Good afternoon all,
Events from the nest today:
WE HAVE A THIRD EGG!
The event actually took place at 7:15pm last night and was recorded by our 24 hour Species Protection team. We are delighted that our resident female has produced three eggs this year despite her age. Last year our female laid three eggs, two of which hatched and this year we are hoping for similar success. Of course there is a chance that none of the eggs will be fertile, yet we are hopeful.
At 7:36am today the male flew in to the nest with a fish with which to supply his mate. Then at 3:35pm he arrived with yet another fish. The majority of the day has passed with a routine of switching places to take turns at incubation. With 7Y continuing to be an excellent mate, performing his role well.
If you would like to view the footage of our female laying her second egg, here is a link to view it online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxdORaWVk2s
Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
The loch was covered in a thick layer of mist this morning which lowered visibility considerably. However, several species of duck could be seen on the water including tufted duck, goldeneye and mallard, as well as great crested grebes, mute swans and Canada geese. Above the water, approximately 70 sand martins were observed feeding and 6 swallows were sighted heading north over the loch.
At the feeders, chaffinches were in abundance. Also making an appearance were siskins, greenfinches and yellowhammers, along with two great spotted woodpeckers.
The highlight of the day had to be the common sandpiper that was spotted flying in to the loch shore near the crannog hide. These small, sandy coloured waders are summer visitors to Britain, arriving during April and May. Preferred habitats are lakes surrounded by forest with stony shores.
SITA Species Protection Officer