According to the weather forecast, Wednesday looked mostly dry so we made a plan to go to the RSPB Reserve at the Loch of Kinnordy, a lovely picturesque hours drive from Braemar.
As we were leaving the house and putting the days supplies in the car, Jimmy was watching the river, he ran (never seen him move so fast) and told me there was an Otter in the river right in front of the house, I rushed in the house and told Tina and Jo and........
The fog though wouldn't budge and although the drive was still great, visibility was very poor. So we arrived at Loch Kinnordy, to find we couldn't see very much, but we persevered and were lucky enough to see two Red Squirrels near the feeders as we approached the east most hide. They disappeared much to quickly for a photo though. The feeders however were busy with Chaffinch, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Robin, Blackbird, Pheasant and the star for me Tree Sparrows,
We then worked the three hides from east to west, plenty of hot drinks were needed as in the fog it was freezing. As I said visibility was poor and you couldn't see very far out into the Loch, so we had to make do with any birds that came close, my scope was redundant and was returned to the car as we passed between hides.
Photo opportunities were few and far between, some birds did oblige, like this Wren,
We did see other birds in the gloom, Bullfinch, Teal, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Moorhen and Snipe.
We decided to call it a day and just pop into the Loch of Lintrathen, where the Scottish Wildlife Trust have a couple of hides, again it was very foggy, but we did add for the record a Red-breasted Merganser
Here endeth the second post of the trip!