Bird of the Year in Glengairn

I parked past Gairnshiel and headed up the Gairn by bike to Corndavon Lodge. Then over the bridge and up the hill. Although not marked on the map, there is a track to the summit of Tom Breac from the highpoint of the marked track. It was warm and still on the summit, a treat after the recent high winds. I had just headed back down the glen when an enormous bird rose out of the heather just the other side of the river. A white=tailed eagle! I thought it would disappear, but it just flopped down on to the ground and sat there. After a while it headed off down river, but I met up with it again below Daldownie bridge. Great views of a fantastic bird. I also saw curlew, lapwing, oystercatcher, snipe, redshank, sandpiper, golden plover, dipper, skylark, wheatear, ring ouzel, red grouse, meadow pipit, willow warbler and greylag goose. I don’t think the eagle photo will win any prizes.