Where’d my pals go?

Whooper Swan at Levenmouth

Whooper Swan at Levenmouth

This Whooper Swan cuts a lonely figure as it drifts across Levenmouth pool.  It has obviously missed the migration north to Iceland that its kin have embarked on.  There could be a number of reasons for this, and it could yet set off.  Has the delayed seasonal change confused it, or could it be an age or health issue?

Have you seen any unusual residents near you recently?  Unseasonal migrants perhaps, or escaped birds from collections?

We see our fair share of them at Loch Leven:  Barnacle Geese seem to be doing very well for themselves on St Serfs, despite usually wintering on the west coast of Scotland and breeding in Greenland and Svalbard.

Barnacle Geese

Barnacle Geese

In recent years we’ve also had the fantastic Red-breasted Goose, and does anyone remember the Black Swan of 2008?  I would be very surprised if this individual had been blown in from its home in Australia!

Black Swan

Black Swan


About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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