Good Morning All
Well, Blue44 took off at 11.55am yesterday and without any warning, just flapped his wings and flew with the wind beneath his wings. From what I saw it looked as though he had a good flight, a bit low but other than that he was looking good.Our member Anne C was visiting Lowes for the first time and was lucky enough to be there at the time Blue44 Fledged and saw it as it happened. This is what she said “So excited. just back from my first ever visit to Lowes and we saw Blue44 fledge!! He just stepped off the edge and flew towards us in the hide then off round behind trees at the nest. The excitement was intense. One of the staff was with us and there were quite a few tears. Mine included.
As we were waiting for his return Emma arrived. She missed it all as she was working on the blog about eggs. Lady is sitting in silver birch and Laddie is on boingy tree.They are not at all alarmed by the fact that he is not back. Emma said they would be distress calling if anything was wrong so let us just hope they are right. Can’t believe our luck. It was spectacular.” “We had to wait over an hour to even see chick as intruders were around and he was made to lie low. He wasted no time when he did get up though. Lady flew off to sit in the birch tree and as soon as she was settled he just stepped off. The staff member who was with us was joking that she probably told him just when to go as everyone there does what Lady tells them.”
Thank you Anne for letting us know about your visit and the excitement from the hide, your timing was just perfect, one you won’t forget in a hurry, that’s for sure
Nestcap 16th July 2012 Fish Deliveries - 3
03.41 It is getting light now at the Loch now 04.18 In flies Laddie for his morning visit 04.22 Day camera comes back on now 06.21 Laddie arrives with a Fish Delivery and in flies Lady. 06.22 Laddie flies back off with it leaving Lady and Bluee44 bewildered 06.29 He’s back and brought the fish too. Lady grabs it 08.57 HD Camera on now 09.43 Laddie has brought a large headless fish and Lady takes it and drags it to the middle and begins to feed Blue44 09.56 Blue 44 plays dead while Lady and Laddie mantle and alarm call. Intruder about. 10.02 Laddie flies off, threat over. 10.37 Laddie back, Lady mantling and calling. Intruder back maybe.
10.41 Threat over Laddie flies off with the leftover fish. 10.42 Laddie has flown but Lady is still alarm calling 10.45 Lady alarms calls again then flies off to give chase 10.55 Blue44 is still lying prone possible both adults are chasing the intruder 11.55 Blue44 has fledged!!!!!!! 12.06 What a shame we never saw him go – I heard him flapping and could see his tail but the camera never moved and he’d gone – hope they have some sort of record at the Loch 12.07 They didn’t follow him?? No way!! 12.30 Tweet from SWT – “Our Osprey chick Blue44 has just fledged – 11.55am. He flew across the loch and around the back of the trees. M and D sitting proudly nearby” 12.38 There is an update from Lowes today re: the eggs that were removed from the nest http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/ 16.33 Laddie flies in and attempts to mate with Lady, but not successful, Lady then carries on with the housework 19.07 Update from Lowes re: fledging with a fantastic pic of Blue44 stepping off the nest. xxx http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/ 19.17 Laddie brings in a fish and Lady takes it, they both look a wee bit puzzled. Lady has taken it and flies off. Laddie seems unsettled pecking around the nest now 22.33 Infra red camera on 23.36 Well we are now experiencing E.N.S and no sign of any of our birds on the nest tonight
CLIP © SWT BLUE44 FLEDGING
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A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR MARY. HOPE YOU HAVE A LOVEY DAY. LOVE FROM EVERYONE IN THE VILLAGE XX
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