8th Sept, didn't think I would be doing an Osprey diary 7 given the date and the fact the resident Osprey was on his own, however he is still there and the frustration "cranky" nest he was rebuilding looks to have been abandoned and rightly, it's already about to slip off the tree without a winter gale. So, the bold guy has been building himself another frustration nest in the navigation pole he did not use last time! When I arrived he was on the navigation pole without the nest and was eating, when I left he was still there,…

Sep 3rd by Ian under Bird Watching

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2/9/18, spotted swallows on the phone lines, very rare occurrence, then in the garden could see the cause, hundreds of swallows and martins feeding and migrating. I did have a flying ant land on me so suspect there was a hatch of them, the sky was partly black with low cloud  the wind was moderate and it was about 19 degrees C. The martins were feeding above the swallows but partly mixing as well. Took a good 30/40 mins to swirl past and I guess end up roosting in the Tay reedbeds. Witnessed this before but less birds and more…

Sep 1st by Ian under Bird Watching

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Its coming, Autumn with fantastic colours, drops in temperature (boilers back on) and what happened yesterday on the last day in August, a robin declaring propitiatory presence with it's winter song  between my garden and next doors. I note that across the view from our bedroom window the starlings only had one brood, and I have not had one cheeping juv blackbird in the garden. In some years you can count the broods they have from the garden juv feeding, end of April, May and June. Swift nestbox/brick remains unused but hopeful for 2019, they must have seen it from…

Aug 6th by Ian under Bird Watching

Mid to late July in the baking weather we had around 12 swifts from the 5 that arrived in May. All dark foreboding skies on the 3rd of August had no swifts visible, the 12 had dwindled to 3/4 on the 2 August leaving me to wonder if they were migrants and not locals. However the 4/5 and today 6th have been swiftless skies so sadly they have as ever breezed in, bred, and breezed away, leaving me with a beginning of the end of summer feeling. However despite swifts being difficult to precisely count I am convinced this year…
10th July, I had seen a single Osprey a few times while looking for Marsh harriers but I had not spotted a previous nest being refurbished. I think the female from this years pairing has disappeared and the male although he has a competent nest nearby (the original site) has started to refurbish a past frustration nest that subsequently blew down breaking the contained eggs. So why is this happening? I don't know, perhaps time is playing on his talons. He (assumed) was observed flying into a dead tree to snap off a branch so there is a bit of…

Jun 17th by Ian under Bird Watching

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For reasons unknown the Ospreys have deserted, they had a late start the female was a new one, there had been hassle from another pair of Ospreys but the female had settled down and I considered all was well, I holidayed for a week in Orkney and on return had an email saying the Ospreys had deserted. Today the 17th I managed to get out and confirmed there is no sign of the Ospreys. I did see one fly downriver with a flat fish but he was heading further East. I suppose there is no need to build a frustration…

May 15th by Ian under Bird Watching

Had my first swift flying lonely and silently over the house on the 11th of May. My son in a more populous swift village had them on the 12th and by the 13/14th there were a few around me. Started playing my swift call CD near the purpose made swift box again hoping to attract them. Notable is coal tits caching sunflower seeds, this usually happens after breeding, is it the lack of spruce seed, their favourite seed food? I was watching a reedbed for marsh harrier activity and if lucky a food pass, I know where the nest was…

May 7th by Ian under Bird Watching

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7th of May and the ospreys are not incubating, still copulating. I expect some day soon she will lay and start incubating. She also has some binder twine around her left foot that I hope she gets off, maybe by dragging her feet in the water. They seem to have a penchant for orange binder twine as it is in several strands on the outside of the eyrie. I guess they pick it up as nest liner and throw it out when it becomes an agent of tangle. I saw the male twist his head skyward and utter several tuuit…
Blackcap's song must be lodged in the long term memory, as I recognised one today 1/5/18, but still wanted confirmation by searching for the fellow, which I accomplished. I thought he was further up a tree than the song indicated, but he was about a third way up an evergreen tall tree, or a tree with ivy. Also spotted a single jay then later two jays, a GPW was desultory drumming and I wondered about the drumming being a consequence of others drumming? Some years the drumming fills the woods, not this year. Visit to the ospreys was in warm…

Apr 22nd by Ian under Bird Watching

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Male returned 9th April and I watched a lonely Osprey waiting on the return of it's mate, I don't think she came as of the 21/22 April the female now in place has no leg rings. I say that without being 100% sure as the light and the leg exposure have to be right. But who cares? there is yet another pair of Ospreys at this traditional site (more than 10 years) I thought I was watching the lonely male on the nest site when an Osprey flew in with large trout and tried to perch and…

Apr 9th by Ian under Bird Watching

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9th April, been out about 6 times since the Ospreys arrived at Loch of the Lowes and today or PM yesterday was "my" Ospreys arrival. Chiffchaffs beat him by a day, I state him as I believe it is the usual male, no leg rings, and presiding over the eyrie. He was facing me with the clasped red meaty, mate welcoming fish and I had the 60x zoom on his legs and no sign of leg rings. Also had a fly by of a male Marsh harrier so here comes nest spotting time again, followed by hopefully; laying, hatching and…

Feb 28th by Ian under Bird Watching

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Blimey! just north of the newly announced  red met zone and it's not good bird weather. I put seed mixture out for the blackies to chase each other over and the starlings to congregate and scoff, the chaffinches and hedge sparrows get their share as does the robin. This afternoon during the frequent semi blizzards a yellow hammer appeared amongst about 12 male chaffinches. This is a first for my garden and most welcome to. The rain drop picture is added as it was on the sd card and I like it. Feel sorry for the birds…

Aug 20th by Ian under Bird Watching

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20/8 /2017, not knowing if the ospreys had moved on south I went at what I thought was low tide as the juvs often mess around on the river. Stupidly 12.30 was high tide not low tide! however the juvs were on the eyrie, one on the perch and one on the nest, the perch one pictured here is I believe a male and the perch is usually occupied by the larger female who tried and succeeded once to dislodge him. He however got back first to the perch and remained there. The other two pictures are…

Aug 10th by Ian under Bird Watching

August 10th, I knew the juvs would be on the wing and still be around the nest, I wasn't sure if the female would have left and am still unsure. I only saw one adult but as it was facing into the wind i only saw the back of it so could not confirm it's gender. The juv on the perch stayed there the whole 2 hours visit, the other one took to the air several times once joined by the adult who indulged with it in a few sky dives. I could tell the juv in…

Jul 25th by Ian under Bird Watching

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Not a clear view of both chicks but you can just make out the back of the second one. Spent nearly a couple of hours there and no sign of the male, the female was regularly uttering the plaintive begging call, so hunger was on the menu. When it rained I noticed both juvs started to preen and wing exercise before settling down out of sight. Never spotted a harrier but did see a female sparrow hawk zoom over the reeds, first time I have seen that, when it went over the now brown reeds I lost…
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