Spring has sprung and we’re seeing lots of changes locally. Most of our wintering wildfowl have gone and migrant birds are slowly trickling in. Our first Swallows were seen this week with the hundreds of Sand Martins. We’re spotting daily Ospreys and Chiffchaffs are singing in all corners of the reserve. (Osprey flyby photographed below!)
Other good migrants seen on the loch include a summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe and a Long-tailed Duck along with a good count of 10 Scaup. A Little-ringed Plover and 2 Black-tailed Godwits are along side the Glossy Ibis at the RSPB centre.
Both chaffinch and Yellowhammer are in the fields and singing from the hedgerows.
We’ve been trapping moths since mid march. We’ve caught 185 Macro moths which consists of just seven species so far. The highlight was a Red-sword Grass caught in the compound by the office.
We also caught this tiny micro moth which is a March Dagger