We have just returned from a holiday in Dumfries and Galloway. We had looked in vain for Red Squirrels in several places where they were known to live, but had failed to see more than a chewed or discarded pine cone.
We had perched in a Red Squirrel hide, ordered coffee in a Red Squirrel cafe and asked and asked for suggestions, but our quest continued.
We ended up at Eskrigg Reserve, a beautiful forest near Lockerbie. We sat patiently, watching a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay, a Mute Swan, a Treecreeper ... but no sign of a squirrel.
We were beginning to think that we would have to move on when we came across a hut, and there, just outside, hanging from a nut feeder was ... a Red Squirrel.
We went on to see three more, and thoroughly enjoyed watching these magnificent animals as they interacted with one another, sat up on their haunches and ran up and down the pine trees.
I have reported our sightings on the Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels site. What a privilege to be able to watch - and log - these exquisite creatures.