Good afternoon all,
Events from the nest today:
- 9.00am – Female at the nest
- 12.52pm – Male at the nest, moved large stick from centre of nest to left hand side of nest then flew off
- 3.15pm – Male returned back to nest with a stick, rearranged nest material and moved large stick back into centre of nest.
- 3.19pm – Male leaves nest.
- 4.11pm – Male returns to nest.
Update on Osprey egg examination:
All the Osprey eggs were a similar size of 60mm x 39mm and weight of 50 grams. Tests show the eggs had failed at an early stage of development, also no significant bacteria was found in the eggs. Further examination of egg contents have gone for testing and results will not be back before the autumn.
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Other Wildlife at Loch of the Lowes:
Out on the loch today; a great crested grebe was sighted, along with five oystercatchers and six mallard. At the viewing window; two pheasants, three great spotted woodpeckers, a robin, a wren, a blue tit, a great tit and three coal tits were seen. Three red squirrels were also seen throughout the day.
Conservation work and sightings on other Perthshire reserves:
Today the conservation team continued bracken bashing on the Keltneyburn reserve, there is a continual re-growth of bracken throughout the summer season and in order to keep the reserve flora as diverse as possible, the bracken must be constantly controlled.
This morning on Keltneyburn we carried out a species survey. This must be done so that we can compare them to previous years to check if the number of species on the reserve is increasing or decreasing. During the survey we identified thirty-eight different flowers but found that birds-foot trefoil, eyebright and self heal were in abundance.
Perthshire Reserves Conservation Team