LOCH OF THE LOWES OSPREY, SCOTLAND 2019

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LOCH OF THE LOWES OSPREY, SCOTLAND 2019

Post by Ferenz » Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:56 am


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Despite the wintery conditions and gales we are delighted to welcome our resident breeding male osprey LM12 back to Loch of the Lowes.

He touched down after hours yesterday and wasted no time in cracking on with some housework on the nest. He was looking in fine fettle this morning, shaking off the snow and has already had an early breakfast!
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Re: LOCH OF THE LOWES OSPREY, SCOTLAND 2019

Post by Woodlands Bleu » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:25 am

Great news Ferenz....thank you!
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Post by Ferenz » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:44 am

Laddie (LM 12) brings hay and shovels the nest bowl

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Re: LOCH OF THE LOWES OSPREY, SCOTLAND 2019

Post by Ferenz » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:00 pm

LF15 (aka Lassie) arrived back on the nest at 5.50pm on Saturday 23rd March, after LM12 (aka Laddie) had been skydancing for an hour or so. He delivered a bit of fish but there was no nookie observed. This will no doubt happen once the bond is truly resealed and Sunday 24th March may be a busy day.
https://community.rspb.org.uk/placestov ... march-2019

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First mating this night

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Post by Ferenz » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:11 pm

This sunday morning mating

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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:40 am

So good to hear/see!
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Re: LOCH OF THE LOWES OSPREY, SCOTLAND 2019

Post by Ferenz » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:58 am

We are very pleased to announce that LF15, our resident breeding female laid her first egg of the 2019 season at 20:37 on Thursday 4 April.
https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/20 ... the-lowes/

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LF15 lays her first egg of 2019 © Scottish Wildlife Trust

2nd egg laid 7 April
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Post by Ferenz » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:17 am

Third egg laid yesterday

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Post by Ferenz » Sun May 12, 2019 12:19 am

:hatch:

First hatch & Pip in egg 2

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Post by Ferenz » Sun May 12, 2019 3:22 am

Bob 1

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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Sun May 12, 2019 4:03 pm

Oh so cute!
Thank you Ferenz,
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Post by Ferenz » Mon May 13, 2019 2:24 am

Second chick hatched on Monday evening ~ 7:30PM :hatch: :hatch:

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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Mon May 13, 2019 1:58 pm

Wonderful Ferenz....
now there be two!
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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Tue May 14, 2019 5:38 pm

Oh how incredibly cute,
oh what a deep bowl,
and oh, what a big fish!

Just their wish....
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Re: LOCH OF THE LOWES OSPREY, SCOTLAND 2019

Post by Ferenz » Thu May 16, 2019 9:29 am

:hatch: :hatch: :hatch:
16 May 2019

Our third chick has hatched at Loch of the Lowes!

It’s been a long day and night for our team at Loch of the Lowes but, 20 hours after we first spotted a pip in the third egg, we can confirm we have three chicks this year! Yesterday marked 50 years to the day since the Scottish Wildlife Trust purchased Loch of the Lowes. Given the significance of the date we were delighted to see the first signs of the third chick hatching shortly after 9am.

We were feeling confident that we would celebrate our birthday with another chick! Of course, nature has its own ways. We faced a long wait through a gloriously sunny day, and into the evening. It was clear progress was being made as a pip turned into a hole and more cracks appeared. We also had several views of the chick breathing inside the egg. However, it wasn’t until 5.12 am that we saw LF15 fly off briefly from the nest, giving us our first look at the newly hatched chick.
https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/20 ... the-lowes/

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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Thu May 16, 2019 10:42 am

Thank you Ferenz....they are indeed special.
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Post by Ferenz » Mon May 20, 2019 7:24 am

Little Bob #3 got some bites. Laddie took the fish & left...

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Post by Ferenz » Mon May 20, 2019 7:28 am

Laddie returned later with fish, Bob 3 got a short feed before Lassie covered her chicks against the rain.

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Post by Ferenz » Mon May 27, 2019 6:58 am

Sad news: chick #3 has perished yesterday after beeing stuck between sticks in a hole
at left nest rim and couldn't free itself lying on its back for hours....


Scyllabub video The tragic last hours of #3 ~ ©Scottish Wildlife Trust, Lowes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... CQZEE_NwVU

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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Mon May 27, 2019 7:11 am

So very sad......and hard to view.
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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:58 pm

The two big chicks look great...
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Post by Ferenz » Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:28 am

26 June 2019 - Meet PT4 and PT5

What a cracker of a day for the annual ringing of the young osprey chicks!

The team at Lowes could not have asked for better weather; calm, warm and not a breath of wind, perfect for the tricky job of ascending the tree by local licensed and experienced raptor ringer Keith Brockie. The young birds even had an early feed – or ‘breakfish’ – ready for the day ahead.

Keith has decades of experience and the chicks were safe in his hands. Once he had ascended the tree the ringing process itself took only a mere 12 minutes! Ringing on the nest not only speeds up the process, but minimises the disturbance to both chicks and adults.

The chicks’ natural instinct is to play dead as soon as they hear their parents’ alarm calling, which makes handling the birds much easier. The chicks are further calmed by placing a piece of dark material – in this case Keith’s ringing gillet – over the birds. All that is required to secure the ring is to gently coax out each leg.

In Scotland ospreys are ringed with a coloured ‘Darvic’ ring on their left leg, whereas ospreys from England and Wales receive their coloured ring on their right leg. A smaller metal BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) ring is then attached to the other leg.

This code is used to register the bird into a UK-wide database. Along with the ‘Darvic’ code it is unique to each bird. This year our chicks have been ringed as Blue PT4 and Blue PT5.

The wingspan of each bird was also recorded, with PT4 measuring 390mm and PT5 coming in at 380mm.

Sexing the birds is always based on a ringer’s judgement and experience, however one indicator that is fairly accurate is observing the fit of the ring. Female birds have much thicker leg bones at the time of ringing than the males. Keith’s observations this year indicate that we potentially have two young males on the nest.

https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/20 ... 4-and-pt5/

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Newly ringed young ospreys PT5 and PT4 © Keith Brockie

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Re: LOCH OF THE LOWES OSPREY, SCOTLAND 2019

Post by Woodlands Bleu » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:19 am

Fantastic news Ferenz...they are handsome!
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Post by Ferenz » Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:01 pm

YAY carolyn, its a great UK season

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Re: LOCH OF THE LOWES OSPREY, SCOTLAND 2019

Post by Woodlands Bleu » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:08 pm

I agree....coming to visit the overseas nests is a highlight. Thanks for your posts.....
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