Mike here, giving you the latest sightings from the Falls of Clyde. This week has been a week for odd weather with a casual snow day then warm sunshine but cold nights.
So for on the reserve with our birds we have seen a pair of bullfinch showing nicely above Corra Linn waterfall. There have also been further sightings of mistle thrush and song thrush. As I type this there is both singing dipper and grey wagtail on the river with the lone cormorant being here in the mornings. There has also been a sighting of 12 fieldfares seen on the reserve moving through the trees.
There are still singing blackbird, chaffinch, robin, great tit, dunnock and wren all making their presence known on the reserve. There have also been sightings of coal tit, with greater spotted woodpeckers still drumming. At night you can hear the distinctive sound of the pink-footed geese as they fly over.
For wildflowers we have lesser celandine, dog’s mercury, marsh marigold, wood anemone, opposite golden saxifrage and alternative golden saxifrage plus the greater wood rush and cuckoo flower are flowering. We have also recorded five herald moths on the reserve, hidden in a dark cave-like area.
There have also been sightings of the three roe deer during the day and I get the joy of hearing them barking throughout the night!
So to finish things off we will go into sightings about what has been seen out of the reserve. There are now 31 waxwings reported from a garden in Barrhead. An alpine swift has been seen at RSPB Barons Haugh with it moving to Strathclyde Loch, where there are also 12 scaup and 50+ sand martins. A final note that there has been a humpback whale spotted from Cloch Point.
Feel free to send in your local sightings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Butler – Falls of Clyde Seasonal Ranger, Scottish Wildlife Trust
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