365 Nature – Day 206
In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.
Today we arrived in Scotland, flying into Inverness . Unfortunately our luggage didn’t arrive with us and with only one flight from Amsterdam to Inverness a day, we have to wait until tomorrow and hope our bags arrive. After an emergency shopping trip, we drove to the Cairngorms to our rental cottage.
We arrived in the afternoon after much exhaustion to find a peaceful house with cows and sheep as the only neighbors. The house sits along side a marsh and I immediately spotted many birds around the cottage starting with Barn Swallows flying all around the house within a couple feet of the windows. I also spotted some brown, streaked birds that I think may be Meadow Pipits. They’re all over the area. There are also a lot of Greylag Geese in the fields and I identified a Blue Tit in the trees, Hooded Crows in the fields and Pied Wagtails all over.
We’re here for two weeks, and we don’t have much planned. There are a lot of RSPB reserves around here that I hope to visit along with some dolphin spotting and maybe a few castles. Otherwise, we’re going to just explore around the area. Hopefully our bags arrive soon along with our rain jackets that they contain because it’s raining, it’s Scotland.
Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.
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