Was watching on station by 8.30 am, on the 22/4/12,  female Osprey on eyrie, male nearby but not on sentinel position. Four clamouring Jays fly by making a grunting noise, not the usual "someone is being murdered in the woods" noise. Song thrush is the dominate singer, chiffchaffs and chaffinches  the chorus, wrens the sopranos. The pics are the male osprey at about 10.00 am, showing off his now revealed yellow ring on his right leg, while clasping a large (trout?), I could see the female on the nest cup making begging noises, while the male was nearby beginning at the head of his (or a private ponds) trout. I wondered if she would leave the nest cup and he would immediately offer the catch, as happened with the flounder before, did not have long to wait, but the result was different. She did get off the nest cup and vigorously went for a carrion crow hidden from my view, and I don't mean chase, I mean try to injure, a very determined attack with the crow equally re-attacking/defending, there was only ever to be one winner and the crow beat a retreat. The male Osprey stopped feeding and watched the whole murder intended chase, she returned to the eyrie and settled back on the eggs, he resumed feeding. I went harrier hunting. The other pics are Shelduck, this time 12 of them! at least 4 males in good natured rivalry. Why some are on the wall and facing away from the others, defeats me. they did all fly off together accompanied by that laughing call the females make. Surely it's to early for these birds to be unpaired for the season ahead? The wood pigeon is in my garden and is more attracted to the food than has fear of me. On the estuary a single female marsh harrier, without wing tags, was nest building, saw her put nesting material down in the same spot three times, then I thought she was off hunting, she did something I have never witnessed before, she climbed in height and circled and climbed and circled all the while moving down the estuary. I watched till she was a thin black pencil line on the grey cumulus. No other harriers around. (I witnessed an almost exact repeat of this on the 23/4/12.) Hopefully when a male appears she will use the same nest site, as I am off to the Shetlands for 20 days just at this crucial time to spot the nesting site. I have never seen a harrier attack a buzzard before, this one did, the buzzard was upside down at one point presenting talons in this mid air battle. The buzzard was no match for the aerial harrier who left the scene with jaunty flight, my scope in pursuit. Still not seen or heard another Swallow, but did hear and see a male blackcap after a 20 minute skulk  through the woods to positively make sure. That's the benefit of knowing birdsong, perhaps I will remember it's song next time, or more like it next year. A skein of about 100 geese flew over Dundee heading North.

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