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 you may have noticed, we took the chicks off the nest to fit their leg rings and satelite trackers this morning.
They are now safely back on the nest, and EJ is sitting in the Camera Tree.
I'll write a full report later today with photographs, when the names of the chicks will be revealed...
Just tuned in again to see EJ get a rather nasty peck from on of the youngsters.
Glad that the ringing and tagging went well and thank you for giving the camera lens a good clean.
Looking forward to the names given to the 2012 chicks.
donna28, you're very lucky to live here if I was close to Loch Garten, I'd probably volunteer all year. The baggage and marking must be a very intense experience. Véronique (from France)
John thank you very much for sharing with us this experience so exciting, thank you for teaching us to look at, even if sometimes it's sad when you lose a chick, injustice. It's true that you are not spoiled with time in Scotland, France is a little better and we have also balbus in our marshes, conditions are less harsh. EJ and Odin are wonderful parents. Good luck John. Véronique (from France)
Thanks John. I was beginning to think it wasn't going to happen due to the weather. Wonder what their names are.....? Can't wait!!
Oh and well done that man for leaning the camera lens :-) The chick poo is now a thing of the past - we hope!
Thanks for the quick update, and glad you managed to make the window of opportunity, given the unseasonal weather. I missed the event live but have seen pictures and video clips. I am looking forward to learning the names that have been chosen. Donna: how luck are you!
Oh dear...just looked in to see what is going on. I feel very uncomfortable seeing those boxes and antena's on their backs...but I suppose they will get used to them !!!!
Wonder what I would be like with a haversack and an aerial on my back.
Sorry just me .....Crafter x
Thanks John for the info, look forward to seeing what their names will be.
Crafter ~ thanks for alerting me to the fact that the chicks had been ringed ~ I'm usually watching the nest at that time, whilst having breakfast, but not this morning.....sniff!
Guess it's not just housework that's off the cards, Crafter, but your cards also ~ haha! Leen
John ~ it was good to know that the ringing went ahead this morning, and it appears that all went smoothly. I'm looking forward to seeing even more photos ~ thanks to all who contributed to those on the thread ~ and hopefully the proud TEAM LG.
Has something gone wrong with the sound ~ or had EJ shouted herself hoarse?
Please, this is not being morbid, but I am interested to know what did happen to the body of Chick 3 ~ did it just disintegrate, or did EJ dispose of it? It has never been mentioned ~ yet it is a bit of an 'elephant in the room' or should I say nest!
Thanks, as always to everyone at LG ~ you lucky girl Donna28!
What about the 'celebratory cake'.........!!!! Leen
I am lucky enough to be volunteering at Loch Garten this week and felt very privileged to be able to witness the ringing and tagging. I know the names of the chicks but I won't steal John's thunder by revealing them.
They need 6 volunteers each week to monitor the nest, so if you'd like to get a bit closer to the action next year go to the residential volunteering part of the RSPB website. It's a fantastic experience. Thanks LG team. Just one shift remaining for me.
Forgot to say "thank-you" for cleaning the camera :))
Looking forward to finding out what you have called them .
Thank you, John. So glad you managed to find a bit of good weather; I was beginning to worry.... Looking forward to hearing more!!