I've known of the Loch for years and never got there. Nice to see the nest occupied once again, the male on the nest when I was there. Visible from a hide but even with binoculars it's difficult to see nest detail, so the camera feed into the Centre showed the bird, the eggs, really well. Swaying a bit in the wind but obviously well constructed.
A big glass windows and lots of feeders brought in loads of small birds, finches, t*ts (censored by Tripadvisors, the prats!) , siskins, redpolls, bramblings, yellowhammer, woodpecker ...
WIthin five minutes of arrival up hopped a red squirrel. Demolished a few nuts, had a quick tour of the area, and away again.
You can spend ages in the woods and see a fraction of what was right there before our very eyes.
They run a small cafe! i.e. a self-service tea and biscuits off a shelf in a corner! You go for the birdlife not the cuisine, but they'll help twitchers keep body and soul together if staying a long time.
Wile we were there a school group and some college students came through. Loads of volunteers telling visitors pretty much anything they needed to know. Well done the Scottish WIldlife Trust: a great day out.
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