The season is really taking shape

Spring is really beginning to take shape or at least I thought it was. A fresh albeit brief batch of snow yesterday and then a ground frost were a surprise for the last days in April! Last week things seemed to be in full swing. Multiple Swallows engaging in aerial battles, almost constant chorus of Blackbirds and Song Thrushes and Blackcaps and Great Crested Grebes actively displaying at the Pier.

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This Chaffinch was in fine voice at Kirkgate

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A Tree Sparrow collecting nesting material. This bird went on to reject this feather

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A Tree Pipit exploded into song at Levenmouth

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These Ivy berries are the last remaining supplies from the winter larder. An important food source for Blackbirds and Thrushes.

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This gang of Goosanders is still present around the Loch. It consists of mostly juvenile males and females but the two or three adults females are getting a lot of attention from the males. See the displaying bird on the left hand side.

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The moth trap occasionally catches the odd interesting specimen. Top is a Herald. This over wintering moth is an irregular visitor to the office trap. Below is an Early Grey. They’re flight season is nearly over.

We’re seeing a few more Butterflies now. Normally early season records are dominated by Small Tortoiseshells but there are plenty Peacocks on the wing.

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Peacock butterfly. This slightly tatty individual probably overwintered

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After a slow start we’re seeing more Small Tortoiseshells

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Still scarce around Loch Leven, this Comma is the second to be reported to us this year

A few wildflowers are coming out now too. It’s nice to see the woodland floor getting a little colour at last.

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Cuckooflower is the food plant for Orange-tip Butterflies

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Primrose colonies are scattered up Vane Hill

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Beautiful patches of Wood Sorel are appearing

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The ponds around the trail have plenty of Palmate Newts in

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This herd of Roe Deer are regularly seen round the trail near the Golf course. It’s not long before they will be in foal. The Quadbike broke down because I stopped to take this picture so I hope it’s worth it!

Still lots of spring to go. Hopefully we’ll be out there recording it!

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Naturalist living in Kinross-shire originally from Gloucestershire. Twitter @Jeremysquire
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2 Responses to The season is really taking shape

  1. Pattie Leonardis says:

    Beautiful ~ thank you!

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