Drama at the nest today as the intruder Osprey returned, this time landing on our female’s back as she was incubating. Being the tough old bird that she is she sorted him out in no time and he disappeared, our male also appeared and shooed him off. The intruder doesn’t seem to have got the hint though as it appeared over the nest a couple of times later on. It’s quite normal to have intruder birds as there are unattached males looking for a mate or young juveniles hanging around, it could even be one of her previous chicks. What is unusual is how persistent this one is being, he’s being a bit slow to get the message! Our male is proving to be a bit of a star as he fed her twice today once with Trout and once with a mystery fish, could it have been Pike??
Our Great Crested Grebe have continued to build a nest out of the lily pads in front of the hide, and the cheeky Coot nipped on it and had a snooze on it this morning. Sadly later on in the day the lily pad nest disintegrated and our Grebe have disappeared elsewhere.
It has been a busy Bank Holiday weekend here at Loch of the Lowes and we couldn’t manage without our fantastic band of volunteers who do everything from Osprey Watch, helping out in the Visitor Centre, sorting out our cameras, conservation and survey work on our other reserves and more. I know many of you read the blog so a big THANK YOU from me and the whole team here.
Finally a hello to all the webcam viewers and blog readers I met over the weekend, there were lots of you here and it’s great to meet the people who are on the ‘other end’ of what we do. We’ve had lots of lovely comments from people telling us how much they enjoy the blog and watching on the web it’s really encouraging to get feedback as it let’s us know how well we’re getting on.
Over and out