Prior to half-term, our 3rd Form pupils joined Warden, Hugh Ouston, to listen to the birds in full song.
Just before half-term (to allow pupils to sleep it off), members of the 3rd Form woke up at the very early hour of 4am to go out and hear the dawn chorus in the woods behind Cairnies and on the golf course. It was a beautiful dawn and the birds were in full song.
The Warden, who started his birdwatching while a pupil at Glenalmond in the 1960s, amazed us with his ability to differentiate all the songs, pick them out singly and identify them for us: blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, robin, goldcrest, willow warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff, wren and chaffinch, as well as the bubbling cry of the curlew.
We arrived on the golf course in the cold dawn and were there to witness the sun rising over the Sma’ Glen and the sunlight moving gradually down to light up the trees. At 6am the group repaired to Cairnies where Housemaster Peter Golden cooked a delicious bacon and egg breakfast to set us up for the day.
A magical experience.