Great news!! Staff at Loch of the Lowes are very pleased to confirm that there are now 4 eggs in the nest. Shortly after 11.00 this morning we were able to say for sure & both visitors & staff cheered as the pair changed over incubating & the 4 eggs were clearly visible on screen in the hide. Generally ospreys lay 2 eggs in their first breeding season & 3 eggs in subsequent years. Although unusual, it is well documented that on occassion there can be 4 eggs in the clutch. Our male is clearly providing an abundance of fish for the female so we are looking forward to the last week in May when the 1st egg will be due hatch. Staff & volunteers will continue to monitor the nest 24/7 to ensure security & record observations.
It is a beautiful day here with great crested grebes still displaying in the spring sunshine. Reed buntings & reed warblers are busy constructing nests & sand martins & swallows are feasting in their hundreds over the loch.
More updates later
Val Wildlife Interpretation Officer