minutes or so before another returned.
Mute Swans on Morton Lochs.
10 minutes later it was back to blue sky as if nothing had changed.
Leaving the Lochs we moved south to Guardbridge and the hide at Eden Estuary.
Tree Sparrows were joined on the feeders by Greenfinches, Siskins & Long Tailed Tits.
A small walk across to the harbour and beach produced my 1st Rock Pipit of the year.
Unfortunately the weather had other plans as very strong stormy winds at Largo Bay made it difficult to stand never mind raise the binoculars to scan the crashing white tips for birds.
We left Largo Bay or more like blown away from and headed back to the hotel in Kinross.Before getting back north numerous skeins of geese totalling around 400 took flight from a field so we stopped the car and listened and watched them as they flew overhead.The noise was immense and breathtaking.
It was a mixture of Greylag Geese & Pink-Footed Geese.
Turning around from photographing the geese I realised I had another observer giving me the look that most of us get from non-wildlife lovers when photographing the natural world.
Total Bird List for trip-
39.Wren 40.Wigeon 41.Long Tailed Tit 42.Redshank 43.Curlew 44.Greater black Backed Gull 45.Tree Sparrow 46.Shelduck 47.Skylark 48.Eider(New for 2014) 49.Rock Pipit(New for 2014) 50.Black tailed Godwit(New for 2014) 51.Pink-Footed Geese(New for 2014)
Thanks again for reading through my trip.Sorry for posting 2 posts in one day but it means I can keep up now as long as I have internet connection in the Highlands:)
Tomorrow we head further north to Kenmore & Loch Tay before heading through Glencoe & Fort William.It may become more interesting than I want as snow is forecast for the morning:(
Will try and post tomorrow night for Day 3.