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January Sightings

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Hope you all having a good new year. The year at Loch of the Lowes started with very mild weather, this brought in a lot of activity in the feeding station, birds like chaffinches and coal tits are still high in numbers. Yellow Hammers are making a comeback, with a male frequently visiting the feeders almost on a daily bases. Tree creepers were spotted on the trees around the feeding station. A single long tailed tit was spotted feeding from the fat balls. Squirrels are also taking advantage of the mild weather and indulging in peanuts, with, so far, the highest number being three squirrels at one go.

On the loch, we had a big number of wigeon visiting and resting. A great crested grebe in winter plumage was spotted and two cormorants constantly fishing on the loch. Other birds spotted on the loch are tufted ducks, goldeneyes and resident swans.

Male Wigeon - ©Aron Tanti

Male Wigeon – ©Aron Tanti

 

Chris Cachia Zammit

Original author: jonathan
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Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve covers 98 hectares near Dunkeld. From early April to late August, the star attraction is a pair of breeding ospreys, which nest just 150 metres from our observation hide.

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