Good morning folks,
Not a happy picture this morning. You have probably all noticed Lady lying flat in the nest and not really able to get up. We don’t know what’s wrong but it is a possibility that she is severely dehydrated and just needs some fish to get her going again. I’m hoping this is the case and dad will step up to the mark and feed her some.
We will all just need to keep everything crossed that she will be fine and dad proves his worth by helping feed the chicks in the meantime.
We will do our best to keep you updated throughout the day. Stay positive everyone!
It’s not looking good folks. We’ve had a few experts take a look so there is a possibility our Lady won’t make it. We are keeping the webcam on, as traumatic it is to watch, it is nature and maybe it is fitting that her last days are here at the loch she made her home. If the worst happens, we have permission to remove the body for autopsy. Unfortunately we can’t intervene with the chicks. We have taken the stance to let nature take its course. I am hopeful that the Laird will continue to bring fish and feed the chicks when they beg. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers, I think they will be sorely needed today! Our thoughts go out to you all too, who have been watching since the beginning and supporting us and the ospreys all the way.
Dad has arrived with a perch and is feeding the chicks! Hooray! This is what we wanted and the chicks now stand a better chance of survival. Unfortunately mum doesn’t have the strength to move, but she has taught the Laird well and hopefully he can rise to the challenge of successfully raising the young ones on his own.
I have reviewed the recorded footage from last night and into this morning and I can see that our Lady has no marks that would suggest injury of any kind, this may just be old age. It is very sad to watch this magnificent bird in this way as I have been watching her now for 17 years. But it is nature and I am glad in away that she is spending her last moments on her nest which has been her home for such a long time.
7Y’s instincts are good and he will try to look after the chicks as much as possible but he can’t be there all of the time. At this age the chick do not have many predators so should be able to cope when their Father is away hunting. They will be able to feed themselves in just over a week, I am confident that 7Y will cope with feeding until then as long as the weather stays in his favour.