May 30 2019

Urquhart Bay Cover – Dawn Chorus Walk

On Thursday 23rd May, I was one of eight groggy but enthusiastic souls who assembled at 5.30am on a rather grey morning at the carpark at Urquhart Bay woods (locally known as “the Cover”) to benefit from the expertise of Toby Green, a volunteer from Glencharnoch Wood in Carrbridge, on a Dawn Chorus walk.


Before we even entered the wood, we witnessed nature “red in tooth and claw” as a fox took a rabbit in the neighboring field. Toby shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject, helping us to pick out the range of songs and calls around us. The Cover supports a dense population of wrens, song thrush, robins, chaffinch and great, blue and long tailed tits, but we were also treated to sightings of bullfinch, blackcap and a great spotted woodpecker, and a grey heron and goosander both obligingly passed overhead.


The group enjoyed a highly entertaining and informative event, so a big thank-you to Toby for sharing his time and knowledge.


Gordon Watson

Volunteer Woodland Warden, Urquhart Bay

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