Tag: Osprey diary

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 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…

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…

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…
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.…

Apr 20th by Ian under Bird Watching

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20th April and at last the Osprey pair are settled, even yesterday the female was not sitting and was frequently absent as was the male, the weather is dry but windy so not the best for fishing. The fish clasped in these domestic pictures is again a pike as I saw it's tail as the male manoeuvred in the wind. I spent most of yesterday and today on marsh harrier nest location and think I have a location but it needs more observation work, the previous "late" location last year does not look like a positive site…

Aug 28th by Ian under Bird Watching

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28 August, half expecting to see no ospreys, the male and the juvenile were still around. When I got there I heard the begging food calls of the juv, he/she was on the nest and picking the bones of some well eaten fish, how do I know ? the juv took to flight with the fish remnant, landed back on the perch beside the nest and continued to beg call. I could clearly see it was sporting a blue ring on it's left leg. The male was in sentinel position on a nearby higher tree and when…

Jul 15th by Ian under Bird Watching

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After some holiday time in Englandshire I eventually did some birding on the 14th of July ostensibly checking a marsh harrier nest site, but had to look in on the Osprey who was feeding a newly hatched chick in late June. They certainly have one chick now in feathers but I never saw the chick/chicks being fed so hopeful there are more chicks. At one point there was a third Osprey circling the eyrie but both nesting Ospreys remained at the eyrie which surprised me, usually one will take to the air and "push" the interloper off.…

Jun 11th by Ian under Bird Watching

This is the Osprey eyrie from a different viewpoint, you can see the happy couple intact. Moments earlier however there was a third Osprey hanging around and was perched where the present Osprey is perched, it was calmly escorted off the premises, I was expecting both Ospreys to do it and assertively but no, just when you think you can predict bird behaviour, you can't! The, I think male, Osprey in the second picture is on a perch quite near me in a different position from the first shot, note the length of the wings hence the…

Apr 21st by Ian under Bird Watching

21/4/16 been out a couple of times before the 21st but was unsure if the Osprey had really adopted their old eyrie site with the man made replacement. Well they have, and I assume this photo shows the male on the nest rim and the female now out of sight and sitting on eggs. The new nest site does not allow direct observation as the old one did so I think I will wait until the chicks are up and about before I return to the new observation spot which is nearer and arguably disturbing. Also I…
The one picture of the Osprey should have been two, but the male was off, moved by the females begging calls before I set up the digiscope. The point is this was my first evidence of the pair being bonded, but not nesting, they appear to have their allegiance to the "frustration" nest built last year, that is in the navigation pole, but perhaps paired up too late to build it to their satisfaction, I couldn't spent enough field time earlier on to sort it out. Several Marsh harriers are in evidence, both females, one with a blue tag on…
24 May, I did visit the Osprey site last weekend and saw a lonely Osprey feeding on the other side of the estuary, and that was it, no sign of pairing or even another Osprey. this weekend, well Sunday before the Monaco GP, on the other side of the estuary was a lonely Osprey, but I could hear the nearer begging calls of the female, but could not locate her. The moos were back in the field and to check on his herd along drives the farmer, I show him and his attendant boys the Osprey way across the estuary,…
4/8/13, am, as I predicted (to myself) both juveniles on the wing and as it was low tide, down on the estuary sand banks. One was up to its tail washing the other standing doing the odd preen. It is obvious the independence of the pair to each other given the distance between them and just doing their own thing, in fact one flew off and the other remained. Both juvs had been ringed. I saw no adults so female could be gone with the male remaining or both adults may have gone leaving the juvs to migrate separately to…

Jun 2nd by Ian under Bird Watching

I had predicted the Ospreys would have chicks for the weekend 25/26 May and I was right, just caught at 8.00 am the last feeding of a chick or chicks. Hopefully next visit in mid June will reveal the head count. Spent more time looking for harriers than at the Osprey eyrie, and I got not a single sighting, these birds should have young chicks on my next visit home so should see some food passes if they are still there. Not a sign of the "may" flowers on hawthorn, but the gean trees were flowering the paths with floral…
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