Good afternoon all,
Events at the nest today:
At 09:05am this morning, the male arrived back at the nest with a large fish which was then taken away by the female. Then at 16:09pm this afternoon, he flew in once again with what appeared to be a small pike clutched in his talons. The female appeared to reject the offering and flew off the nest without the fish, followed soon after by 7Y. He then returned the nest, still holding onto the fish at 16:14pm, but did not stay long. Then at 16:17pm, the female landed back on the nest and resumed incubation.
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Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
On and above the water of the loch today, forty two mallard, five mute swans, twenty four Canada geese, three greylag geese, three tufted duck, four oystercatchers, twenty three sand martin, two house martin, nine swallows, six swift and a pair of great crested grebes was sighted. Around sixty black-headed gulls were also seen, along with a female goosander with six young in tow.
At the feeding station, three blue tits, five great tits, five siskins, a reed bunting, two yellowhammers, four greenfinches, four pheasant, a jay, a carrion crow, a wood pigeon and a bank vole were recorded. On other parts of the reserve, a robin and four pied wagtails were recorded. A total of three red squirrels were seen in the area as well today.
The woods surrounding the loch have been alive with young fledglings today. Four young great spotted woodpeckers were seen, and five young coal tits were seen accompanied by an adult, clamouring to be fed.
SITA Species Protection Officer