Hi RSPB Mersehead community,
The lane is dry again and the barnacle geese continue to arrive. There were just over 8700 at the last count towards West Preston. There have been many moments this week when seeing and hearing the geese flying around and over the reserve has made me stop what I was doing and watch them. The noise they make is really quite incredible! Recently we have created some more scrapes and raised the water levels in the meadows overlooked by the Visitor Centre and the hides. Birds have started to explore these scrapes and I was watching pied wagtails dashing around while I had my morning coffee in the Visitor Centre earlier today.
I was inspired by the recent Mighty Mushroom Hunt in Dumfries & Galloway to go exploring for fungi on the reserve. The hotspot seems to be the path to the Meida hide where I found quite a few different fungi including a porcelain fungus (see the photo and please correct me if I’ve misidentified it!). Autumn is a great time of year to get outside and go looking for fungi, red squirrels and returning migrant birds here at Mersehead or at other RSPB reserves in the Dumfries & Galloway area.
After seeing another red squirrel near New Abbey this morning on the way to work I remembered that Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are asking for sightings of grey and red squirrels that can be submitted at www.redsquirrels.org.uk.
Last but not least there are Goosey Ganders happening for the next two weeks on the reserve. Come along for a free guided walk and find out more about the barnacle geese that spend the winter here. Have a look at the reserve events webpage or find us at www.facebook.com/RSPBMersehead for more details.
Bye for now,