Hi June I appreciate what you're saying re 'the circle of life' --it's somehow worse when you've an interest in that particular nest and as in this case, a total waste, as the Buzzard dropped the chick. Horrid. I really am going now !
ShielaFE - The birds are not ringed so we do not know either age and the nest was only built four years ago as a result of many ospreys visiting the fishery and relocated the following year then we had two chicks successfully fledged.
We do think the female is realtively young as she was scared off the nest regularly at the start of last season but by mob crows and finally we saw her in the field adjacent the nest but seemingly struggling. They never laid eggs. I think this was a different female than previous year.
This season similar and I went and spoke to Ewan when she came home and she was chased off the nest regularly by crows taking over the nest. I did say to Ewan that unless we dispose of these crows you will not be having Ospreys on the nest. Next day was fine - say no more.
Like at LG it is pouring with rain so will go down when the rain stops and take a look. My view is The Buzzard may do this again and will scare off the female once more and the same result with the remaining chick (Maybe Ewan has sorted it) - We have a problem with the Common Buzzard here in N E Scotland there numbers have vastly increased in recent years.
I agree EJ would stand her ground and feel the same that it may be her inexperience - that is how they learn and end up having a wise head like EJ.
EJ just flew in with a WHALE, & its still flapping
Can someone please advise what happened to #3.
Was it ever removed or did it decompose on the nest in that awful weather.
Afraid to say it decomposed,
EJ did try to remove it but it came apart & she only took a small piece away
Sorry to hear about your local nest Keith,
It's so sad after they were doing so well, i hope the remaining chick will ok.
Keith, it is my opinion #3 is still on the nest in whatever form still remains. EJ did try to remove her several days ago, but was unsuccessful. So far as i know no further attempts were ever made. It hurts to write this, but the feathers have been there to see and have become less & less noticeable as time goes on.
Keith - Watching Reporting Scotland, I learned of the buzzard attack. It has taken me some time to digest. I recognised the nest as the one you speak of, showed me pictures of – “your local nest”. I am so sorry – I feel for you and all connections.
I am aware of their increasing numbers and know of some very unhappy gamekeepers following buzzard attacks on pheasant chicks but an osprey chick – it is just unthinkable.
Obviously there is now concern for the remaining chick but how can we be sure this is the first attack? Maybe the first caught on camera but in the past there have been reports of missing chicks from nests and did this not happen with two chicks at the Keilder earlier this year? I don't like to speculate but this season seems to be throwing everything at us.
KEITH Many thanks for your response. I know that it is really difficult to comprehend, but I think we are all realistic. This is nature. The buzzard had a nest somewhere with its own chicks to feed. Harsh but true. Buzzards would not survive if food were not available, the same as the dreaded sparrowhawk - a bird which we can but admire with its beauty and agility. I think, but could be wrong, that usually buzzards are carrion feeders which makes this event even more unusual. I would hate gamekeepers to use this as the excuse they needed to kill buzzards in what seems a random way. Buzzards are growing in numbers rather than being a bird which has been around for years like crows: I still am thrilled when I see one in the sky. Red Kite are rare where I am and seeing one last year was wonderful, but of course farmers don't like them either.
We were able to see the event at Lochter because there was a web cam, and we are privileged to be able to watch the nest. It is the same as the LG nest and poor wee chick 3. We all hated what we saw. Most of us don't have that privilege other than by a web cam and never get to see what happens out the wild.
Despite what I say, actually seeing it on the web is still very shocking, particularly for those who care and guard the nest. I do so hope that the remaining chick remains safe.
Im so sorry this is a nest so close to your home and your heart keith. I couldnt believe it when i saw the video. Such a shame. I sincerely hope that the remaining chick stays safe till it fledges. I will keep a close eye on any updates from this nest. Lets hope the female has learnt as our lovely Ej has. Here is a hug for you (((Keith)))
Starling, was that BBC Scotland or BBC Nationwide that you seen it??
Yes it was BBC Scotland.
OK, Thanks Starling!
One chick is busily preening. The other is hiding quietly behind his sibling, with only its head visible.
What are the strnge lights? They dart all over the place, getting larger and smaller apparently with distance.
the largest was about the size of a small clump of moss . The light was striped., round like a disk, but changed shapes like a pliable disk being bent.
The last night or so, there was a large moth or small bird fluttering about. This was entirely different..