Events from the nest today:
Our resident male and female have continued mating throughout the day and we are all hopeful of seeing eggs in the near future. We have also seen 7Y bringing in sticks and both Ospreys have been adding to the nest. Ospreys build up the sides of their nest during the start of the breeding season to protect the eggs from rolling out the nest. In the happy event of chicks hatching the adults will start to flatten the nest out, giving the chicks more room as they grow and a platform to fledge from.
The Ospreys residing at Loch of the Lowes are situated in a great location. They have all the resources they need in terms of fish, using the lochs locally and occasionally travelling as far as the River Tay to catch salmon.
Other wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
Although it has been a fairly quite day, we have had a couple of wildlife highlights. Two pairs of great crested were once again seen displaying on the loch which is always a wonderful sight. Siskins and a dunnock have visited the feeders, along with a variety of small birds such as chaffinches, great tits, blue tits and robins. A male pheasant was also spotted displaying and a starling could be seen prospecting a potential nest hole earlier this morning.
A field vole was spotted scurrying into the feeders. Field voles differ from bank voles; the latter being more red in colour and having a longer tail. There is plenty of ideal habitat around the feeders for both species to thrive.
Other wildlife news:
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