After yesterday’s drought of fish deliveries at our Loch of the Lowes nest, today our male bird has improved his game. However, he did not start the day well- bringing in just a very pathetic tail remnant of the fish he caught and scoffed himself last night, which the female didn’t even dignify with a look. She took off and presumably fished for herself this morning. A nice Perch finally arrived to the nest with the male this afternoon around 5pm.
There was a nice moment between the pair today when he appeared to shelter her from the wind with his body- standing over her like a proud partner, to which she didn’t seem to object.
Our male also brought in a fair few sticks this afternoon (including a large piece of oak complete with fresh leaves he must have plucked straight from the tree) and carefully arranged them on the nest. He was not always very considerate in how he moved them about though- lucky his partner is good at ducking! Even the female brought in a stick this afternoon- could it be that they are both finally getting around to building up the sides of the nest a little more now that we are getting closer to hatching time?
Congratulations to our friends at RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Watch in Wales who have their first osprey chick hatch yesterday, and their second this morning- hopefully the sign of a good Osprey season ahead for all the UK nests.
The smaller birds around the reserve have continued to delight us today with Reed Bunting and Willow Warbler and Long tailed tits all showing off in front of the hides today, as you can see from some of Bryans fabulous photo’s. We also had the great pleasure last night to listen to a Grasshopper Warbler singing its heart out in our reedbed near the hide in the moonlight- it made nightwatch a treat!