Events from the nest today:
This morning the female was on the nest until 9:45am when two intruder ospreys were seen nearby, she then began alarm calling and left to chase them off. The female returned to the nest at 10:00am, followed by the male who brought in a fish, began alarm calling then flew off with the fish. At 11:14am 7Y returned to the nest and attempted to mate with our female then left soon after. At 11:50am our female left the nest and landed on a tree branch nearby, she returned after an hour at 12:50 and began calling. Our male brought in two sticks after this to add to the nest, one at 14:58 and the other at 15:26.
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Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
At the viewing window today there were three pheasants, two great spotted woodpeckers, three blue tits, a coal tit, two great tits and a red squirrel.
On the loch today there were five great crested grebes, five mute swans, seventeen Canada geese, fifty mallards, five goosander, six oystercatchers and a coot.
Conservation work and sightings on other Perthshire reserves:
Today the conservation team worked on cutting away the bracken from around the areas of juniper at Blanaguard Glen. This management technique can be seen to be having a positive affect on this fragile plant. Whilst on the reserve, the team spotted a roe deer.
Yesterday, the team continued work at the Keltneyburn reserve. This involved the removal of creeping thistle and bracken from the site in order to encourage new growth of rare wild flowers such as orchids. Sightings of spotted flycatcher and a group of five bullfinches were also recorded.
Perthshire Reserves Conservation Team