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  • Blog Post: Osprey

    Well only three days to go for the latest return of the Wigtown Ospreys, time is getting on and we have only had site of single birds on the Bay and none on the nest. The ones we have seen might be birds moving through to other sites and just stopping for a feed or only one has returned there is another...
  • Blog Post: Any exciting Goose arrivals in the Bay yet?

    This was a question posed by Original Goldfinch in another discussion, but I figured it deserved it's own one! I haven't had, or heard any exciting goose or swan reports yet, apart from Billc (one of the Wigtown Bay Osprey volunteers) who saw an A ustralian Black Swan last Tuesday (13th) from...
  • Blog Post: Second video clip on Wigtown Bay Ospreys website

    Wow, I’m getting good at this whole website editing stuff, second video clip of 2011 Wigtown Bay Ospreys posted on Wigtown Bay Ospreys website.
  • Blog Post: JD almost gone, JC still Lazing around!

    Things are getting very exciting wi th the Wigtown Bay Osprey Project as JD shows signs of fledging imminently. JD who we are almost positive is our elder male chick from weight, size and behaviour, was seen on Tuesday 12 th July jumping up and hovering so high he went out of camera shot. There was one...
  • Blog Post: Now there are 2!!!

    EP our male from previous years, that has been hanging about in the area has just turned up on the nest. HJ didn't seem upset by this, so maybe he's a she?? A raven is flying around too. All go today!!
  • Blog Post: Have they all gone?

    There have been no sightings of the Wigtown Bay Ospreys since Thursday, 24th August when H/D and JD were seen on CCTV camera at the nest site, so we are beginning to wonder if they have all migrated? A visitor reported seeing an osprey flying near Wigtown on Monday 29th August, which was presumably...
  • Blog Post: So long and thanks for all the fish!

    Next Monday will be the last day of my contract as Wigtown Wildlife and Community Officer, so I thought I had better sign off. There will be a new contract advertised soon for 2012's RSPB Wildlife and Community Officer which is due to start in March. 2011 has been an interesting year for Wigtown...
  • Blog Post: Horray! I have created a temporary fix for the Wigotwn Bay Oprey Website!

    Horray! I have created a temporary fix for the Wigotwn Bay Oprey Website! I have finally managed to upload a clip onto youtube and link it to the Wigtown Bay Ospreys website! I know all you techies will be wondering what took me so long, but for me this is real progress, I still don't really...
  • Blog Post: Ian is back from migration but still no news of JC

    I had a very enjoyable visit to both the Glaslyn and Dyfi Osprey Projects in Wales, great to hear that all three chicks at each project are going strong. Still no news of JC so I think we have to assume that she is probably dead. JD is still doing well, he can be seen feeding at the nest site daily...
  • Blog Post: Press Release

    Hot of the Press! (Well so hot that it hasn't even been sent to press yet!) New arrival for Wigtown Ospreys RSPB Scotland takes lead role in osprey partnership There’s a new arrival for the Wigtown Ospreys this week, but it’s not another chick. Ian Brown, a community and...
  • Blog Post: Feed the Birds Day

    Today is the RSPB National Feed the Birds Day, but tomorrow, Sunday 30th October I will be making free bird feeders with visiotrs in the Wigtown County Buildings. The Visitor Centre and Osprey Room will also be open and staffed by my fantastic volunteers, so come along and join the fun.
  • Blog Post: Volunteers lend a hand

    I am slowly building up a group of keen volunteers to help me on the reserve. Recently the volunteers have been helping install a kissing gate and dismantle and reassemble a shed. There's still lots more to do, so if you are interested in joining our team, please get in touch. The volunteers not...
  • Blog Post: New link and address shortcut that can now be advertised to the world!

    Hurray, thanks to the fantastic RSPB webteam this blog is now linked to the RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve webpage, which means you can now use the following link to find us: http://www.rspb.org.uk/crookof​baldoon This address can now been advertised to the world, so hopefully we'll get some more...
  • Blog Post: No recent sightings of ospreys over Wigtown Bay

    It seems that the Wigtown Bay Ospreys have gone, they were last seen at the nest on Thursday 24th August, and we haven't had any recent sightings of ospreys over Wigtown Bay since Paul Tarling saw one on Thursday 1st September. There are still ospreys been sighted in Dumfries and Galloway, I saw...
  • Blog Post: Movie night in Wigtown

    We are pleased to say that Wigtown has secured a place for one of 6 showings of “Born to Fly” – a cranes story in Dumfries and Galloway and a film on osprey We will be showing the film at Wigtown County Buildings on the 6 th March. Personally I am very pleased that we have been...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys seen at Wigtown nest again.

    My day was certainly brightened today, not just by the super sunshine but also by seeing both EP and DK at the nest over lunchtime. At 1.30pm, EP landed on the microphone next to the nest. He was just by himself it seemed and he re-arranged some twigs and grass before disappearing, only to return with...
  • Blog Post: Osprey still seen at Wigtown Bay.

    It seems rather late in the season, but I have just received a report of an osprey seen flying northwards from Garlieston over Wigtown Bay at mid-day on Tuesday 4 th October, unfortunately it was unidentifiable whilst in flight. Could this be one of our birds still around the area, or are we still...
  • Blog Post: Ringing photos finally posted! and latest osprey news...

    At last, I have finally managed to post Paul's amazing ringing photos. Enjoy.... Latest osprey news, JD who we think is the elder of the two chicks and is probably a male, has been doing a lot of wing exercising over the weekend, and has been doing spilt second hovers, not long before he will...
  • Blog Post: Secret Romance and a sunny day at the beach

    It looks like our ospreys are rather camera shy. While there is evidence that they are still using the nest in the evening and through the night to roost, there is no activity at the nest during the day. Extra dry grass keeps appearing in the nest bowl so our new female is adding the finishing touches...
  • Blog Post: JD has left the nest!

    JD our Wigtown Bay 2011 Osprey Chick fledged yesterday morning, 15th July, on his 52nd day as predicted. JC his day younger sister is expected to fledge on Monday 18th July. Unfortunately I dicided to take yesterday off, and missed it, but Bill one of our trusty volunteers was in to witness the grand...
  • Blog Post: Loch Garten Osprey chicks on the move

    This year's Loch Garten osprey chicks have just started their migration to Africa, with one embarking on a celebration zig-zag-tour of Britain and flypast of our reserves. Every year the chicks are fitted with satellite tags so we can follow their migration. Tore Last Wednesday morning (17...
  • Blog Post: All eyes to the sky!! Spring is here!

    It's with baited breath that I go into the Visitor Centre these days. Any day now an osprey could appear on the nest. Already there has been an osprey sighted at Annan. Could this be the Caerlaverock birds returning? We will just have to wait and see. 3 other opsreys have been seen further south...
  • Blog Post: Who is HJ?

    Turns out blue HJ is a very young male bird. He was ringed at Caerlaverock in 2010 as a chick, so he is only 2 years old. Most ospreys don't return to the UK until they are 3 years old, but they have been known to return early to look for mates and suitable nest sites. So HJ is clearly hoping to...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen our osprey? Wigtown Ospreys chick goes missing.

    This week's press release: One of the two Wigtown Bay osprey chicks from this year’s nest has unexpectedly disappeared. JC, the presumed female chick, which took her first flight only last week, was last seen on July 22. It’s normal for osprey chicks to stay close to the nest for...
  • Blog Post: We survived!

    After 3 days of no electricity, I was MIGHTY glad when the lights popped back on last night. We even had our first barbeque of the year!! Wasn't the warmest but at least the sun was shining. The wind is still bitterly cold here but that hasn't detered some hardy ospreys returning to the UK. Reports...