Wildlife Diary 4 March 2013 – Spring is in the air

by Lindsey, Wildlife Interpretation Officer

We’ve had some lovely dry, still days here at the Loch and spring is in the air and while we wait for the Ospreys to return we’re watching the other birds  begin their courtship. Over the weekend the Great Crested Grebe started their fabulous dance involving lots of head shaking, neck bending, calling and one lucky bird got presented with a beakful of weed, the Grebe equivalent of flowers and chocolates. One bird wasn’t so lucky, we chuckled as we watched it go to each of the Grebes on the loch and shake its head only to be dismissed by each one in turn!

Just this morning volunteer Phil spotted the Goldeneye start their displays with one male quite literally showing us his tail feathers. The Canada Geese are at it too.

Goldeneye Courtship Display by Phil Hannah- copyright
Goldeneye Courtship Display by Phil Hannah- copyright

Another spring visitor is the Brambling back at our feeding stations while our Little Grebe, who’s been hiding out in the reeds all winter, is back paddling around the loch in front of the hides.

Our Red Squirrels still have their winter colour and ear tufts making them all the more photogenic.

 

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by Lindsey, Wildlife Interpretation Officer We’ve had some lovely dry, still days here at the Loch and spring is in the air and while we wait for the Ospreys to …

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