This morning however, a Bullfinch was calling from trees here in Nethybridge with a very different call, rather like a childs toy trumpet is the best description.
These "trumpeting" birds are thought to come from much further east, possibly even Siberian Russia, though ID is not that simple. There was an influx in 2004 in Northern Europe including the UK, which is the last time I heard these in the Strath.
Will keep an eye out and try and get a photo or even a recording if it appears again.
Waxings are also starting to be reported from Highland, so far none in Nethybridge but with plenty of berries about it surely won't be long.
If you ever wonder what on earth that bird is calling as it flys over, we will be running some Fieldcraft Days, aimed at concentrating on calls and bird ID.
There is no better place than to learn calls in the field and on an average day we will probably encounter 30-40 species at least, using a variety of habitats from the forests to the coast....if you are interested check our calendar for dates, the first one is on Mon 11th November.