Like the rest of Scotland there’s been lots of rain here today which is much needed as many of the small burns have dried up.These are an important water source for many species for drinking, bathing and as routes to get around. You would think that would mean there wasn’t much to see today, but its been a busy day on the loch.
Most excitingly we had a Snipe on the water’s edge having a fair good feed. The young Great Crested Grebe almost has its adult plummage and is now independent of its parents. It was feeding amongst the waterlilles along with many Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks including a late brood of three ducklings. Some Swallows and House Martins are still here along with the young Pochard, a Coot and a male Widgeon. The injured Swan was also feeding and looking in good health and is proving very resistant to any attempt to catch it. Over at the feeding stations one of this year’s Red Squirrel kits was leaping around from branch to branch as if it was testing itself how jumps it could do!