It's been a big day up at Loch Garten and the team are like proud parents because the chicks as they've been ringed, tagged, sexed and named! To get the chicks' vital statistics and to find out what they've been called check out the latest post on the Loch Garten osprey blog.
We're not running an official Date with Nature here at The Lodge at the moment, but there's still some excellent chances to spot spotted flycatchers. Currently we have a pair nesting near the loos beside the Gatehouse, which is very accommodating of them as it makes them much easier to see!
There's four healthy chicks that should be ready to take their first flight sometime next week so this weekend is the perfect time to come along and see them. Plus the weather promises to be nice so you could tag on a stomp around the reserve too!
Gatehouse by Jesper Mattias
It's been all about the birds on this blog over the last few months, but our Date with Natures are about more than just our feathered friends. Take our Date with Nature at Leighton Moss for example, where the stars of the show are the beautiful red deer that call the reserve home. Pop along between 12 and 5 from Thursday to Monday for a chance to spot these majestic beasts (and their adorable calves!). The Visitor Centre is open from 9:30 and there's plenty of other things to see and do around the reserve so why not make a day of it? We've even got regular deer walks on Monday and Friday evenings. To find out more about the evening events, click here.
Check out the latest post on the Leighton Moss blog to find out what's been happening with the deer at the mo.
Hello again. It's me, Mr P. Well it's been a little while since we last caught up on what we've been up to in Bath. As you might have seen in springwatch a few weeks ago, my chicks have fledged. Chicky P my boy obviously mistook that when he hatched out in a puddle of water that he was a duck or something as he's been in the river twice since he fledged. I'm glad to say that he got out both times without me having to help as I'm fed up of the water this year. Chicky P my daughter on the other hand has been a lot more reserved and keeps hiding in the nestbox when it rains. Well, except for yesterday when she missed and landed on top and still wound up getting wet. Oh the fun and games we have.
This pictures pretty much sums up what things are about at the moment.
That's right. Me and Mrs P have become a meals on wings delivery service for the chicks. Hopefully this years chicks will catch on quicker than P junior. Its been nice having him baby sit and all that, but after all two is company and he's so loud.
Till next time.
Despite the unseasonal weather, the single Lake District osprey chick is holding on through rain and shine! It's growing up quickly, with adult feathers and features appearing before the team's eyes. The chick's also beginning to move around, flapping around the nest towards food, and developing its own character.
The floods were really bad around the Bassenthwaite area for a brief period on Friday and Saturday. Unfortuantely the nest cam was a wash out and the team still don't have a live stream showing at the Forestry Commission Whinlatter visitor centre. The team did see the male working hard hunting on Saturday and he eventually managed to bring a fish in through the rain and wind. The chick seemed very happy to see it!
The chick should be ringed some time over the next week so we'll bring you the photos as soon as we can.