We have had a real "seal of approval" for the work that was carried out on the reserve as many whooper swans, teal, wigeon, mallard and some pink-footed geese have taken up residence on our new reserve. On my first trip down to the 3rd hide today I was totally amazed with how at one you were with nature, it is really good to be out in the water with the wildfowl you are watching. A single whooper swan, on the flood, has a red ring on its leg and I have spent all day trying to read the lettering (with no success)- so if you're out on the reserve, or any where else, please check for rings and report them to the BTO. The wind has been strong today and the waves on the loch have been pretty choppy, making bird watching rather difficult, though Douglas (in the cafe) was able to pick out a single Slavonian grebe along with many great crested grebes, teal, wigeon, mallard and a large number of pintail.
Now that the cold weather has really arrived lets hope that the sea eagles make their now annual visit to the reserve (keep your fingers crossed). Until next Saturday keep checking the blog for any exciting information.