A lovely sunny day here at long last and Blue 44 has been taking advantage to test his wings. This morning he did an enormous vertical lift off and has done several more through out the day which just what we want to see as he gets ready to fledge. It’s very difficult to tell when this will happen, on that note… Congratulations to the Loch Garten Ospreys who’s youngest chick Alba fledged this morning. Alba is a few days older than Blue 44 so we’re watching every move he makes with anticipation. There’s been a few fish in today but our female was clearly not impressed by this afternoon’s Perch as no sooner was it finished when she was shouting at him for more. As I’m writing he’s sitting not far from the nest after a failed fishing attempt and is still being shouted at!
Out on the loch I was pleased to see our two Great Crested Grebe chicks with their parents, one is swimming independently while the other is still hitching a ride from its parent.
At our feeding stations juvenile Redstart, Yellowhammer, Blue Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Siskin are all being seen regularly along with our young Red Squirrels. This years squirrel kits have two tone tails, red with black splodges in them while the older squirrels have blonder tails making them easier to tell apart.