Dramatic news from our colleage Robert at Aberfoyle has today reminds us of just how lucky we are at Lowes with our relatively peaceful breeding season so far- here’s a quote from his blog describing what’s been happening:
“As of last week, the resident ospreys here at Aberfoyle had laid 3 eggs.
On Saturday 1st May at around 12.00pm, a metal-ringed male entered the nest which the female was sat on, incubating the eggs. This shocked us all as it indicated that the resident male (Ringed – Green DX) has been in a fight and lost. The new male tried his best to destroy the 3 eggs that were in the nest. He successfully managed to kicked one of the eggs out and smash the other! The male continued to try to destroy the last remaining egg on Sunday…
At around dinnertime on Monday the original male came back to fight for his female and nest, and he was successful! We also discovered that there are still signs of a single egg in the nest.”
This is the second time this kind of behaviour has been recorded recently in Ospreys ( who could forget the Loch Garten Henry and EJ episode) and poses the question: what would our Eric have done if he had made it back this year to find out Lady with a new partner? We shudder to think and can only be grateful this hasn’t happened here too.