As a follow-up to last weeks blog much the same has been going on this week.
There are more bees. This Early Bee feeding is on the Butterbur. With few other wild flowers out, this appears to be a vital food plant for these early emerging insects. Contact with our insect surveyors suggests this and willow are main food sources. Butterbur is particularly good as it is out of the often strong and biting wind!
This fine Greylag goose nest was on one of the islands. It is wonderful how it made in the base of the tree. This looks like a full clutch has been laid and now is ready for incubation.
For nearly 20 years Barnacle Geese have nested on St Serfs Island. For a couple of summers there was a Ross’s Goose that summered with us at Loch Leven. It appears that there was a successful nesting attempt with this bird. this hybrid has recently been seen with the flock.
We have had the moth trap out in the compound outside the office. After a slow start we are slowly catching more species. This Red sword Grass was trapped the other day. They normally act like sticks and make poor photographs but this one woke up. It looks more like a bug then a moth.
The toads are still good fun. Not only the noisy chorus there are also being very enthusiastically lustful.
I got impatient trying to get a decent photo of the toad ball under water so I pulled it out to have a close look. At its peak there were 16 toads involved!
This length of wall also holds nesting Wren and Pied Wagtail. It’s amazing what you find if you stop to shut a gate!
Somewhere in this picture is a Wheatear. This species does not breed on the reserve but does nest in the nearby hills. We get them here while they migrate through. We are now getting regular views of Ospreys. The Pier seems to be the best place. We’ve spotted a few Swallows now. We’ve also heard various singing Willow Warblers and the odd Blackcap.
Looks like the good weather is set to last. Go forth and enjoy…..