Wildlife Diary Monday 23rd April

 Fortunately our male didn’t get himself into trouble today on the loch; instead he appeared with literally the tail end of a fish, not a great meal for an incubating female. I’m quite relieved as I’d rather not go through Saturday’s events again! She’s not been calling at him so we think she may have fished for herself as she’s been absent from the nest a couple of times today.

He is still very keen on incubating, often turning up at the nest wanting to take over but she doesn’t always let him. Today saw a new angle to this; they changed with our female flying off and our male settling down to incubate. A few minutes later she returns, obviously planning to take over the incubation. He wasn’t for moving. So what does the female do? She picks up a stick in her beak and appears to use it to push him off the eggs! This is the wonderful thing about Osprey watching you never know what’s going to happen next.

Once again the intruder Osprey appeared but made no attempt to land on the nest this time, instead choosing to fly unconcerned over the nest several times. Perhaps he got the message yesterday.

In other news a couple of lucky visitors spotted our Otter out on the loch and a Teal has just been spotted in front of the hide . Our Great Crested Grebe have started displaying again which suggests their nests have been flooded and they’re having to start over. This is not unusual and there is still plenty of time for them to mate and build a new nest and we get to see their fabulous displaying dance again.

Lindsey

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