This Pink-footed Goose looked rather out of place on Carsehall Bog in amongst the Greylags. The size difference is evident in the picture above. This individual is likely to have remained resident at Loch Leven throughout the summer with the Greylags, as a few individuals do each year if they are unable to or unwilling to migrate north with the rest of their kin. The migratory Pinkfeet are building steadily now, with the first full-site goose count of the season recording more than 8000 individuals already.
It’s also great to welcome back our other star winter migrants- the Whooper Swans. A family can be seen drifting through assorted ducks and Coot below, having recently returned from their breeding grounds in Iceland following a similar migratory path to the Pinkies. Wildfowl numbers throughout the winter can be astonishing at Loch Leven, sometimes with as many as 60,000 individuals to record during a wetland bird survey.
A rare site of a hunting fox greeted me as I returned via the Heritage Trail by bike last week- the fox was successful moments after the picture was taken, leaving the scene with a Field Vole in it’s mouth.