Some of you might have noticed my name on yesterday’s blog instead of Emma’s so I thought I tell you a bit more. I’m the new Wildlife Interpretation Officer and am based in the hides here at the Lowes doing ‘live’ interpretation i.e. explaining to people more about our Ospreys and other wildlife and what else is going on in the loch. If you’re up visiting chances you’ll bump into me in the hides or please come and say hello as it is great to meet people who read our blog. Along with a couple of others I’ll be helping Emma keep the blog up to date.
There’s been lots of Osprey activity today with many mating attempts, some more successful than others. It looks like there were about six successful attempts as our female gave the distinctive tail ‘shake’ afterwards, while there were many other attempts that were definitely not successful including the one where he landed on her wing and fell off! He brought in a large trout again but after yesterday’s shenanigans our female took charge, whisking the fish off him as soon as he landed and flew off to eat it herself.
On the loch itself the Goldeneye, Canada Geese and Cormorants have all been displaying with a group of Goldeneye showing off directly in front of the Tall and Crannog hides so we got a great views. The Mute Swans seem to have settled down after yesterday when a new male was trying to muscle in on one of our resident pairs which saw him being chased off several times.
Back on land the Red Squirrels have been full of the joys of spring jumping from tree to tree above the centre showing what they can do and enjoying the feeders at the side of the centre.
And finally the humans have had a busy day with a different form of displaying as STV, BBC RadioScotlandand Radio Tay all asked for interviews so watch out for Emma on STV and BBC or you can hear me on Radio Tay.
By Lindsey Gibb