The Osprey Chat Thread For March 2012

Loch Garten ospreys

Loch Garten ospreys
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Loch Garten ospreys

The Osprey Chat Thread For March 2012

  • Yes it is finally here, the long winter is over and we are preparing to welcome back the ospreys from their holidays.  The EJ  countdown clock currently says 23 days or so.

    The excitement has been growing by the day for quite a while now. I guess you best get the housework done or there will be precious chance to get it done in the next six months.

    So what do you hope for in the new season? I think it goes without saying that the safe return of EJ and Odin are top of everyone's wish list. Then of course there is Rothes. How exciting that there may be the first return to Scotland of a Loch Garten hatched chick for a long time.

    Then of course there is Garten. Will white PH be sighted?    One certainly hopes so.

    One must spare a thought for the class of 2010, unringed, untagged and largely forgotten. As they slog their way through the Sahara no one will have a clue. It sort of shows the value of ringing and tagging.

    Well enjoy the ride. If we could predict what is going happen it would not be exciting.

  • Thanks Tiger. Here's to an exciting, fascinating and educational (from ospreys to us) new season!

  • Yes it is very exciting as it will be my second season and I feel really excited about what will happen this year.    I have thought often too of the 2010 chicks, its a pity that they couldnt have been ringed at least, we will never know how they do, but out of 3 chicks surely one will survive to come back.  Oh the mysteries of watching Ospreys LOL...

  • Mary GK

    Yes it is very exciting as it will be my second season and I feel really excited about what will happen this year.    I have thought often too of the 2010 chicks, its a pity that they couldnt have been ringed at least, we will never know how they do, but out of 3 chicks surely one will survive to come back.  Oh the mysteries of watching Ospreys LOL...

    I have been watching Loch Garten actively for over 10 years. I have yet to see one chick I have known come back. So it will be a first if Rothes makes it back.

    Remember 74 juveniles were released at Rutland from 1996 until 2005. Only 13 were ever sighted alive again which is an 18% return rate. Mind you in 2004 two chicks fledged from Rutland and both came back and are  now breeding there.

     

  • My spirits are high for the 2010 Osprey season - hope those in authority let us have the correct links soonest (they seemed to change their minds last year).

    Yes TIGER, the SAFE return of EJ and Odin top my list too but I'm not forgetting PM as well as PH  (nothing is definite so hope is still there for me). And I shyly hope Richard will start to call PJ ''he'' as she surely is   :) from the photos that were put online.

    When is a sensible time to start the Daily Update pages?

    Hello to you all, fans, especially Tiger Chloe and Mary who are on this page before me  

  • Tiger

    [I have been watching Loch Garten actively for over 10 years. I have yet to see one chick I have known come back. So it will be a first if Rothes makes it back.

    Remember 74 juveniles were released at Rutland from 1996 until 2005. Only 13 were ever sighted alive again which is an 18% return rate. Mind you in 2004 two chicks fledged from Rutland and both came back and now breeding there.

     

    10 years is a long time, no wonder you have such knowledge of the Osprey's, its so sad to think that so many of the chicks fail to return, its been a long slow process going from that first pair to almost 250 pairs now, but I am sure there are more out there that are not known about.  So fingers crossed for Rothes return, and also hopes of sightings of Nethy/Garten/Mallachie too, you can tell I am a silly optimist....   

    Hello Cirrus

  • Tiger

    Mary GK

    Yes it is very exciting as it will be my second season and I feel really excited about what will happen this year.    I have thought often too of the 2010 chicks, its a pity that they couldnt have been ringed at least, we will never know how they do, but out of 3 chicks surely one will survive to come back.  Oh the mysteries of watching Ospreys LOL...

    I have been watching Loch Garten actively for over 10 years. I have yet to see one chick I have known come back. So it will be a first if Rothes makes it back.

    Remember 74 juveniles were released at Rutland from 1996 until 2005. Only 13 were ever sighted alive again which is an 18% return rate. Mind you in 2004 two chicks fledged from Rutland and both came back and are  now breeding there.

     

    Tiger this is so sad to hear, I knew the return rate wasn't good but I don't know what to say about this... I really do hope that the ones everyone are hoping to return this year do show themselves just so we can have more hope of others too coming back in the future. It really does show that we need to enjoy the company of them all while they're here for us to see, their lives are so fragile!

     

  • NightOwl  The statisics at  Loch Garten are skewed by the four barren years, viz.  2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

    Of course last year there was great excitement that Baldrick  (yellow 28 from 2004) had turned up and he may have done. But he was evicted before it was confirmed and there was then it emerged that another osprey had possibly got a similar ring.

     

     

  • Cirrus The Daily update starts the day  EJ arrives.

  • I was gutted to read that no LG youngsters have returned in 10 years let us hope that Rothes breaks THAT record this year and makes it all the way to Scotland safely, along with our dear EJ and Odin

  • Cirrus

    Hello to you all, fans, especially Tiger Chloe and Mary who are on this page before me  

    And hello to you Cirrus.  We soon start the vigil once more!

  • patily

    I was gutted to read that no LG youngsters have returned in 10 years let us hope that Rothes breaks THAT record this year and makes it all the way to Scotland safely, along with our dear EJ and Odin

    Remember that as long as two come back Odin and EJ will have reproduced themselves. If they all came back we would  soon have wall to wall ospreys. Indeed that is one of the reasons the Rutland translocation could happen. Too many birds were competing for too few nesting places.

    Also it is possible that Henry's chicks from 2004  (yellow 27, 29, 28) or  2006 (yellow 8U, 8V, 8w) are out there somewhere.

     

  • Wow. Look what I found. See  Ospreys Stars on BBC 1

    See Cumbrian Ospreys

     

    I have never seen this one before.

  • Couldn't view the embedded video but was ok with standalone player. Thanks Tiger. I do remember seeing something like that before but it might not have been exactly that one.

    Brought back memories of walking up to the Dodd Wood viewpoint when they were at the original nest on Barf fell.

  • Tiger

    Wow. Look what I found. See  Ospreys Stars on BBC 1

    See Cumbrian Ospreys

     

    I have never seen this one before.

    On that video at 1:15  I can be seen ( blink and you'll miss it ) ! Short person wearing blue, looking thro binocs. I did not know there would be filming that day just wandered up and was trying to keep out of the way... It was a good day to be there as there was a Great White Egret there by the water and at one point very close to an osprey on a fence post. That was very unusual.
    edit - Have looked it up and it was on 29th June 2006