Trip reports

Killiecrankie & Loch of Lowes

Osprey in larch tree

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Our next destination was the SWT reserve at Loch of Lowes. Some of the group got off the bus in Dunkeld and walked the last couple of kilometers to the reserve along a very pleasant path with willow warblers, chiffchaff and tree pipit singing. Swallows, sand and house martins were flying over the loch and great crested grebes displaying with lots of head shaking. From the excellent visitor centre we watched many species on the feeders including great spotted woodpecker, lovely bright yellow sisklns and yellowhammers and a red squirrel with an enormous appetite for peanuts!
We were also given a brief talk about the nesting ospreys. The female bird has returned to the reserve for the 20th year, which is a UK record. The nest is visible from the hides but we were able to watch fantastic TV footage in the visitor centre.
A brief stop in Dunkeld on the way home failed to produce a nuthatch but we had still had a satisfactory total of 57 species. The final one being a merlin seen only by those seated at the back as it flew over the coach.