When: July 2015 Weather: cool, 15-20C
Nikon P900 Leica M240/35 summilux and 21 super elmar
Acknowledgement: Richard White for bird identification
Gleneagles Hotel and its golf courses (which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup) is a famous establishment in Scotland. We were there for a retreat and whilst the others were off golfing and fishing, I explored the woodland adjacent to the Gleneagles Hotel to do some birding…
Checking out birding locations, I could either walk the gold courses or head for the Glenmor Woodland Walk nearby. I chose the woodland walk the first day and walked the 2 mile walk around the Queen’s Course the second day. The woodland walk is a short walk from the hotel and you can access it by an underpass…as you emerge, there are a few new houses there and then the woodland trail starts….you follow the red discs that you see in this picture..
When you conclude the walk…it’s 5 miles and about 3 hours, you end up near the equestrian area and the Gleneagles Arena which is near the hotel…
The next morning, I decided to walk towards the Dormy clubhouse and Centenary course area to have a look for the swans which had cygnets not long ago and then on to the 2 mile hike around the Queen’s Course.
On to the Queen’s course, which was scenic but did not yield many birds….
After walking the course, you end up walking along the main road back towards the underpass that leads to the woodland…I decided that there was enough activity at the beginning of the woodland and decided to explore it once more…..this time just as I entered the grassy patch, I noticed a hide-like structure on the right fork and found that there were many bird feeders etc …and it turned out to be the most fruitful area…
The Gleneagles hotel grounds are magnificent….but a local ramble to birdwatch in the Glenmor Woodland Walk is well worth doing if you don’t golf….