We had to cancel the volunteering last week. The gods threw the worst possible weather at us. So it was a nice change today when this morning it was glorious sunshine!
The group split into two. The one group got to fix the fence along near the hide. The other group drew the long straw. It meant setting off on bikes and doing lots of little jobs around the trail. These included fencing, clearing the hides, moving some hay bails and putting up events posters.
I took the camera just in case there were some photographic opportunities and a pair of binoculars for wildlife spotting. It proved to be a good day for both of these.
Loch Leven has been at an estimated 50% ice coverage this week
There was a little thaw late afternoon breaking up the ice in places
This broken ice re-froze creating amazing patterns off Burleigh
Looking back south from Burleigh
The Green Isle reflection
The water level has dropped six inches since the heavy rain, and the ice gives that away
Hungry woodpigeons feed on the oil seed rape…..
But are scared off by a distant passing car
Ten little grebes were on the North Quiech by the bridge this morning
Swans are keeping a small bit of the east loch ice-free
See how the ice and storms have trashed the reedbeds in the east
Guess who will be back round tomorrow a.m. to read this ring with a scope? One of three!
The broken ice sure makes some pretty patterns!
I think volunteers David and Alan really enjoyed their little cycle about the reserve today with me. This was one of many photo stops. This particular image was taken at the East Brackley viewpoint at the RSPB centre.