…female, so all our guesses were right! Our chick now has its Darvic ring on its left leg which is blue with the letters YZ so from now on the chick will be referred to as Blue YZ. She has also been satellite tagged so we’ll be able to track her movements, let’s hope she doesn’t copy her brother and disappear for four days after fledging like Blue 44 did last year. She had a full crop from this afternoon’s fish and is a very healthy weight. The whole process took under an hour and Emma will write a full blog later on with all the details and vital statistics. Showing her fiesty side once again she took a few lumps out of Keith’s fingers for good measure. The adult female is nearby on the Squinty Tree perch and will return to the nest shortly, the male is also nearby and both were around for the whole process. We’ve also removed the three unhatched eggs and will send them off for analysis.
A huge thank you to Roy Dennis from Highland Foundation for Wildlife and Keith Brockie from Tayside Raptor Study Group for their help with the ringing on this glorious sunny day, a bit of a change from last year.
Lindsey, Wildlife Interpretation Officer