Good afternoon all,
Events from the nest:
Our Osprey pair has not been seen around the nest area today and only the male was seen early yesterday morning; because of the lack of chicks this year it was always a possibility that our birds would leave a bit earlier for winter migration.
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Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
Today on the loch there were four grey herons, two mute swans, twenty five mallards and four tufted ducks.
Over the past week there have been more sightings of juvenile great crested grebes swimming independently alongside their parents, this is a pleasing sight as grebe nests are susceptible to flooding because they are constructed on the surface of the water with surrounding reeds and vegetation.
At the feeding station there were four pheasants, a great spotted woodpecker, two robins, four blue tits, two coal tits, two great tits, a jay, fourteen chaffinch, two greenfinch, a siskin and four red squirrels.
Conservation work and sightings on the Perthshire reserves:
The wet weather has meant access to some of our reserves has been limited so we have been busy with maintenance tasks around Lowes visitor centre, fencing work around the pathways and construction of Pine marten (Martes martes) den boxes.
We continued bracken control on the Balnaguard reserve, while heading up the hill we spotted a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) darting through the silver birch trees.
Perthshire Reserves Conservation Team