On 29th July I did a quick guide to the perches to help explain the exciting events that day. It generated lots of interest and I now regularly get people in asking about where the perches are or trying to match my descriptions to what they can see. One of our regular visitors Marion has donated her panoramic photo of the loch so I can show you where they are. Marion, sorry I don’t have your surname but you know who you are and thanks!
The perches go from left to right round the loch, I’ve also added a couple of extra perches:
The Skeleton Tree – a tall dead tree in the distance to the far left of the nest. A popular roosting place for the male at the end of the season and this year Blue YZ has been using it as well.
The Squinty Tree – a dead branch halfway up a Scots Pine behind a Silver Birch Tree. It is to the far left of the nest but lower down. A favourite of both the male and female.
The Dead Tree – as it sounds a dead tree that is just below the nest and a favourite perch of the female
The Nest Tree – another tall Scots Pine with the nest near the top!
Reed Edge Perch – the lowest perch of them all, this is a dead branch not far above the water. A favourite of the male for roost and fish spotting.
The Flat Top Tree – a Scots Pine that lost its top in the gales a few years ago, to the right of the nest at about the same height and to the right of the inlet.
The Boingy Branch – a straggly Scots Pine that is taller than the others to the right of the nest. A favourite perch of all the males as it has great fish spotting opportunities and a clear sight to the nest. The perch is higher than the nest. Why’s it called the Boingy Branch? Well when the Ospreys land on it, it goes boing!
The Point Tree – a large spreading Scots Pine opposite the hides at to the far right of the nest. They use several perches on this tree most of them about the same height or above the nest.