Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Aberfoyle - Forest & mountain and Red Squirrels 12/4/15

A trip towards the mountains near Callander took us to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Aberfoyle. Fantastic scenery with a fresh layer of snow on the mountains. Although cold and damp the weather cleared for us and blue skies appeared as we approached Aberfoyle. 
The visitor centre staff were very helpful and the cafe with its amazing views brilliant for both coffee and lunch was excellent.
We took the short trail to the Wildlife hide in the hope of seeing Red Squirrels. The walk is through a mixture of woodland and stream and even a dramatic waterfall! Arriving at the hide we spent at least an hour watching Coal, Blue and Great Tits, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Blackbird come to the feeders. Then as we thought about leaving two Red Squirrels turned up to the feeders. Amazing to watch these wonderful animals climb into the feeders.
Leaving the visitor centre we took the 3 Lochs Drive in the hope of seeing an Osprey. No Osprey but a truly most picturesque and dramatic drive where we saw a Gooosander and some Ravens.

Robin on the beautiful moss and lichen

                  The trees are covered in this lovely delicate moss

Mirrors in the woods! Gave a great effect!

                  Red Squirrel just out of the box!
Waiting to go in!

                                                             Suddenly a waterfall appeared

Mountain view - stunning

                    Along the three lochs drive

Pines and mountains - breathe in that air!

                    Along the 3 lochs drive - stunning

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