We are all waiting for our first osprey egg of the season to be laid…and wait .. and wait…will it arrive in time for our 50th birthday celebrations this weekend?
Meanwhile we thought we’d give you all some insight into the birds behaviour since arrival, thanks to the work of our Species Protection officers Ainoa and Kirstin who’ve been analysing the behavioural data:
“With a total of 167 mating attempts, 76 have been recorded as successful, 47 unsuccessful and 44 haven´t been identified either way.
Matings have been recorded every day throughout the day since the female arrived but they become rare in the late afternoon/evening. The male tends to arrive to the nest between 5 and 5.30 every morning since we started night watch, a pattern he also followed last year, and has several mating attempts. Most mating attempts happen before midday.
The female has been pretty unsettled for the past two nights, exhibiting egg laying behaviour for the second half of the night whilst only sleeping for the first half.”
More news as it happens- Ranger Emma