No holiday on the Solway would be worth it without spending time up in the hills. The weather was marginally better but it's almost as if many birds aren't back yet. Large tracts of the conifer forest are devoid of very much other than the odd Robin and Chaffinch with the occasional chipping Crossbill and Siskin calling. So was it, but worth it ! There's a particular serenity and wildness to Galloway at this time of year.
I had a tremendous flock of around 60 Icelandic Redwing in resplendent plumage. Add to that a Raven giving the whole display scenario. Little else, but the day was still worthwhile although a little empty on excitement !