This blog is written by Abernethy staff throughout the changing seasons here on the reserve.
During summer it's likely there'll be more frequent blogs as the ospreys return to breed at the Loch Garten nest and the drama unfolds.
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It's been a busy morning here at the osprey centre, with my questionable camera skills put to the test. There have been two intruding ospreys: one male (PP7 aka Cromarty) and one female (unringed). You may remember PP7 from last year: he was the male that was around when Odin disappeared, so it is interesting to see him around again. Notice the satellite tracker on his back: this no longer works but helps us to identify that it is indeed Cromarty.
The female is unringed and so we are unsure of where she has come from but they were flying around together, sat on the camera tree together and were even cheeky enough to sit on the nest together before EJ saw them off:
However, Cromarty came back around half an hour later on his own, just circling above the nest, while EJ stayed on the fish perch mantling. Our EJ has settled down now to continue eating her fish after a busy morning defending her nest. Through all of this drama, EJ held on to her fish: nothing comes between EJ and her food.
Stay tuned for more,
The one thing that EJ needs is a partner that arrives early. From what we know of Cromarty he is an extremely tardy osprey. As a three year old he only started his migration north after the breeding season had already finished.
I cannot see how EJ or indeed any other osprey being successful in breeding with Cromarty.
Oh, I so hope Cromarty isn't too attached to this unringed female. He'd make a simply spendid mate for EJ. So, I shall hope for him to Oust GJ for good and bring EJ a fish to show his respect. GJ had no repect for our precios girl.
Many thanks Lorna. Great to hear that PP7 is still around... well, sort of, mixed feelings given the events last year! The female is very dark. Every time we have unringed intruders my mind goes back to 2010 and I wonder whether at last we have a returning chick! Well done EJ for defending and holding on her to fish. Talk about multi-tasking. She was back on the Love Tree perch at 16.35, possibly having her delayed breakfast!
Thank you Lorna, I'm delighted to read the Cromarty is ok, was wondering about him the other day!
Thanks for the update Lorna, as you say nowt comes between EJ and her fish! Hope PP7 and other have left now, and that there will be no more intruding.
Thank you, Lorna, that's very helpful - the unringed female is quite heavily marked, as far as I've seen with half an eye. Now to focus 2 whole eyes on the subject ;)