Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

A long time since I had a musical reference, but I’m sure Derek will get this one. I head intended to do all three Balmoral challenges in one go, but I didn’t get away early enough due to other commitments. I headed up Glen Gelder on the bike from Easter Balmoral, then left it at the wee hut to get up to the Prince’s Stone. It was hot and hard work, and I missed the start of the hill path, but stopped a little farther on. I was glad I did, because I had a look at the map, then checked out the cliff face to the west, and a peregrine was perched near the top. Returning the same way, I had time to go round to Princess Royal’s Cairn, but no photos, as my camera battery went flat. Creag Doin will have to wait for another day. Birds included song and mistle thrush, great spotted woodpecker, wren, goldcrest, wheatear, blackcock, lapwing, oystercatcher, meadow pipit, swallow, sand martin, willow warbler, buzzard, peregrine falcon, snipe. There were lots of red deer as well and a couple of roe, and last but not least, an adder, on the slope of Cnapan Nathraichean, the Little Knob of Adders.