31 March 2015

With the daily task of incubating the three eggs by Bea and Jasper there is little action on the nest. Our resident ospreys have about 2 - 3 weeks until we can expect the first chick to arrive. In the meantime I thought I'd report on a few nests with a few snippets from each site.

At Loch of the Lowes their resident male returned Sunday, March 23.
Since his arrival in the early hours of Sunday, our resident male osprey has been busy organising his nest for the coming season. He immediately got to work, displaying some interesting cleaning techniques by using his body and splayed wings to flatten the growing grass tufts in the centre! It is possible for a female to reject a nest if it is deemed untidy enough upon her arrival, so this is a very important behaviour to witness.
On Sunday afternoon, the male treated spectators to a wonderful sight of himself returning from a successful fishing trip with a large pike grasped firmly in his talons. After returning safely from his arduous migration it’s a relief to see him demonstrating his great condition and hunting capabilities.
All of the staff and volunteers are holding their breath and watching the skies waiting for the first glimpse of another osprey arriving at Loch of the Lowes. So far, there has been very little in the way of other osprey visitors, although the reported bad weather in Europe appears to be delaying many ospreys on their migration back to the UK. Whilst patiently waiting for a mate, our male has been working very hard on the nest over the weekend – adding large sticks to the edges and improving the nest cup lining with extra clumps of soft moss. Last year our veteran resident female “Lady” returned on the 31st March at 6.49am, so will tomorrow be the day? Only time will tell…

Over at Black Water Refuge they have a pair that recently arrived.
An osprey on the nest that looks like a female. Once the pair has arrived and are fully rested, we'll expect them to begin replacing the sticks in the box that either blew out or were removed by other birds, like our eagles.

At the Rutland Osprey site they had three ospreys in their bay.
The excitement began at about 10:00… I was in the wonderful Waderscrape hide, opening up for the day, when a high-pitched call broke the silence of the empty Bay. It was 28(10) flying in, carrying a fish and being chased by gulls!

At the Chesapeake Conservancy  their pair has returned.Good morning from the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland and welcome to Season Three of Tom and Audrey!  The Chesapeake's favorite osprey couple, Tom and Audrey, have returned from their long winter in South America and have arrived at the new platform! All over the country, and here in Maryland, winter just wouldn’t give up this season.  In the words of Yogi Berra, it was déjà vu all over again with our pole and platform.  Unlike last winter when the pole was merely bent to the point we needed to replace it, this year the entire pole and platform succumbed to the ice and wind.  After bending precariously, then being spun around in all different directions by the elements, our brand new pole and platform that were just installed last season were reduced to kindling and scrap metal.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the Osprey news...Isn't 'Nature' wonderful!


birdgirl said...

Tried to get to the osprey cam this morning and again this afternoon, and all I get is the window with a white question mark in a small blue box. I hope it's not too late to get it working again.

Vivian, GA

moderator said...

Thanks Vivia,

We are verifying the connection and hope to have it restored as quickly as possible.