The journey up was uneventful bird-wise - a Red Kite over the A1 in Yorshire and a Comon Sandpiper just before we got to Braemar.
The cottage we stayed at has a lovely garden complete with Birch woodland and pond and my first job on arrival was to have a mosey round. Five minutes later I'd found 2 Cuckoos, a pair of Spotted Flycatchers, a pair of Willow Warblers, a pair of Bullfinch and a pair of Siskin. Not bad in the cold wind and rain.
Willow Warblers, Braemar, 31st May
Cuckoo, Braemar, 31st May
Robin, Braemar, 31st May
An evening drive down to Linn of Dee coincided with a brief interlude of sunshine and a sunny edge was heaving with Spotted Flycatchers - at least 3 pairs - and Tree Pipits (at least 3). Towards the end of the road was a herd of 70+ Red Deer and a Wheatear.
Spotted Flycatcher, Linn of Dee, 31st May
Mistle Thrush, Linn of Dee, 31st May
Wheatear, Linn of Dee, 31st May
Tree Pipits, Linn of Dee, 31st May
(Move on to day 2)