Good afternoon all,
Events at the nest today:
Another average day for our osprey pair today, with incubation behaviour taking place as usual. The male brought in a fish at 13:39pm this afternoon. The female then took the offering to eat elsewhere. At 13:46pm, our female could be seen mantling and calling as if an interloper was in the vicinity of the nest, but she left the nest soon after. She then returned at 13:51pm and continued incubation. Then at 16:33pm, the male flew in again with a small pike, which the female took and flew off the nest, leaving him to take over incubation.
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Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
Spotted on the loch today were; thirty-four mallard, six mute swans, twenty three Canada geese, three greylag geese and a pair of tufted duck. Two pairs of great crested grebes have begun building nests among the lily pads at the northern end of the loch overlooked by the osprey nest tree. The males of the two pairs have been fiercely territorial toward each other and will continue to be so throughout the breeding season.
At the viewing window, over thirty chaffinches were seen throughout the day, along with four greenfinches, two yellowhammers, two robins, eight blue tits, two coal tits, three great tits, four siskins, and a jay. I am pleased to report that the pied flycatcher in our nest box has been incubating her clutch of six eggs intermittently over the past week.
SITA Species Protection Officer