Cam is not working currently, but according to the blog, she has a third egg. It is a nasty, cold day there, and she had ice crystals on her back in the morning. The male failed to catch her breakfast, so she left him to incubate the eggs while she fished.
A bit of drama last night. It seems the female flew off leaving the young male to sit on the eggs. He got bored after a few minutes and took off, leaving the eggs unprotected for almost a half hour. It was cold, and everyone is hoping the chicks came through OK. The first egg should hatch around the 20th.
The young male is doing so well, delivering fish around the clock for the female and babies. The other day at work I had to go back out to my car, and when I stepped outside, saw an Osprey right over me, heading to the nearby river. I walked just a short distance to my car, and when I was coming back, here comes that Osprey, hanging onto a small fish! I mean, he had to have caught one the first try. They are such awesome birds.
Here is a pic of the male standing over the female as she lays in the nest. As of now, both chicks are OK. The blog states if she dies, they have permission to remove her body for autopsy, but cannot interfere with the chicks.
She looks so much better this morning, standing tall in the nest, sheltering her chicks from the sun. She continues to eat. At her age, she is on borrowed time, but how wonderful if she would be able to see her chicks fledge.
I've been watching on and off throughout the afternoon. She is alert and bright eyed and standing on one leg. When I first tuned in she wasn't on the nest at all and was relieved to see her back there. The male has just delivered a fish, which she's hoeing into with great gusto. The chicks are walking around on wobbly pins, do lots of stretching, but don't seem hungry at the moment. Who'd have believed this, eh?
When I first saw she had flown I worried that she might fail to make it back safely. It will be nice if she can live to see her chicks mature. She will certainly not be able to make the journey to Africa this winter, if she survives (or can she?). She has surprised everyone so far.
I read this morning on a British wildlife news site I frequent that not only is she still alive and appearing to have just about completely recovered, but the chick that hatched from Egg # 58 is either the 46th or 47th of hers to fledge. Awesome bird!
That is this site, nanny. The link is at the top of the page. All I ever see now when I check in here is an empty nest. Not even the female is in sight. But all is well according to the blog. The young ones are getting fed and the female has been catching fish again.
It seems Lady has left for her wintering grounds. She will face many dangers on her journey, and some wonder whether she is even strong enough to survive the trip. There is a 50% chance she will return to the nest next season.
Charlie, that's fantastic news. My God, when I think that only a few months ago I was sitting here thinking I was watching this magnificent old girl take her last breaths and here she is, back from yet another migration. This has made my day. Thanks.
49th day since first egg was laid. Way overdue to hatch, so it looks like there will be no babies this year. They expect the Ospreys to continue incubating for a while and then make an early return to Africa. Maybe the old female is past the point of raising chicks. Might be for the best at her age.
I've been watching and following the blog and each bird is spending a bit more time away from the nest each day. I wonder what happened for the eggs not to be viable. If she is capable of laying them, which she is, and has a good, robust partner, which she has, I can't see any reason for the eggs to be infertile. Maybe they got chilled early in the piece. It's sad in one way, but I guess it will give her a break from the rigours of rearing chicks and to further recuperate from last year's event where she was so close to death.
I think they did have some nasty weather soon after the eggs were laid. I am sort of relieved there were no chicks, but I'm sure she wanted them and would have done everything in her power to raise her young successfully. If she is fortunate and returns next year, it would be nice if she could rear at least one more youngster.
The adult birds have been spending less time incubating the clearly expired or infertile eggs. Today they were seen to be covering the eggs with some nesting material. To minimise disruption, the Trust staff arranged for the eggs to be collected for analysis when neither bird was at the nest. They will post the results on the blog. Sad in one way, but not rearing a family this year may have given her system a well-earned rest. I guess we'll all be waiting to see if she returns from the next migration. Wonderful old bird.
This past week they determined the chick is a male, ringed it and attached a transmitter to its' back. They will be able to follow it on its' journey to Africa. The two other eggs in the nest were found to be non-viable.
I also noticed it was not shown live, for the safety of the Ospreys. I did watch the video. Glad he was quickly returned to his nest. I dislike him having to wear that transmitter, but I'm sure it will provide a lot of data.
He has been moving quite a bit, and they have decided to stop searching in order to not scare him further away. They do feel the parents have been feeding him, and it is not unheard of for a fledgling to remain off the nest. They were get new data every four days, those will be long days for those worrying about Blue44.
It's wonderful. I've been checking throughout the day. This reminds me of when the chick known as Harmony, from the nest I watch, fledged a few days too soon and the anguish I felt at that time. She returned to the nest after two days but was obviously having food provided to her during her absence, with both parent's behaviour very much as described on the Loch of the Lowes blog.
I see he came and went from the nest a few times today, so he is flying very well now. Fledging rarely goes smoothly, I guess. At another nest the male osprey did not realize a young bird returning to the nest after a maiden flight was his own, and attacked her so viciously she had to be rescued.
I actually live not far from Dunkeld where Loch of Lowes is, Resin directed me to this forum after I posted some pics of the osprey chick on the Daily Pictures forum in birdwatching.
Heres some of the pictures I took at the visitor centre at Loch of Lowes, they have 3 hides open to the public, with spotting scopes and binoculars to view the ospreys. I took these through one of the spotting scopes, with the camera hand held over the eyepiece, so not the best quality but a bit clearer than you what you see on the webcam.
1st pic taken with camera only, showing the view across to the nest, the others were all shot with the camera looking through spottting scope.
Thanks Margaret, its only about 40 miles from the Scottish town of Perth!
Heres a wider view, showing the loch and some of the best shots of the Osprey.
Picture 5 shows what the scope pictures looked like before being cropped and edited.
Lady has flown the coop, headed South. Dad is still providing fish for Blue44 and the youngster is starting to learn to fish for himself. Wonder if we will see Lady next year? I sure hope she makes it back. With the tracking device on Blue44, we will be able to watch his perilous journey also when he leaves in a few weeks. Have to hope he survives his first year also.
Thanks, GP. The two young ones from the nest at Loch Garten have well and truly departed. One is already in Senegal and the other, the last time I checked, was in Spain. Amazing. I guess we'll all be waiting anxiously to see if Lady returns to Loch of the Lowes next season.
They lost contact with Blue44 on November 9th. They are hoping it is a problem with the transmitter and not with the 6 month old Osprey. He had crossed into Spain recently after spending a lot of time in France.
The 27 year old female has returned to the nest! Cam was down this morning, but should be back up soon. The male returned a few days earlier and had mated with a younger female at the nest, but when the older female returned she took over. Still no news from Blue 44, he is probably deceased. The other young Osprey with a transmitter is doing well.