Early Birds Tour

Length: Half day

Best time of year: Spring and Summer

Best time of day: Pre-dawn start

Possible species: Black grouse, Red grouse, Curlew, Lapwing, Common gull, Snipe, Reed bunting, Red kite, Buzzard, Raven, Short-eared owl, Hen harrier and Kestrel. Also seen: Red and Roe deer, Rabbits and Brown hares.

Description: Most birds are active in the early morning but some like the Black grouse are real dawn specialists. This is the best time to see them at their display leks before they disperse for the day. We would hope for a supporting cast of drumming Snipe and bubbling Curlew as well as Hen harrier emerging from their overnight roost (early Spring). We would then move on to Glen Artney for a gentle walk to pick up some more moorland birds or, depending on preference, take a drive into Glen Artney, Glen Lednock and/or around Loch Earn to spot birds and other wildlife from or near to the car.

itinerary Itinerary
  • Collection from accommodation (within a 30-mile radius of St Fillans) early morning or meet at the Field of Refuge car park, Comrie
  • Aim to be on site just before sunrise (times will vary throughout the year)
  • Watch Black grouse lek from car hide for approx. 1 hr
  • Hot drink and snacks served from the car once grouse have dispersed
  • Stay for another hour or so to look for other birds, deer, rabbits and hares
  • Move on to moorland walk/driven tour of glens
  • Drop off at accommodation/agreed location
What to Bring What to Bring
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Binoculars (available to borrow)
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water
  • Sensible shoes/boots
  • Medication (as needed)
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