Swans – the new family are still doing well, keeping them up the top end of the pond appears to be working.

Butterflies – this year has been extremely poor but at the moment there is a glut of Gatekeepers.

Swallows – they have had a good year going on the number flying over the reserve.

Goldfinch – it has been a poor year at the feeders and at the moment they are just starting to gather in small flocks, found one feeding on some thistle this morning.

Barn Owls – It’s been a poor year on the reserve, with no young and it looks as though there is only one in the tower at Gillies.

They say the Barn Owl population follows the four year cycle of the vole population and last year was very good so maybe it’s at the lowest level this year.

Bob and Bri