Events from the nest:
At 6.21 our resident male 7Y arrived on the nest allowing the female a break from incubation until 6.58. 7Y then caught a large fish in the loch at 7.22 which he flew off with to eat elsewhere, before returning to the nest with the remainder of the fish at 8.20. Our resident female then took the fish and perched somewhere out of site to eat.
The rest of the day has passed away quietly with changeovers and the male bringing in the occasional branch. At 15.27 a buzzard was spotted in the vicinity of the nest. The male came to perch on the edge of the nest, was calling softly and appeared very alert while the buzzard was in the area. However, neither of the resident ospreys seemed distressed by its presence.
Other wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
On the loch today was spotted 6 great crested grebes, a grey heron, 2 mute swans, a Canada goose and many mallards. Flying above and around the loch we saw an oystercatcher, a swallow and 14 black headed gulls, the call of a cuckoo could also be heard.
The blue tit hatching appears to have gone well and all 12 eggs have now hatched. The adult blue tits have been kept very busy providing food for their newly hatched young and can be seen constantly flitting in and out of their nest box.
Around the feeders today we have seen 2 great spotted woodpeckers, a robin, a blackbird, blue tits, coal tits, great tits, 12 chaffinches, 3 green finches, 5 siskins and a yellow hammer. We were also visited by 2 red squirrels today. One of the squirrels gave our visitors a real treat, coming very close to the viewing window and sitting for some time on top of one of the feeders, allowing everyone a wonderful view.
A big thank you to all of the bloggers who visited Loch of the Lowes today. We hope you had an enjoyable visit and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
SITA Species Protection Officer