Each year, the ospreys at Loch Garten have people across the world gripped in their tale of violence, adultery and... well... fishing.
This year's diary, written by the Osprey Information Assistants at the Loch Garten Osprey Centre, picks up the saga where we left off.
We update the blog at least twice a week - more often when there's high drama here. We hope you enjoy reading as the nest-side story unfolds...
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Rothes has had another uneventful week on Ilha de Unhocomozinho. She's staying in a pretty localised area, hanging round the west coast of the island. She seems to have a few favourite perches - at least as regards the numbers I get through from the satellite. That's about all I can say about her...
...Here at Abernethy it's gone manic. With the snow really shifting, we've been trying to get out and do all the things we haven't been able to do for months, with a deadline for getting them done fast approaching. Tracks are only just becoming driveable - but now we can we need them cleared...
The Osprey Centre is on its countdown to the new season. The new team arrived at the weekend, I'm sure before long they'll be blogging about all things Osprey. We've been installing the cameras (apparently the really good view of crossbills - one sat in the Osprey nest while Ross was still up the ladder a metre away from it) is quite normal for the day the nest cameras go up, but it was the best view I've ever had and I was standing on the ground. Richard's been doing all the millions of things that need doing before the start of the season as well as dealing with the powerline installation.
And to top it all the water's stopped working again. Hopefully that'll be back tomorrow...
Finally today is Douglas's last blog contribution - but he's had to go to get some emergency drinking water, so I'll put that up tomorrow when he's had time to write it...
That's it for now.
As promised here's Douglas' last blog... Enjoy.
GOODBYE, SO LONG, FAREWELL
So, this is it, my farewell post. I am worried about mentioning the weather as one day after my last ‘blog’ the snow came down again! Surely, we are past the worst now.
I have been busy updating my c.v. as well as applying for jobs when they have appeared on the various web sites I have been searching; with all my newly acquired skills I have now been for several interviews and……I’ve landed a six month contract with the RSPB doing habitat enhancement work for the Slavonian grebes, I am very happy as it keeps me in this wonderful part of the world for a wee while longer.
Over the last few weeks, I have been watching a Pine marten from my kitchen window; these animals have been on my ‘want to see’ list for a long time and I have enjoyed their company on three separate occasions now. I think the severe weather had maybe forced it closer to the buildings to forage for food.
The forest is looking green again and the birds are in full song on a daily basis, I think it has been a long enough winter for everyone. The college where I gained my conservation qualification had a visit to the reserve today; it was good to see a new group of budding conservationists enjoying this place too.
So, to my thank you’s, first and foremost to all the team at Abernethy/Loch Garten for making my time here so enjoyable, to the RSPB for giving me this opportunity, to my college lecturer for his encouragement and of course, to all you people out there who care about our environment too, keep up the good work.
I don’t think my next post will involve a ‘blog’ but I have enjoyed doing these ones. I am now looking forward to building a successful career with the RSPB.
Best wishes to everyone
Douglas, Good luck with the Grebes....You will be an expert on them in 6 months time !!!Wonderful Birds..
Richard,....Good Luck with the new season...Hope you have hundreds of visiters and make loads of money.
EJ and Odin.....Hurry back
It is Marge :)
It looks to be arranging the 'furniture' so obviously intends to stay.
Just seen an Osprey on the L O T Lowes nest, couldn't see if it had a ring on. Yippee
Your patience please.
As yet we do not have any ospreys back, but yes they are due any day now. The Osprey Centre will not be open to visitors until 1st April. Until opening, it is important that the site remains as quiet as possible at the time of the birds' arrival, giving them every opportunity to settle, so please resist the temptation to "just pop up for a wee peep" when inadvertent disturbance to newly arrived birds could result. Please be patient. Besides, we still have a lot to do in preparation for opening. Your co-operation would be much appreciated, thank you.
Once ospreys are in the Strathspey area, they invariably fetch-up at the local fish farms to feed, to replenish their resources after migration. You may wish to look for them there.
We do though very much look forward to seeing you, from 1st April.
I had problems at first with the webcam but then found that I had to download an update for media player I'm going up north this weekend and if the ospreys are back at LG was hoping to go to Lg to see if I could see them even though the centre isn't open.
Getting very close now. Both male and female ospreys are back at Glaslyn in Wales. Two males back ast Rutland. Surely EJ must be flying through England?
For those on Windows 7 you will need to download windows media player or realplayer( both free)
Oh it is getting so exciting to view the LG nest and wishing to see a familiar figure ............c'mon EJ or Odin !
THANK YOU . gOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW JOB
Hi everybody!!! Can hardly wait to see the birds in the nest. How many chicks will we have this year? Boys or girls??? Any guesses?
No problem with my window 7 tonight. I'm more concerned where our blog is, unless my computer's being silly now.
How exciting!! I watched last year with my class in Aberdeen and the children have been at me ever since to see if the camera is back yet so they can watch whats going on whilst doing their maths!!
I can't see the webcam either Wee Jeannie, I can on the desktop pc, which runs on Vista, but not on this laptop, which runs on Windows 7. I can only presume it's something to do with Win 7, all I get is a white square with a red cross in it?