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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' 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 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' 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 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: 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 18th February

    Apologies for the late blog. The weather condition on Saturday were weird to say the least, with mixtures of snow and sunshine. This didn't seem to put of the birds as many of them were still singing as I walked up the paths. We were making nest boxes on Saturday and as we did so a blue tit was looking...
  • 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' 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 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 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: WeBS and goose count

    Once again the bay was full of life on yesterdays WeBS count. A full array of ducks were tucked in to the shelter of Vane Bay early in the morning, joined soon afer by a small flock of pinkies after leaving their roost near St Serfs. 5 whoopers were mingling happily with the mute swans, and pochard...
  • 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 Saturday blog 31st march

    Today has been a stunning day, with the sun shining. To start off a great day when we were up at the picnic area, this morning, a tawny owl flew over. On the flood there are few redshank and a small flock of whooper swans. There are still huge numbers of pink footed geese on the reserve feeding on the...
  • Blog Post: Waxwings!

    Four waxwings dropped in to RSPB Loch Leven earlier and brightened up our (rather dull) winter day.
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday Blog 17th of December

    After not seeing the sea eagle last week, I was rewarded today by seeing two sea eagles. We had great sightings of them flying and some lucky visitors saw them catching a duck. Staying on the raptor theme we have had a peregrine on St Serfs island, buzzards all over the reserve and a single kestrel hovering...
  • Blog Post: The Shop is now OPEN

    Our shop refit is now complete and we are happy announce that our shop is now open. The cafe is also open and there is plenty to see from the telescopes up there as usual. The whole visitor centre is now looking great, so it is definetly worth coming to the reserve to see the results of all our hard...
  • Blog Post: Lewis's Saturday blog 14th of January

    Unfortunately the two sea eagles have not been seen today, though there are plenty of other birds to hold our attention. There are pochard, teal, mallard.and tufted ducks all grouped together in the bay along with a small group of fishing gooseander. Smaller numbers of whooper swans are still present...
  • Blog Post: Reed all about it...

    Today saw an exciting development in the new wetland work - the planting of reeds around the 3rd hide. The reason for the reeds is an attempt to create natural screening between the visitors and the pools. The plants are just over a foot tall at the moment, but within a couple of years they should reach...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday, 12th March

    We’ve had a couple of seasons in the past few weeks. Spring-like weather with clear skies and sunshine resulted in large flocks (100+) of Lapwings returning to the reserve, with many birds actively displaying over the grassland. Pre-breeding flocks of Curlews too, have been prominent, with regular...
  • Blog Post: Winter heaven (for birds)

    Despite the chilly conditions we've had an excellent spate of sightings over the last few days, with today being classed as "bird of prey heaven" by Colin Ross (he's very excitable). So far today we've had 6 different species spied on the reserve and over the loch - all looking...