Wildlife Diary 19th Sept

As the autumn season deepens at Loch of the Lowes there is change in the air.

For a start you may have noticed that we have changed the webcam view today to the general loch perspective now that there is now action on the osprey nest. We thought you would like to see the general surrounds of the loch and the geese, swans and ducks as the autumn arrives. Over the cooler months we will also show the ‘canal cam’ view where we can get otter, beaver and deer sightings , particularly at night , or a combination – let us know which you enjoy.

Secondly, there will now be fresh Blog posts every other day, unless there is urgent or exciting wildlife news we have to share. This ties in neatly with the osprey satellite tracking data schedule so will still get the very latest information as we receive it from Blue YZ.

Speaking of  our young bird Blue YZ  – she is still doing brilliantly on her maiden migration- and is still safely in Spain. She is flying around the Embaba de Piedras region, which is very flat but with lots of wetland areas. She is currently using a small area around a reservoir and frequenting its islands- which looks like classic fishing behaviour.

 

Blue YZ 's recent movements in Spain
Blue YZ ‘s recent movements in Spain

 

The big question is: Will she stay in this area for only a short time – a rest stop on migration to gather strength – or will she remain here for the whole winter? The area is renowned or its mild wet winters so overwintering there is perfectly possible. Only time will tell!

Our other young Osprey Blue YD has also had his satellite tracking data updated. As he has returned to his previous winters haunts around the Senegal river ( presumably as he was pushed off more prime territory  on the coast by returning adults) his data map is looking very crowded. We are looking at a way we can make it easier to see the most recent points  which can be hard to see as he is a real creature of habit.

Ranger Emma

 

 

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As the autumn season deepens at Loch of the Lowes there is change in the air. For a start you may have noticed that we have changed the webcam view …

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