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  • Blog Post: Where have all the ospreys gone?

    We waited with great enthusiasm for the return of our ospreys this year in the hope that they would nest and that we would have some great views from our camera of the next generation being born. Nature being what it is, things didn’t turn out quite as we had planned and although the Male arrived...
  • Blog Post: Osprey back on the nest!!!

    SUPER EXCITING NEWS!!! This morning we have an Osprey sitting on the nest!!! Blue HJ is the leg ring and it may be a male as there a few fresh twigs on top of the nest. He's a beautiful bird sitting having a good preen on the branches above the nest. Here's hoping he likes the look of the...
  • Blog Post: EP got lucky - romance is in the air!

    Despite seeing nothing on the nest yesterday; early morning watching revealed that a female has arrived at the nest!!! Love is definitely in the air, a brief mating was seen at 7am. A fish was brought into the nest and the female was seen eating it near the nest. She's been spending more time perching...
  • Blog Post: All eyes to the sky!

    It's with baited breath I walk into the visitor centre these days. Any day now an Osprey could land on the nest or be seen in the Bay. The first report came in today of an osprey sighting at Annan. Could this be the Caerlaverock birds back? We'll just have to wait and see. 3 other ospreys have...
  • Blog Post: Super swifts & 2 ospreys

    Hello everyone, Do you love the scream of swifts on warm summer evenings? I find there is nothing that evokes relaxed summer evenings with a cold G&T better, than the sound of their calls over the town. But swifts are in trouble. Fewer are returning to their nest sites and these secret places...
  • Blog Post: Ian goes on Migration!

    On Friday, 22nd July I am going up to visit the Aberfoyle Osprey Project, the birthplace of H/D our resident female. Hopefully this visit will give me some inspiration as to what could be improved with our own visitor centre at the Wigtwon County Buildings. It's just a pity that Aberfoyle has...
  • Blog Post: Wigtown Bay Ospreys

    Hello, and welcome to the new Wigtown Bay Ospreys Blog on the RSPB Crook of Baldoon 's page. My name is Ian Brown, and I am the RSPB's new Wildlife & Community Officer for Wigtown and the surrounding area in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. This includes the new RSPB reserve at Crook of...
  • 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...