Wildlife Blog 19th April 2011

Good afternoon all,

Events form the nest today:

There have been two fish deliveries this morning, one at 6.14 and another at 11.27.  Both times 7Y brought the fish in and our resident female flew off with them to eat elsewhere, leaving the male to his incubation duties.  A red squirrel was also witnessed in the nest tree this morning.

We have had many sightings of the eggs today as our resident female rearranges and turns them carefully.  Osprey eggs are about the same size and shape as domestic hens eggs.  They have a creamy white base colour and are marked with reddish brown areas, which vary in their size and distribution.  Some eggs have a uniform mottled appearance while some can have more of this reddish brown colouration at one end. 

Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:

Today has been another eventful day for wildlife sightings on and around the loch. Over twenty sand martins were seen swooping over the water to catch small flies and insects. Eighteen tufted ducks, along with four goldeneye, were spotted diving down into the loch.  Three mute swans, two oyster catchers, four mallard and two great crested grebes were also spotted early this morning.  

Recently we’ve been seeing a group of about ten fallow deer in the woods around the centre.  The group can most often be seen in the evenings and are easily spotted because of one member of the groups very light coat.  Fallow deer have several colour variations, the most common variety are tan with white spots on their flanks, however, pure white and black colour variations are found in the UK. 

Lindsay & Simon

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Good afternoon all, Events form the nest today: There have been two fish deliveries this morning, one at 6.14 and another at 11.27.  Both times 7Y brought the fish in …

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