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Friday, 29 May 2020

πŸ’₯ Osprey Newsflash πŸ’₯

I have been checking in with the Loch Arkaig osprey every day for the last month.  Over the past couple of days the female bird, Aila, has been adding to the nest cup, bringing back what are nearly small logs on some occasions, lots of moss, and building things up.

I just stopped in for my usual pre-bedtime check to see how the pair are and on the edge of the nest is half an egg shell!!!



Making good use of the rewind facility I can see that the first chick hatched a little after 2.00pm this afternoon.



 In this picture you can just see it on the left of the other two eggs.





When Louis (male) came back to the nest with food a little later it was clear how strongly the chick was moving to try and get to the fish.




In 2019 the first egg was laid on the same day (23 April) but did not hatch until 1st June, so this little one is early.  Perhaps the endless good weather has helped?  Eggs are laid three days apart but the next hatching could be as early as tomorrow or Sunday . . .


This is so much more exciting than watching my pond πŸ€ͺ

Quite rightly, for the safety of the birds, if I was in Scotland I'd not be able to see the nest, get close to it, or have a better view than I am blessed with from my desk.  Still doesn't stop me wanting to drive north - bloody lockdown  πŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬



12 comments:

  1. Sometimes technology can be more trouble than it's worth but in this instance it's priceless. I hope the little chick goes from strength to strength and it's brothers/sisters hatch out soon. I must keep an eye on this to see if one hatches on my birthday :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, watched it being fed at 6.31 this morning (you can rewind 12 hours of footage) which was a joy.

      Many happy returns for soon . . . birthdays are cancelled here during lockdown, just not worth the bother πŸ™

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  2. How wonderful, I hope the chick thrives and the you are able to watch the next chick enter the world.
    We were gutted when we found a blackbird's egg shattered in our garden, stolen by a thieving magpie.

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    1. Nature can seem very cruel to our sensibilities :-(

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  3. I would love to go to Loch Arkaig it is one of my favourite lochs in Scotland. We have some wonderful memories of canoeing there. Technology is wonderful though isn't it, allowing us to see right in to the nest.

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    1. I also have some very special memories of Loch Arkaig, although as I get older the thought of 13 miles of single track road which crumbles into a steep bank towards the water in places becomes more off-putting!

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  4. They make magnificent nests don't they. Fingers crossed the other two eggs hatch and the little chicks do well. They stand a better chance this year with less people around generally.

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  5. I've been watching bald eagles and white storks in their nests by video cam. Their babies are growing quite large now. The storks are in the Netherlands, the bald eagles in Iowa in the USA. Very long distance bird watching we do!

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    1. Hi Lucy, have you seen the White Stork chicks which have hatched on the Knepp Estate in West Sussex? That’s certainly worth a Google . . . first White Stork to be born in England for hundreds of years. The Rewilding project at the Estate is amazing.

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  6. I'm keeping my fingers firmly crossed for this little one. I hope it thrives. X

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    1. Hi Jules, I haven’t checked for a couple of hours but it would not be unreasonable to see chick two hatch today . . . So far Louis seems to be doing a good job bringing home the groceries (aka headless fish) and when he has four mouths to feed he will be very busy.

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