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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As I sauntered through the forest this evening, getting wonderfully lost, I was brought to my senses by a text message from Richard. It said Two chicks. Can u blog 2morrow morn please. (Yes, Richard has learned txt spk!) Well, I can’t wait ‘til tomorrow to tell you, so you don’t have to wait ‘til tomorrow to find out.At around 7 O clock this evening, as the rain stopped and the sky cleared for the first time in a week, our second little hatchling of 2012 made that brave breakaway from its cosy cocoon into the fresh Abernethy night, under the doting gaze of both (or at least one of its biological) parents, and our dedicated volunteer Stuart. EJ has done a sterling job over the last few weeks, keeping the eggs and the first chick warm and dry. Odin is also upping his game by bringing in plenty of fish. I’m sure they will both continue to raise the chicks with such commitment, whatever the weather...If you’re visiting the Scottish Birdfair tomorrow (www.scottishbirdfair.org.uk) please pop along and see Richard, Abby, and Caroline (last year’s long-forgotten Osprey Warden) who will be manning (and ladying) the RSPB stand. If you’re in Speyside, please pop along and see the rest of us and our new addition to the LG family. If you’re anywhere else, please enjoy watching our second stripy superstar on the internet.So as the sun sets over the nest, EJ settles into a snooze, oblivious that thousands around the world are wishing her, and her chicks all the very best.Finally, a heartfelt hello to John and Paul (but not George or Ringo), who both had to cut their volunteering stays short. Hope you’re both doing well, and that you’ll be back next year.
I know this is an old blog now, but just to say, when I said the goldeneye nest was empty I meant they must have jumped out because they were there half an hour earlier!
Am I imagining it ~ are there THREE chicks?
ChrisS and TerryM - Goldie's chicks all hatched yesterday and have now left the nest box for good. They only stay in the nest box for one day and all fledged successfully earlier today :o) amazing!!
@ TerryM dont worry she covers up the eggs before she goes for a paddle :-)
Goldeneye nest is empty.
I am sure the third egg is hatching at Loch Garten and it is wonderful news about Lady, great picture at LOL.
EJ and ODIN both on nest in sunshine and the new arrival at LOL is having a feed WONDERFULL!
Crossing all my bits for the lady, dad and the little one/ones
Chick has finally got out of the shell at LOTL around 7.10pm , it must be so tired and also Marge as she has been frantic for hours , congrats LOTL after last year which was awful for them
Thank You all for your comments re: pictures,it now makes a little more sense what is happening . It is nice to be able to see what we can - long may it continue.
You probably already know, but just in case you don't the first egg is begining to hatch over at the Lowes, so keeping fingers crossed it it going to be a great summer at both nests.
Just swtched on to see a little bobblehead sticking out from underneath mum is was so lovely.
4:30 I think EJ is helping third chick to hatch ?!
Lots of excitement at the Osprey Centre today - Gloria the goldeneye's chick are hatching, so far we have managed to spot four!
Have just had a quick peek at the Goldeneye cam. There is an egg poking out from under her with a hole in the end. Do we have an imminent hatching?