Wednesday, 9 April 2008

All Present and Ready

Our hardy 'main' nest birds have been riding out the wild and wintry weather here in the Borders the last few days. Despite the snow carpeting their nest, one of them has been on the nest at all times- probably to make sure no passing birds steal the chance to call it home! The Osprey pair have often been seen sitting side by side and mating, giving every sign of being 'family' orientated- egg laying can't be far off.

More good news today from our second monitored nest in the Tweed Valley. Affectionately know as the 'backup' nest, this Osprey pair have been a feature of the project for several years, and friends of the project will know them as the parents of 'Erol',the famous runt of a nest of a record four chicks in 2005.

The camera on this nest has today been linked up to a remote recording station, and the first images show two birds on the nest, one already sitting suspiciously as if she has eggs. This pair have a reputation for being early birds and it seems they may have preempted even our main nest pair this year. Over the next couple of days fresh footage will be collected that should allow us to identify the birds and to confirm the presence of eggs at this nest.
So all four of our regularly filmed birds have migrated successfully this year, and are on their nests ready to breed- it bodes well for the season ahead.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent news about the "back-up" nest. Looking forward to seeing the footage when doing my first Kailzie shift on the 19th. Let's hope spring arrives soon to help keep those eggs a bit warmer!


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