Return of the Plover

16th March 2022

A ‘spring-like’ day on Fionn Bheinn.

Warm sunshine and light winds, made for a pleasant day on the mountains. The overnight dusting of new snow was quickly melted by the sunshine below 700 metres with evidence of roller balls on steep East and South aspects at around that altitude. The old snowpack remained firm at higher elevations with no new cornice developement observed.

For the first time this forecasting season we were accompanied by the sounds of the Golden Plover and the Skylark, making a wlecome return to the slopes of the mountains.

Golden Plover Bird Facts | Pluvialis Apricaria – The RSPB

A brief return to winter is expected tomorrow with gale force winds and snow/rain showers before high pressure starts to build giving some warmer days  and colder nights ahead.

(Above) Fionn Bheinn and its NE coire of Toll Mor. Mostly old snowpack with a dusting of fresh snow which does not gain significant depth. No cornices of note either.

(Above) Torridon mountains from the Southern slopes of Fionn Bheinn

(Above) Just enough new snow to make a foot print.

(Above) Roller balls on an East aspect at around 700 metres

(Above) A panorama looking north from the summit coire of Fionn Bheinn. The Fannaichs are on the right and the mountains of The Great Wilderness are on the left.

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