Wildlife Diary Saturday 23rd June

Those of you based in other parts of the UK may want to skip the next sentence… It’s been a lovely dry, sunny but windy day here at the Loch today or ‘one fleece*’ weather. Anyone watching the web cam will have seen the tree swaying and shoogling.

Our Osprey chick continues to grow and today has been flapping and stretching its wings and at one point looked like it was going to go to the edge of the nest and try flying! It’s still a few weeks to fledging so plenty of time for that. There have been a couple of fish deliveries today with a large lunchtime fish being recycled a couple of times. As I write this the male has just returned with it for a third time and our female is shredding the final tail end for herself and the chick.

The Canada Geese appeared with some of their goslings again, it looked like it was a crèche with a few adults minding three sets of youngsters of different ages; some of them were almost in their adult plumage while others were still fluffy and grey.

The Great Crested Grebe nest is still there with the parents taking it in turns to either incubate or add to the nest while another pair have been displaying to each other throughout the day.

Over at the feeding station Redstart have been seen on the feeders and we believe they’re nesting nearby and Yellowhammer have been making regular appearances.

*The fleece weather rating

No fleece = very hot and sunny, likely record temperatures, rarely happens

One fleece = Scottish Summer –  sunny, windy with some rain thrown in

Two fleece = Scottish Spring and Autumn – wind and rain with rare glimpses of the sun

Three fleece = Scottish Winter – wear thermals

White fleece = stuck in a snowdrift please get help

Lindsey

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Those of you based in other parts of the UK may want to skip the next sentence… It’s been a lovely dry, sunny but windy day here at the Loch …

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