If you were to ask folk the question, “do you know what a kingfisher looks like?” then I’d expect most would reply, “yes”. If you were then to add an additional question, “have you ever seen a wild kingfisher?” then the more common answer would most likely be, “no”. It’s not surprising giving how well a strikingly coloured bird can hide away in bank side vegetation. However this week I was very lucky to have not one but two sightings of kingfisher on the reserve. The first admittedly was the typical lightening blue flash and piping call as a bird flew downstream from the Dyeworks. The second bird, at Bonnington Weir, showed rather well in evening sunshine whilst perched up in a willow.
Kingfisher was spotted at New Lanark and Bonnington Weir this week (C) Jon Hawkins
A badger watch on the 25th provided the group with views of a badger, browsing roe deer, tawny owl and lots of soprano pipistrelle bats.
Moth trapping produced a few goodies in the form of map-winged swift, common lutestring, sandy carpet, pale prominent and Eulia ministrana.
Other interesting sightings included, mallard with three newly hatched young (Visitor Centre, 25th), 2x grey heron (Visitor Centre, daily), 2x common buzzard (Bonnington Pavilion, daily), peregrine falcon (Peregrine Watchpoint, occasional), 2x dipper (1 adult and 1 recently fledged juvenile, Visitor Centre, 28th), garden warbler (singing, Clyde Walkway near way leave, daily), jay (Corehouse Trail, 27th) and yellowhammer (Bonnington Pavilion, daily).
Adam Jones – Scottish Wildlife Trust, Falls of Clyde Seasonal Ranger
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