A Bird’s Eye View- In this peaceful scenic locality the birdwatcher can have a relative field day. The slow moving river with its adjacent fields and mix of deciduous and pine trees leading up the hillsides presents a perfect backdrop for a diversity of bird life.
In spring visitors arrive from far flung places but before they do flocks of Greylag Geese head north overhead while any wintering Whooper Swans join this migration as they leave their winter quarters. Soon they will be replaced by Swallows, Swifts and House Martins which can be seen in abundance around the farm buildings. Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler also come to the area.
They join the local residents such as Blue, Coal and Grey Tits, Robins, Wrens and Blackbirds. Song Thrushes return from their winter break while the Greater Spotted Woodpecker can be seen and heard in the trees adjoining the golf course.
In the skies above Red Kites patrol at times while Buzzard, Peregrine, and Ravens pass overhead. A Dipper has been seen in the stream which borders the golf course, while Pied Wagtail and Long-tailed Tits are around from time to time.
Spring and summer is a good time to visit the glens to the west of Aigas. The Glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric all bring their individuality to bear. Golden Eagle, Red Throated Diver, Crossbill, Crested Tit, Tree Pipit and Redstart have all been viewed. Also in the summer the Beauly Firth a few miles to the east of Aigas usually hosts a flock of Canada Geese who come north to moult.
The arrival of autumn and winter sees the departure of the summer visitors, but the aforementioned Beauly Firth offers an influx of Geese, Ducks and Waders using it for winter feeding. Shelduck, Whooper Swans, Greylag and Pink-footed Geese, Pintail, Wigeon, along with Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Godwit have all been seen. Goosanders and Grebes also use this winter refuge. All in all there is much to see all the year round.
Happy and successful birding to all those who come to see. Richard Prentice