Good afternoon all,
Events from the nest:
10:45am – Both birds on nest, both mantling.
12:20pm – Male returns to nest briefly, and then leaves.
12:23pm – Female returns to nest briefly, and then leaves.
12:56pm – Male returns to nest with stick, then leaves.
13:04pm – Female returns to nest and starts to call.
13:24pm – Female leaves nest. Both birds are seen in nearby tree opposite hides.
15:24pm – Female returns to nest and starts to call.
Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
Today on the loch there were four adult great crested grebes, one of which had two chicks swimming alongside it, three mute swans, one hundred and sixty Canada geese, sixty mallards, eighteen tufted ducks, thirteen goosander, two ospreys and a buzzard.
At the feeding station there were ten chaffinch, three siskins, a pheasant, a great spotted woodpecker, a robin, a coal tit and a red squirrel.
Conservation work and sightings on the Perthshire reserves:
Today we continued to control balsam and bracken on one of our reserves, as we were leaving the reserve we saw a buzzard flying over head alarm calling, a little further along the path we spotted a large nest high up in one of the trees.
Also seen were two dragonflies, a toad, several young common frogs, ringlet butterflies, green-veined white butterflies; some of the bird life seen were wrens, gulls, wagtails and swallows.
On the rather wet Tuesday, the team freshened up the Crannog hide at Lowes with a new coat of paint and general tidy up. We also caught up on some maintenance tasks around the visitor centre, including refurbishing the bird feeding stations outside the viewing window.
Perthshire Reserves Conservation Team