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…

Jun 14th by Ian under Bird Watching

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Confirmed the Ospreys have chicks or chick, the wee wobbly white head/heads were obscured by the female and the male at times. He seems fascinated by the arrival of the chick/chicks and from his nest perch looks on with parental interest. While I was watching another osprey caught my eye I quickly looked at the nest and the two residents were still there! trouble brewing? well it was not one osprey but two! and one was stalling in the wind as they do over water but this was over trees!! when the stalling and circling bird was about a kilometre…
19th May and I knew the ospreys were at last settled from previous recent observations. I just happened on them as the male had caught a flatfish and began eating it. I could hear the female call begging and wanted to see the crossover for incubating as the male provided the fish remains. I have to say she got the major portion as I did indeed see a crossover, the male is pictured on the tree and the female on the post, note the head colouration difference, the females is solid brown and the males is patchy.…
7th May and three swifts flew over the house at lunchtime, I dropped the washing basket and headed for the swift CD call to switch it on. it is placed near to my new swift box and i hope to have it occupied this year, tks to Tayside biodiversity partnership for the box.…

May 4th by Ian under Bird Watching

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I was observing the osprey pair on the 1/5/17 and she still hadn't settled, I witnessed an attempted copulation but she was wanting food I could heard the begging calls and see her beak moving. On the 3/5/17 she was sitting constantly through the couple of hours I was hoping to see Harrier activity, and I never did. So it would appear that the Ospreys have settled and I can only presume she was not in good enough condition to breed and took a week or two to get to good condition. All of a sudden more warblers are here…
Something is amiss, the female should be sitting tight on eggs by now and is not. Today the 25th April I saw her sitting alone but not tightly, meantime I was watching harriers, after say 15 mins she was sitting up in the nest and looking around. After say another 15 mins she had gone and for the next 40 mins the nest remained that way. Had I arrived some 20/30 mins later than I did I would have seen an apparently abandoned nest for 40/50 mins, can't fathom out what is happening as the male is bringing fish, or…
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