Good afternoon all,
Events at the nest today:
There has been very little activity on the nest today. Neither bird was seen spending any length of time on the nest until 03:59pm this afternoon, when the female returned and carried out some maintenance of the nest. She then began to call for her mate.
The male flew in with a medium sized trout at 04:21pm this afternoon. The female appeared to reject the offering and the male then took it away with him.
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Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
It has been overcast and gloomy today after the bright sunshine of the weekend.
A single great crested grebe was seen out on the loch today, along with two mute swans, twenty-four Canada geese and forty-five mallard.
Seen at the feeding station were three blue tits, three coal tits, four great tits, ten chaffinches, seven greenfinches, seven siskin, a yellowhammer, a goldfinch and a jay.
Mammals recorded around the reserve today included a total of three red squirrels at the peanut feeders, a wood mouse and a single white fallow deer.
Conservation work and sightings on the Perthshire reserves:
The conservation team is currently controlling Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera on two of the Perthshire reserves. Himalayan Balsam is an invasive species which was introduced from western Himalaya in 1839, it can grow to 3 meters tall and out competes other vegetation. The reason for this is each plant can produce up to 800 seeds and has spread at a rate of 645 kilometres squared per year in the UK. Flowers are seen from June though to October. An extensive stand of Himalayan balsam may reduce species richness in a given area by 25%, Himalayan balsam is shallow rooted and the most effective measure for control is to pull up the whole plant.
Ringlet butterflies are in abundance on SWT Perthshire reserves just now and sightings of Roe and Fallow deer are common place; the Roe deer are in prime condition at this time of year with their coats a rich red/ brown colour.
Perthshire Reserves Conservation Team