Events from the nest:
We still have no signs of cracks on any of the eggs at present. However, it is still only day 41 for the first egg and day 38 for the second egg and so we are still hopeful of seeing chicks on the nest this year.
The weather has been much calmer today and 7Y has spent a lot of time today bringing sticks to the nest and building up the sides, after a few sticks round the edge of the nest were blown away last night. At 8.15 this morning 7Y brought a fish to the nest which our resident female took to eat elsewhere. At 8.45 she was seen flying over the nest before returning at 9.45 to take over incubation duties once again.
We mentioned in yesterday’s blog that an intruder osprey landed on the nest at 16.00, a clip of this can now be seen on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc-o0wf9CUE
Other wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
On the loch today there have been sightings of 4 great crested grebes, 3 mute swans, a flock (or gaggle) of 24 Canada geese, 34 mallards including 13 chicks, and 4 tufted ducks. Flying over the loch today we have seen 2 house martins, 20 sand martins, 2 swallows, 2 swifts and 16 black headed gulls.
Round the feeders today we have been visited by a wood pigeon, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, a robin, 3 blue tits, 2 coal tits, a great tit, 2 carrion crows, 5 chaffinches, 2 green finches and 5 siskins.
SITA Species Protection Officer