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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 1, 2010
5:21 PM

Post #7672907

The female Osprey is back awaiting the arrival of her mate. However, she is being challenged by another female for the nesting site. Here is the new camera link http://www.swt.org.uk/wildlife/webcams/loch-of-lowes/

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This message was edited May 15, 2011 11:14 AM
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 9, 2010
7:16 AM

Post #7691643

The female from previous seasons is working on the nest with a new, younger male.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 9, 2010
7:23 AM

Post #7691670

Yah, I was sad to see that Eric, the previous male wasn't there this year.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 9, 2010
8:06 AM

Post #7691785

I wonder if he perished during their long trip...or perhaps decided to find a less demanding female?
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 13, 2010
6:25 AM

Post #7701966

The 25 year old female laid an egg this morning.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 13, 2010
6:29 AM

Post #7701981

Oh Bless her heart!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 14, 2010
7:17 AM

Post #7704728

This female has returned to this nest for 20 consecutive years! Amazing!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 14, 2010
7:28 AM

Post #7704753

she is beautiful!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2010
7:36 AM

Post #7704774

Oh man..don't know if I am up to this after last years roller coaster ride! Maybe a good thing that she has a different, younger mate.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 14, 2010
8:32 AM

Post #7704913

I am really hoping for just 1 chick. Last year was painful, watching them almost starve...but hopefully this younger male will provide better.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 15, 2010
6:02 AM

Post #7707009

She has laid an egg!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 16, 2010
10:04 AM

Post #7710116

Second egg has been laid.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 16, 2010
4:38 PM

Post #7711177

Well darn...
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 19, 2010
3:43 AM

Post #7717235

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 19, 2010
5:25 AM

Post #7717387

Cam is back up now...calling for her mate.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 10, 2010
4:40 AM

Post #7779473

Around 10 days to first egg hatching.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 12, 2010
6:31 AM

Post #7786050

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 12, 2010
7:48 AM

Post #7786278

oh dear...this nest just seems to always have a drama!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 20, 2010
4:21 AM

Post #7809748

First baby hatched this morning.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2010
6:13 AM

Post #7809971

Hope they have an easier time this year!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 21, 2010
4:53 AM

Post #7812826

Here's a bad pic of the baby. The young male has stepped up his game and brought back 5 fish to the nest yesterday.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 21, 2010
6:00 AM

Post #7812996

Wow I just watched them and it's so neat to see that tight shot of the chick and Moms giant feet!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 21, 2010
7:07 AM

Post #7813209

Trouble with the camera now, but hopefully it will be fixed soon because there is a crack in the 2nd egg.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 21, 2010
5:13 PM

Post #7814940

2nd egg hatched early evening...but too late for it to get a meal...hopefully the male will bring back a fish first thing in the morning for the babies.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 22, 2010
5:43 AM

Post #7816213

Two chicks being fed at present

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 22, 2010
7:58 AM

Post #7816493

Aww that's great!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2010
5:04 PM

Post #7817873

What is the time difference for Scotland?
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 22, 2010
6:15 PM

Post #7818075

http://www.happyzebra.com/timezones-worldclock/difference-between-Indianapolis-and-Glasgow.php

There you go, nanny. Scotland is 5 hours ahead of you.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2010
6:29 PM

Post #7818118

Thanks Margaret!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 23, 2010
6:40 PM

Post #7821092

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.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 23, 2010
6:45 PM

Post #7821108

What a cool experience to have whilst you're at work.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 25, 2010
4:45 AM

Post #7825135

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQQCjC7bm8E

The link to the hatching of the first chick at Loch of the Lowes is on the Blackwater Osprey site. This is video #2 and is pretty amazing.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 25, 2010
4:51 AM

Post #7825148

Never thought to check youtube, Margaret...thanks.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 25, 2010
4:53 AM

Post #7825152

It was only because I was checking on the Blackwater site and they pointed to the videos.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2010
5:12 AM

Post #7825186

fyi, blackwater has all their stuff on You Tube and you can subscribe
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 25, 2010
5:19 AM

Post #7825203

Trust you to know that. LOL

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2010
6:54 AM

Post #7825445

Momma is feeding the chicks...they panned out and showed dad perched nearby which is kind of cool!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 5, 2010
6:26 AM

Post #7860493

I cannot believe how fast these chicks have grown! Ours grow at such a slow rate by comparison. The third egg never hatched, but is still visible in the nest.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 5, 2010
11:50 AM

Post #7861218

Their looking great!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 5, 2010
4:48 PM

Post #7861924

The young father is providing plenty of fish, so there has been practically no fighting between the two chicks.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 19, 2010
3:40 AM

Post #7901903

Such terrible news this morning. It seems the female is perhaps at the end of her life. The young father may not be able to keep the babies going.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 19, 2010
3:56 AM

Post #7901920

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.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 19, 2010
5:27 AM

Post #7902038

This is awful. However, the male is feeding the two chicks right now.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 19, 2010
6:24 AM

Post #7902153

OMG...makes me sick to my stomach.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 19, 2010
11:42 AM

Post #7902896

Aww that is such sad news.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 19, 2010
1:21 PM

Post #7903099

I just popped in to check and DAD is busy feeding the chicks...oh I pray that he can keep them fed for another week until they can feed themselves.

It is just so sad...

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 19, 2010
4:11 PM

Post #7903570

I've been gone all day. That's super news about Dad feeding the chicks. I was afraid being inexperienced, he might just take off.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 20, 2010
4:07 AM

Post #7904497

The female is still struggling this morning, but Daddy is once again feeding the little ones. What a wonderful father on Fathers' Day!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2010
6:02 AM

Post #7904707

He is feeding them again now...he is doing good.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 21, 2010
4:29 PM

Post #7908646

Seems the female has rallied a bit and actually ate some today. AND fed the chicks. Outlook is still poor, but she is one amazing bird. She is 25 years old. She has has 48 chicks in the past 20 years.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 21, 2010
7:58 PM

Post #7909143

I had tried this morning but wasn't working for me..Thanks for the update GP.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 22, 2010
2:56 AM

Post #7909442

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.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 22, 2010
3:03 AM

Post #7909448

Here's a pic from a few moments ago.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 22, 2010
3:38 AM

Post #7909476

Glad to hear she is doing better.
gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 22, 2010
4:12 AM

Post #7909502

It is such a relief to see momma Osprey functioning. I missed the drop off, but poppa has brought in a fish, and she is feeding her chicks. dramatic (and relieving) change from yesterday.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 22, 2010
4:36 AM

Post #7909531

She's gone off now, after feeding the chicks. Who would have believed the way she looked a day ago, she would be flying again?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2010
5:53 AM

Post #7909669

Dad just brought a fish in and she is feeding the chicks. She does still look a little rough & wobbley. I do just hope they can get these 2 beautiful chicks raised.

The old girl has done good. A little bitter sweet...kind of like Magaret's ole' Ma.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 22, 2010
5:56 AM

Post #7909678

Oh Nanny you've hit the nail on the head. I've been thinking of darling Ol' Ma throughout this ordeal. Let's hope this tough old bird makes it.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2010
6:02 AM

Post #7909689

She has been in my mind too since watching all this over the weekend. I think OL' MA is forever in my mind & heart to be honest.

They are certainly one of the most magnificent birds to watch.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 23, 2010
2:41 AM

Post #7912523

Likewise, Nanny.

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?
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 23, 2010
4:01 AM

Post #7912601

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.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2010
5:19 AM

Post #7912724

Hard to know. If it was a virus, then recovery could easily be complete, and there's a good two months to get fully fit before migrating. But again, 25 is very old for an Osprey.

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2010
8:22 AM

Post #7913252

No matter what is the out come for Lady, whether she returns next year or not. She will have gone out on a spectacular high note by raising 2 chicks this year. Quite a fitting end I would think.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 24, 2010
4:11 AM

Post #7915723

Currently showing a second view of the nest. I tried to post a link, but it did not work. You can find the cam on the front page under the red squirrel cam pic.

This message was edited Jun 24, 2010 7:12 AM
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 24, 2010
5:05 AM

Post #7915794

http://www.thewebbroadcastingcorporation.com/swt/swt2.php

See if that works
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 24, 2010
11:11 AM

Post #7916680

Thats really far away.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 27, 2010
8:40 AM

Post #7924718

Here's Mom surveying her domain from her perch. What a beautiful location.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2010
9:55 AM

Post #7924905

Little ones are napping...

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2010
12:14 PM

Post #7933266

What a fine looking pair of young Ospreys!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 11, 2010
7:12 AM

Post #7959434

The first Osprey youngster fledged this morning.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 11, 2010
11:54 PM

Post #7961717

Empty nest.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 12, 2010
4:15 AM

Post #7961828

Yes, I just saw the second chick took off this morning. The first chick has had at least six flights since yesterday.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2010
10:57 AM

Post #7962728

Awww...they grown into such handsome birds!!

Both were on the nest when I popped in but one took off while I was watching!
snakeadelic
Hamilton, MT

July 16, 2010
11:18 AM

Post #7973132

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!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2010
12:51 PM

Post #7973329

WOW!!

Could you give the link to that site?

This message was edited Jul 16, 2010 3:51 PM
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 18, 2010
4:55 AM

Post #7977274

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 18, 2010
8:29 AM

Post #7977720

One is napping on the nest now and the other day a osprey was one the nest and then took off...not sure which it was.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

August 6, 2010
4:55 AM

Post #8021994

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.
gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 8, 2010
9:37 PM

Post #8028023

My hopes and prayers are with the Lady. She has been a wonderful inspiration. Please keep us posted.
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2011
5:10 AM

Post #8457785

Good News !!! "Lady", Osprey has returned to the Loch of the Lowes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-12891743
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 29, 2011
5:34 AM

Post #8457848

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 29, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8457944

OMG!!! I can't believe she is back. I was so sure that last was most likely her last. This is great news!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2011
7:39 AM

Post #8458112

That's a tough old girl! Looks like she's got competitionů rut roh.

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

March 29, 2011
9:39 AM

Post #8458374

I've been checking everyday lately. So glad she is still alive, but not sure if I want her to try for any more babies. Too bad she can't just "retire" and relax a bit.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 29, 2011
10:46 AM

Post #8458492

wouldn't that be nice!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 29, 2011
9:43 PM

Post #8459655

Just reading that staff and volunteers have initiated a 24-hour protection watch on Lady to protect her against wildlife crime.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 30, 2011
6:53 AM

Post #8460091

I can't get the camera to load on Firefox...am going to try it on IE...

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 30, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8460701

Well...I can't get it to work...hmmmm
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

March 30, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8460860

If you go to the top of the page on the site and click on home, you can see the Osprey blog also. The camera was just working when I checked, but it is dark there now.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 30, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8461106

Tried several times today...oh well.
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 30, 2011
3:47 PM

Post #8461126

I use Firefox and I get through to Webcam #1. I've tried unsuccessfully several times to get thru to Webcam #2.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2011
3:52 PM

Post #8461139

What kind of wildlife crime are they expecting, margaret?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2011
3:55 PM

Post #8461141

Egg thieves. Also fishermen (particularly water bailiffs on game fishing estates) who don't like any bird that takes fish.

Resin


This message was edited Mar 30, 2011 10:56 PM

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8461144

People? Or other wildlife?
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 30, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8461207


People. There are mo-rons out there, Marna.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8461268

Well, how can they get up to the trees. dang Maroon Mo-Rons! *shakes head*

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 31, 2011
6:25 AM

Post #8462273

ain't that just sick...

Thanks Linth...I will try again. I just added Firefox and wonder if I need to add something for it to play.
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2011
9:09 AM

Post #8462624

Right this minute I got on Webcam #2 but couldn't get on Webcam #1. There is an Osprey on the nest, eating a fish.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 31, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8462962

still no luck here...oh well.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 31, 2011
3:55 PM

Post #8463387

Camera #1 is operational between 9am and 5pm (local time). After that, view on camera #2.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 31, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8463399

I can't get either one to load, the thing just keeps spinning around...
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

March 31, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8463530

Same with me this morning. I usually have no problem.
gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 1, 2011
3:00 AM

Post #8464298

Cam 2 is working right now. The Lady is alert and on her nest.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 1, 2011
4:03 AM

Post #8464339

She looks great. What an amazing bird and story.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 3, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8468543

The male from last year has returned and mating has been taking place. Looks' like more babies will be on the way.

This message was edited Apr 3, 2011 10:50 AM
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 3, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8468587

I saw that. Isn't that just amazing.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 3, 2011
7:51 AM

Post #8468607

Truly is an unbelievable story. Hope things go better this year.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 15, 2011
5:01 AM

Post #8497031

Well, she just laid her 59th egg!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 15, 2011
5:14 AM

Post #8497052

Wow!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 15, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8497250

She is one tough bird. Here's a couple of screen captures from a minute ago.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 15, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8497253

.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 16, 2011
2:27 PM

Post #8500326

OUCH! lol
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 18, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8504621

She now has her 60th egg.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 23, 2011
4:17 AM

Post #8514715

She is now sitting on the 61st egg in her remarkable lifetime.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 23, 2011
6:42 AM

Post #8515004

That is sooo unreal!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 14, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8561901

If these eggs are viable, the first should hatch around May 20th.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 14, 2011
1:19 PM

Post #8562627

sure wish I could get this one to work for me!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 14, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8562819

Yes, it's been very hit and miss with me. I succeed in opening the video about one time in ten.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 15, 2011
4:18 AM

Post #8563648

Not having any luck with the cam the last two days. Now it seems to be working OK.

This message was edited May 15, 2011 11:15 AM
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 18, 2011
9:38 AM

Post #8571570

She has been listening to her eggs, so time is near for hatching.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2011
12:31 PM

Post #8571901

keep us updated!!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 7, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8616294

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.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 25, 2011
4:24 AM

Post #8653164

66 days since the last egg was laid, and they are still incubating. I wonder how much longer before they come to the realization the eggs will not hatch.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 25, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8653255

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.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

June 25, 2011
4:28 PM

Post #8654307

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.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 25, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8654439

It sure would be.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 8, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8679912

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.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 8, 2011
9:20 AM

Post #8680225

Thanks for the update, Margaret. Maybe she'll make it back next year for another try.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 8, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8680854

Sure hope so, GP. She's proven herself to be a remarkably resilient old girl.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8684343

I agree she really did deserve a break. Will be curious to what if anything they can find out from the eggs.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 18, 2011
5:15 AM

Post #8698994

http://blogs.swt.org.uk/osprey/ The eggs were fertile!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 18, 2011
6:58 AM

Post #8699172

Well what do you know!! I had checked the blog last week to see if there was any news yet. Will be waiting for next year to see what happens!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 18, 2011
11:27 AM

Post #8699757

Probably means they got chilled during that severe gale in May. A lot of birds suffered very high losses then.

Report from the last week of May: http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=2733

Resin
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

March 30, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #9063666

Good news. Just today the female Osprey returned to her nest. This will be her 22nd breeding season at this location. She has already mated with a new male too!

This message was edited Mar 30, 2012 7:37 PM
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 30, 2012
11:27 PM

Post #9063934

Such good news. When I looked a couple of days ago, there was no sign of anyone. Thanks, GP

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 31, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9064726

Sleeping now...
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 4, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #9069449

Windy and cold there now. Hope warmer weather arrives soon.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2012
2:27 PM

Post #9069894

Yeah, foul weather yesterday! And just after a record-breaking March heatwave, too. At least they won't have laid yet so the snow won't harm them.

Resin
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 15, 2012
4:26 AM

Post #9082986

She laid her first egg of the season.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 15, 2012
11:33 AM

Post #9083430

YAY!!! She is on the nest right now.

This message was edited Apr 15, 2012 1:34 PM

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9083765

Must be mad, laying in this weather!

Resin
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 19, 2012
5:16 AM

Post #9088549

She now has two eggs.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 19, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #9088855

That bird rocks!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 19, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9089401

She is just gorgeous. I watch her on and off throughout the day, from late morning onwards and her tenacity sometimes overwhelms me.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 21, 2012
5:13 AM

Post #9091253

This incredible bird just laid a third egg.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 14, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9123907

A week away or so from first hatching at this nest.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 21, 2012
4:43 PM

Post #9132524

First chick hatched today.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 21, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9132551

Wow! That's wonderful news. thanks, GP.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #9133708

YAY!!!!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 22, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #9134127

I saw the little one this morning. Another maybe tomorrow.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 31, 2012
4:11 AM

Post #9145765

It seems there will be only a solitary chick at the nest this year. Two other eggs have failed to hatch, but the young one is doing very well.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2012
9:35 AM

Post #9147655

Very windy conditions today.
gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 6, 2012
10:39 PM

Post #9196082

Wow. Both parents on the nest with the solitary chick. Mom (presumably) feeding chick from a fish she tears off for the young-un. What an awesome web cam.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 7, 2012
4:09 AM

Post #9196144

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.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 7, 2012
4:16 AM

Post #9196146

Did you watch the video of the banding, GP? That chick is just so gorgeous.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 7, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9197094

No, I found out a day late.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 7, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #9197180

Here's a link to the 7 minute video. Unless I'm doing something wrong, there's no sound.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6THdM7FsS4&feature=youtu.be
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 8, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #9198214

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.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 14, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9205347

Blue44 has been lifting off the nest, and should fledge very soon.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 16, 2012
4:54 PM

Post #9207792

8 weeks old today and the chick fledged!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 16, 2012
5:14 PM

Post #9207821

Fantastic news, GP. Thanks for the update.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 16, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9207893

He appears to be spending his first night off the nest in a nearby tree.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 17, 2012
4:42 PM

Post #9209362

Bad news. Seems the chick has not been seen since fledging Monday. Tomorrow they hope to get a satellite position on him.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 17, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9209381

Oh no. That's not good.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 18, 2012
4:42 AM

Post #9209784

Just checked and there has been some movement by the chick, seen by the satellite data, which gives some hope. They are still searching.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 18, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9209823

That's promising news. Fingers crossed.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 18, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #9210543

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.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 20, 2012
6:40 AM

Post #9212229

Good news. No, great news. The fledgling is back on the nest.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 20, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9212308

Yes, I just saw that...and hungry!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 20, 2012
11:37 PM

Post #9213025

They've posted on the blog that when it returned to the nest, the female really gave it what for, scolding it and pecking at it. Don't tell me birds don't have emotions.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 21, 2012
5:00 AM

Post #9213120

Dad just dropped off a fish and the youngster is feeding entirely on his own now.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 22, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9214123

A couple of days of food and rest and Blue44 is off again.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 22, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9214130

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.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

July 22, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #9214849

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.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 22, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9214850

It sure is a perilous time for the young.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 2, 2012
1:56 AM

Post #9226741

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.

Thumbnail by DMersh   Thumbnail by DMersh   Thumbnail by DMersh   Thumbnail by DMersh   Thumbnail by DMersh
Click an image for an enlarged view.

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

August 2, 2012
2:22 AM

Post #9226745

Thanks for posting the shots of the youngster, DMersh. What a stunningly beautiful area.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 2, 2012
2:58 AM

Post #9226751

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.

Thumbnail by DMersh   Thumbnail by DMersh   Thumbnail by DMersh   Thumbnail by DMersh   Thumbnail by DMersh
Click an image for an enlarged view.

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

August 2, 2012
3:51 AM

Post #9226781

Wow, lucky you, living so close to this special nest. Have you seen "Lady?"
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

August 2, 2012
4:37 AM

Post #9226804

Nice to have a new perspective on this nest. Final shot you can see the camera we watch with. It is a beautiful area for sure, lush and green.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2012
12:07 PM

Post #9227241

How neat to have some one that is so close...Welcome!!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

August 10, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9237088

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.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

August 10, 2012
7:11 PM

Post #9237281

I hope she returns next year, too. And bonne chance to the little one.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

September 11, 2012
4:35 AM

Post #9271680

Blue has left on his migration. They do have a tracking map on the site to follow his journey.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 11, 2012
5:01 AM

Post #9271699

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.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

September 13, 2012
6:33 PM

Post #9274457

Blue44 has successfully crossed the English Channel...in three hours.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9275294

[quote="gardenpom"]Blue44 has successfully crossed the English Channel...in three hours. [/quote]

And had passed almost within sight of where I live!

Resin
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

September 14, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9275457

That sure would have been something...to see him pass over. I'm worried about the path taken by the other tagged young Osprey. He will be over water a LONG time.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2012
3:09 AM

Post #9276416

Theres a lot of ships to rest on in the English Channel if he gets tired, its one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

September 16, 2012
4:30 PM

Post #9276973

New data is in and both birds are safe and doing well on their journeys.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

November 22, 2012
5:53 AM

Post #9339744

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.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 22, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9340060

Ewww. Let's hope t is the transmitter.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 6, 2013
4:57 AM

Post #9473420

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.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 6, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9473453

Sorry GP, I started a new thread a few days ago but neglected to put the link here. What an amazing bird she is. Here's the link. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1304949/
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 6, 2013
4:47 PM

Post #9474025

Thanks, Margaret. Glad everyone is updated.

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