(By the way - we are making progress with the Caper - more in my next blog)
The first photo is of a Red Kite soaring overhead at the RSPB Red Kite Centre at Tollie, by Dingwall and Strathpether. It is on the road to Ullapool off the Dingwall roundabout. It's well worth a visit to get some spectacular views of the kites fromThe Black Isle and beyond (and you may well bump into Kate and myself!). The RSPB has done a tremendous job re-introducing these fantastic birds to our skies: a great success story; so share in tit and pop over to visit the Centre.
The Pinkfoot will be returning north in their thousands soon; here are a couple of images from last year's migration. The sky will be filled with sights like the two below.
As we are now on the right side of winter, I thought we could look at what pleasure we have to come. Here is a Willow Warbler singing its heart out to welcome in spring.
This Coal Tit was feeding its young in Strath Conon.
In early summer you can hardly fail to see the white rump of a Wheatear flash past your windscreen as you drive down our county roads. Here a parent watches over a juvenile.
By the way - some of you may have noticed I have cheated a wee bit on this post - quite a few of these photos have appeared before - I just thought it was nice to see them all together!