Events from the nest:
Today has carried on much the same as usual with both ospreys turning the eggs regularly and several egg duty swaps throughout the day. 7Y has been adding even more material to the nest, bringing in sticks and rearranging the nest at several points today. At 11.17 this morning our resident male brought a fish to the female, which she took away to east as usual. Our resident female took the opportunity to have a break from incubation duties and left the male on the nest until 13.30. Once 7Y was relieved from the nest he quickly went fishing again and returned with another fish at 14.57. The female then took the fish away to eat and 7Y also flew off the nest, however, he returned very quickly to continue incubating the eggs.
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Other wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
Early this morning, 3.45 am, some of our osprey watch team saw 5 roe deer at our bird feeders. Other visitors to the feeders today have included the juvenile squirrels, a starling, 2 yellow hammers, 4 siskins, 5 greenfinches, 7 chaffinches, a robin, a blackbird, 2 dunnocks and 3 great spotted woodpeckers.
Over the last week we have had reports from visitors of movement in the reed bed below the nest. We suspect that this may be otters, while we haven’t confirmed this, we are hopeful that we will see them over the coming months. Otters have been seen here at Loch of the Lowes in previous years, they are considered a vulnerable species and we would be delighted if they continued to use our reserve.
SITA Species Protection Officer