Ian says ……. Today we decided on a ride up the Findhorn valley. Soon after leaving the A9 we had Brown Hares in the field next to the road but as we slowed down two ran for cover and another crouched down making photography impossible. We carried on stopping whenever there was something that caught our eye. Decent weather had arrived making the views stunning so needless to say it took us a considerable time to reach the top end. We passed the wild Goats and still a distance from the car park we could see a Golden Eagle. We went quickly – but safely - up the last bit and as we stopped the Goldie was just disappearing over the tops never to be seen again! We continued on foot up the glen for some distance but we only found a Peregrine. Back at the car it was a joint decision to go back over the Farr road and check Loch Ruthven. Nothing of interest there so it was back over the top and back down the Findhorn valley. We saw Red Kites and Dave and Neil saw Bullfinch but no Mountain Hares and no more Eagles. Once again it was heading towards tea time – the table already booked at one of our usual places so it was back for a shower and out for tea.
Pauline say's ... David and I stuck to our guns (and our seats) and remained on the car park hoping the eagle would appear over the tops nearer to us while the others opted for the long and boring walk - a mile and a quarter to the ruined buildings (oh how I hate long straight tracks that go to infinity!) We saw little of interest until a ring ouzel began singing close by on the hillside - that got our attention - but despite staring thro binocs we couldn't see him and he didn;t repeat the song either: I had the distinct feeling he was newly arrived in the valley and testing his vocal chords sparingly prior to a busy season.