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  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 12th November

    Sorry for my delay in writing the blog, it was a busy weekend. Saturday was a great day for birds with many different raptors - kestrel, peregrine, sparrow hawk and buzzard were all seen on the reserve, with the two peregrines flying over the flood and a great sighting of a sparrow hawk hunting by the...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 4th June

    The reserve is covered with small balls of fluff, FLEDGLINGS. Many of the small garden birds chicks have flown from the nest and are now perching near to their parents begging for food by flapping thier wings. As you wander up the path to the visitor centre the young greater spotted woodpecker can be...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 22nd October

    The first of the smews, for this winter, have turned up with a female fishing on the loch today. The numbers of geese are higher than last week with the lucky individuals, on the goose watch this morning, seeing 14,000 pink footed geese coming off the roost. There is a great variation of ducks on the...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday blog 9th April

    What a relief, finally we have had some sunshine and warmth here at Vane farm and it has brought some fantastic birds with it. The now almost regular wheatear is on its favourite spot, the dry stone wall, along with a couple of reed buntings . The flood is full of life with gadwall, tufted duck, wigeon...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 17th of November 2012

    Apoligies for the lack of blogging. What a fantastic day! The morning started well with a peregrine perching near the flood, and plenty of the usual buzzards and kestrels. Though even better than all that, in my opinion, was the female smew that showed well on the loch, it even got out of the water...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 21st May

    What a change, last Saturday I was wearing shorts but this Saturday the fleece was back on. Though the wet and windy weather may not be too pleasent for us, the birds don't seem to mind. On the flood the stunning male garganey has made vague though frequent appearances in with one of the small groups...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 28th April

    The reserve today is full of ducks, all feeding in the ponds. There are gadwall, teal, wigeon, tufted ducks and a couple of pairs of shell duck. We also have the first group of greylag goslings on the reserve, with a smaller group also on St Serfs. The lapwings on the reserve are busy nesting along with...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 27th August

    The Bog Master machine has arrived here at Vane Farm and the difference the work has made, in a week, is unbelievable. The majority of the ponds near the loch shore have been filled in, and work has began on our new ponds (the old flood) and the islands within them. On what is left of the old flood there...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 25th Feburary.

    We were lucky enough to have a whole flock of whooper swans very close in to the first hide today, offering great views. One of our visitors today got some great pictures of a peregrine, flying near the last hide with what looked like coot in it's claws. There are also plenty of goldeneye, tufted...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 3rd March

    It's spring again on the reserve with all of our garden birds in search of a site for a nest and great crested grebes displaying on the loch. The wonderful dance of the great crested grebe has begun and it won't now be long until their fluffy chicks are sitting on their backs. With the cafe now...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 20th of March

    What a beautiful day it has been, the sun is still shining over the whole of the reserve. And with this spring weather many of our spring birds are starting to arrive- the lesser and greater black backed gulls are beginning to arrive on St Serfs, though there are still many pink footed geese on the island...
  • Blog Post: Saturday Blog from Lewis

    A rather wet and windy start to the day, though it brightened up in the afternoon and we were rewarded with some great birds. The flood has shoveler, gadwall, mallard, coots and a large flock of wigeon grazing on the grass. After much searching finally the wheatears were found ( a new bird for me) and...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 11th February

    The loch still has some ice on it, though it has definitely been a lot milder today. When I arrived this morning the birds were calling loudly and the feeders where as busy as ever, there were also a few blue tits beginning to investigate our array of nest boxes. On the loch there are loads of pochard...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 5th May

    We now have a large crèche of greylag goslings, all feeding with their parents. On the wetland there are plenty of teal, mallard, a surprisingly large number of tufted duck and shelducks everywhere. A single osprey has been seen from the visitor today, though there was also one at burleigh sands this...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 30th October

    As I walked up the path to the visitor centre this morning, I was greeted by a single male bullfinch feeding in the trees-what a way to start your morning. On the reserve there are plenty of teal , eight curlew and a few pink-footed and greylag geese . The female smew is still on the loch, though it...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog- 1st of Decmber...SEA EAGLE!

    What a stunning day, the ground was frozen white and the sky clear and blue. And with the cold weather came one of our annual white tailed sea eagles, which was seen around castle island! On the loch there were plenty of ducks, including teal, mallard ,tufted duck and goldeneye and a mixed flock of whooper...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog - 18th June

    Rain, rain and more rain. Well when we can see through the rather damp windows of the visitor centre there are plenty of birds and other wildlife all over the reserve. On our bird feeders a stunning yellow hammer is making regular trips, to feast on the seeds, there are also plenty of goldfinches, greenfinches...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 14th April

    What a fantastic day, I have seen a new species for myself at the reserve- a tundra bean goose. Also I have seen my first osprey of the year flying over the loch, towards the Kinross pier. The bean goose was mixed in with a flock of pink footed geese, two of which had neck collars on but they were too...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 23rd April

    As I am typing this blog the rain is pouring from the sky, as it has been doing all day. When the flood can be seen through the thick mist there are a few pairs shoveler , some wigeon, a pair of great crested grebes and a large flock of tufted duck with the occasional pochard mixed in. Towards the loch...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 8th of December 2012

    What a fantastic day! The day started off well with a peregrine flying in close proximity to the visitor centre, a perfect way to start a cold morning. Though the highlight of the day was watching one, of the two, male hen harriers fly around the flood being mobbed by the resident ketrels. Other raptors...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 10th September

    The reserve is full of mud, which is perfect for a whole host of waders. A group, of what has to be about three hundred curlews, have been feeding on the disturbed soil and bathing in puddles that have been formed by the pouring rain. At the back of what used to be the flood there are about 10 ringed...
  • Blog Post: Lewis' Saturday Blog 25th August 2012

    What a great day! We were lucky enough to have a marsh harrier on the reserve today, which was seen in flight and feeding regularly throughout the day. There are also osprey, buzzards and a single kestrel on the reserve. The herons on the reserve have been showing well today as they attack the marsh...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 26th November

    As I write the blog this evening a large flock of pink-footed geese are descending on the shallow water of the bay. Though today has been really windy there are still many birds using the reserve and the loch. In the bay there are huge numbers of teal and lapwing - along with some pintail, shoveler and...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 22nd of September

    The loch this morning was picture perfect, with blue skies above and a flat calm loch. The change of season has also brought with it thousands of pink footed geese, that were today feeding on the reserve and the adjacent fields. We now also have some whooper swans at loch Leven with six of them feeding...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 16/04/11

    Today was most definetly a duck day, with ducks all over the reserve. On the flood there is a few pairs of gadwall and shoveler along with huge flocks of wigeon, teal and tufted duck . This morning a roe deer also made a brief apperance in the reeds at the back of the flood. Goldeneye and tufted duck...