Saturday, 30 April 2011
If was a year ago this weekend that the nest site suffered from an invasion by another osprey (who is actually this years male) which resulted in the egg being kicked out of the nest. Fingers crossed this doesn't happen again.
Both male and female are taking on parental responsibility well, with the male bringing in both fish and taking his turn at incubating the eggs!
Don't forget you can watch all the action from the comfort of your home, thanks to our online webcam!
Monday, 25 April 2011
Hot off the press (or the TV screen!) our female osprey has just laid her 2nd egg of the season. It was laid at around 15.30 this afternoon (Monday 25th April). This is around 60 hours after the first which is normal for ospreys.
Unusually our male bird has taken quite a fancy to incubating the eggs!! This is considered the females role.
We will keep you posted over the next few days.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
P.S. Also just to let you know our Barn Owl has successfully hatched all her five chicks!
These images can be viewed at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-72ufv3
We are hoping that our female will be laying eggs soon, she has been showing signs over the last few days, so fingers crossed not long now!
Monday, 18 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Monday, 4 April 2011
Hi Folks, thought that I would give you all a quick update on how the ospreys are getting on after they returned to their nest on Thursday (31/3). Both Yellow OU and Green DX look like they are starting to settle back in. Our male bird obviously thinks he is going to be the next Carol Smiley as he has been spotted doing a lot of nest interior design over the weekend! He is also proving his worth with his fishing skills as we have had a good amount of trout brought into the nest.
Just some more information on the female that has been spotted on the nest: Yellow OU last bred on the nest in 2005 before being kicked off by Red 6A (our female from the last few years). We believe she was ringed in the Borders in 2003 and also, unusually, winters in Spain. This is where she has been trapped and has been seen every year. I will confirm this soon.
All this sounds lovely and peaceful but over the last few days the unringed male bird from last year has been spotted both on the nest trying to charm our female, and also perching on a tree next to nest!
More blog posts
In a change the way to we blog with year we are going to try and blog at least every couple of days to keep you all updated!