The staff at Loch of the Lowes are pretty certain that the female who arrived on Saturday 30 March is the adult female known as Lady - right on cue, too. There is just a tiny element of doubt because the dark mark in her right iris seems slightly different, but all her behaviours are the same.
Here's a link to the blog. http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/
Here's a link to the thread Gardenpom started last year. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1084943/
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Scottish osprey nest (Loch of the Lowes)
Hope they have better weather and luck this season. The cam is still down, hopefully will be up and running sometime Monday.
She has laid her first egg for this season. Number 65 in all.
The new camera set-up must be having a lot of teething problems. It takes ages buffering and then the quality is appalling.
Yes, they reference that in their blog (April 16th). That is one amazing bird. And this is in the WILD… with migration.
I know! I recently read the book about her. She is one astonishing bird.
Off the topic of this thread a bit, but just by way of comparison with the migratory ospreys, I went to the osprey nest that I watch yesterday. I didn't expect that I'd see any ospreys, because we're only just into autumn (if you could call it that). On the nest was Dad, on the low branch was Big Hook and on the left branch leading from the nest was the juvenile. I've seen both adults recently when I've kayaked below the nest. Both birds were down closer to the river, but very close to the nest tree. What a charmed life they live in comparison to the migratory birds.
right, I wonder how much longer yours there live than ones who have to migrate.
I wish there was a way of telling, Marna, but without banding or positive and permanent marks on individual birds, it's all guess work.
Lady laid her 2nd egg of the season in the early hours of this Scottish morning.
They only know of one instance where 4 Osprey chicks survived at a nest site. 4 eggs certainly gives better odds of a couple hatching, though.
Just saw that, GP. Thanks. I wonder if it is the first or the second egg which has hatched. I can't get the webcam this evening.
Lately they have had a problem at night, and when I do get it, it is aimed away from the nest. They think this may be the second or third egg, so it looks like the 1st egg failed. I was fortunate to see the baby a few times before I left for work. The female was feeding it so gently.