Sorry again for the lack of posts over the past couple weeks, I’ve been on the Isle of May helping with various tasks that you can read about on the Isle of May blog. So, back to Loch Leven and what’s happening?
To start off with, there’s a Fungi Foray taking place on this coming Sunday (25th Sept) from 2-4pm! We’ll be meeting in the Findatie car park and then heading into the birch forest around Levenmouth to search for as many species of fungi as possible! There will be an expert mycologist attending so no need to worry if you aren’t a fungus fanatic, the event is for everyone!
As per usual it’s a free event, but please call the office on 01577 864439 to book a place.
I went out on to the reserve on Saturday just to see what was going on and managed to find these. I haven’t got round to trying to identify them yet but maybe we’ll find them again on Sunday!
If a fungi foray isn’t a sign of the changing season then surely the Silver Birch leaves changing colour is? I’m looking forwards to the beautiful view of the canopy once it’s turned that lovely golden colour, especially on cold mornings like the one we’ve had today!
If the breakdown of chlorophyll in the leaves of birch trees hasn’t got you excited for autumn (and I’d find that hard to believe) then surely the arrival of the first Pink-footed Geese of the season will have you anticipating the colder weather!
There were at least 18 of them on the loch when I looked on Saturday, with more migrating over. I even had some fly over me on the Isle of May!
These geese will be very grateful for the food and rest that they can get at Loch Leven after flying from as far away as Eastern Greenland! As many of you will know, the numbers of geese at the loch will far exceed 18, with over 18,000 (10% of the world’s Pink-footed Goose population) using the loch and surrounding fields as their wintering grounds.
However, it’s not just the Pinkfeet using Loch Leven at this time of year. Thousands of other wildfowl and waders use the site to moult their feathers as they can’t fly when this is taking place. On Saturday I was treated to some nice views through the scope of Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye and Gadwall, and that’s just the ducks!