It is wonderful to have an osprey back on the nest at Loch of the Lowes!
LM12 is very busy collecting sticks, arranging (and then re-arranging) the shape of the nest and peering hopefully to the skies while awaiting his mate. Bright patches of sunshine flow over the valley only to be plunged into gloom when the wind whips dark clouds across the sky.
Spring weather in Scotland is always variable but having arrived back so early, LM12 is certainly having to brave the brunt of wind, rain and low night temperatures. However, it could be worse, in past years our ospreys have arrived to find ice on the loch and inches of snow on the nest.
We are aware there are still some issues with viewing (and sound) from the osprey nest cam. We appreciate this is frustrating and are working hard to rectify the problems.
Around the loch, there are signs of Spring everywhere: a frog hopping along the path to the visitor centre, great crested grebes ‘dancing’ in their delightful courtship display, our osprey chasing off cheeky crows and engaging in aerial acrobatics to shoo away a buzzard, great spotted woodpeckers drumming in the woodlands.
Here’s a beautiful photo by Kev Hacker (taken on Friday) showing LM12 dutifully repairing his nest.
Now, all we need is his mate, LF15, to return safely to this welcoming nest.