Day One: Thursday 2nd April
Another year and another short Scotland trip ahead of us.
An early morning flight out of Stansted into Glasgow, meant we wouldn't be wasting valuable birding time. Having collected the luggage and sorted out the hire car, we were on the road by 10am.
Premier Inn Hotel in Fort William was to be our base for the next three nights. With plenty of time to spare before we could book in we decided to head for Oban.
Not surprisingly Hooded Crow was the first addition to the year list. Much more of a surprise was the sight of a Golden Eagle drifting across a mountain top barely an hour after leaving Glasgow.
Oban produced more sightings of Hoodie's as well as a very confiding Rock Pipit several Eiders and at least three Black Guillemots.
After booking in and unloading the car, we headed back out and took a short tour of the Glen Nevis area.
A brief stop at a fast flowing stream, delivered the goods with excellent views of Dipper.
The return journey towards Fort William produced sightings of three cock Black Grouse busily feeding in a roadside field. A Buzzard flew down and landed on a fence post close to the Grouse. One Grouse decided it was safer to fly up into a nearby tree, while the other two just carried on feeding.