Thursday, 2 April 2009

And Then There Were Three!

What did I say yesterday? It wasn't an April fool- it was indeed the day our 'main' nest Osprey first returned. The hardworking volunteers attending a working Bee at Glentress centre preparing it for the season, were treated to the first camera view of our female bird on the nest just after lunch. This confirmed her presence which we'd suspected for a few days after local sightings over the river etc. What a welcome sight after her long and dangerous journeys!

Then the best of news today, as our female was joined by her mate at 10.30am this morning. The pair, despite months apart, wasted no time in romantic reunions and mated at 11am. This bodes very well for the breeding season ahead.

To top it all off the newly reunited pair joined forces to see off an intruder Osprey this lunchtime at the nest- alas it happened too quickly for me to identify the intruder, but I'm sure it won't be the last of the season.

The two visitor centres open on Monday so come and see the birds for yourselves soon!

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