An Unexpected Visitor

There has been no sign yet of a second osprey chick but we have had an unusual visitor on the nest. On Monday afternoon a curious squirrel took a few peeks into the osprey nest, before scuttling off at the sight of a large predator just a few feet away!


Ospreys don’t hunt red squirrels but they must look pretty scary!

 

The chick that hatched on Saturday afternoon has been doing well so far. The male (LM12) does not incubate anymore but has been bringing in three or four fish every day to feed the growing family.

LF15 feeds her chick ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

 

The female (LF15) is very reluctant to leave the nest for more than a few seconds at a time. When a fish is delivered she will perch at the side of the nest, feeding herself and her young chick. The chick is growing quickly and already looks bigger and stronger than it did on Saturday.

 

On Sunday afternoon the first chick was struggling to support itself but it has been growing bigger and stronger since then ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

 

We are expecting the second chick to hatch any day now – stay tuned for further developments!

 

The first osprey chick of the year at Loch of the Lowes ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

 

Jane Hamilton – Species Protection Officer

Preface

There has been no sign yet of a second osprey chick but we have had an unusual visitor on the nest. On Monday afternoon a curious squirrel took a few …

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