Wildlife Blog 9th June 2011

Events from the nest:

We have had a lot of queries in to our dedicated e-mail: ospreys@swt.org.uk enquiring into how long our ospreys are likely to incubate beyond the expected hatch date. The response to this is that we cannot know for certain at this stage. In a similar scenario, ospreys have been known to continue to incubate for up to a month, but we will just have to wait and see what our ospreys do. This is a chance for us to learn more about the way the species is likely to behave is such circumstances.

At this stage our pair of ospreys are continuing to incubate the eggs; taking turns in the role with our female incubating throughout the night. At 9.35am, another osprey was seen in the vicinity, while our female and her mate 7Y were both on the nest. Our resident ospreys were not disturbed by the third osprey, and continued with their changeovers as usual.

While we are disappointed that we are unable to initiate the satellite tracking project this year, it is our intention to progress with this important study next spring. For more information on the future of our satellite tracking project, follow this link: http://www.swt.org.uk/wildlife/ospreys-at-lowes/osprey-tracking/

To view our press release relating to this year’s eggs, see:

http://www.swt.org.uk/news/oldest-ospreys-eggs-fail-to-hatch/

Other wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:

Out on the loch today, we have seen great crested grebes, mute swans, Canada geese, greylag geese, mallard and a goosander. Overhead were house martins, sand martins, swifts and black-headed gulls.

At the feeding station were pheasants, great spotted woodpeckers, a willow warbler, blue tits, coal tits, great tits, chaffinches, greenfinches, siskins and a yellowhammer. There have also been two sightings of red squirrels.

This afternoon a jay could be seen at the front of the visitor centre.

 Anna

Perthshire Reserves Seasonal Ranger

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Events from the nest: We have had a lot of queries in to our dedicated e-mail: ospreys@swt.org.uk enquiring into how long our ospreys are likely to incubate beyond the expected …

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