We hope you have managed to sign up to the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch this year. If not, there's still time - it's happening from 29th to 31st January. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors, get involved and spend some time in nature discovering lots of wonderful wildlife. It's good for our health and wellbeing too!
Here's some pictures of ducks and birds that you might see when you visit Kinghorn Loch. Andy Pay, one of our wonderful volunteers visits the Loch with his adorable dog Harris and often sends us his pictures. Here are some of his recent sightings and a bit more information from him about them:-
Just before Christmas I found a rare Ring-necked Duck from North America amongst the usual Tufteds. Check out the differences between them.
Other scarce visitors included up to five Mediterranean Gulls amongst the regular gulls who drop in to bathe and drink. As the name suggests, Mediterranean Gulls derive from much further south (and south-east) but are increasing in numbers and spreading north.
The arrival of cold weather in January brought a large influx of ducks fleeing frozen waters further east and north. Numbers built up to 182 Tufted, 40 Goldeneye, 62 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 5 Pochard and a Goosander.
On dry land the resident Tree Sparrows have been very busy on the feeders, sometimes accompanied by a few Greenfinches, Linnets and an occasional Great Spotted Woodpecker. Hawthorn berries have attracted Fieldfares, Redwings and Blackbirds and a Waxwing paid a very brief visit. Other species spotted include Water Rail, Kingfisher, Dipper and Goldcrest.
Finally, you will no doubt spot the tree sparrows that are frequently spotted around the bushes and shrubs outside The Ecology Centre building.
A huge thank you to Andy for sharing his pictures with us. It's amazing that all these different kinds of ducks and birds can be found at Kinghorn Loch. We would love to know if you see any of these or any that we've not mentioned here - share them on our Facebook/Twitter or Instagram pages or tag us.