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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You’ve not heard from us in a while so here we go with a short update of the situation in Loch Garten. The highlight so far is that EJ has finally gone! She was spotted for the last time on the 3rd of August, so after a week we can say for sure that she is definitely gone. Farewell EJ! We wish you a safe travel and favourable winds. We’ll all be waiting for you in March! George has not been seen recently either…not that he’s been seen a lot during the season, but now it seems that he’s gone on migration as well. George, we hope you use well your winter time, and if you come back next season we hope to see an improvement in your fishing skills.
Image 1: Empty osprey nest.
Even though our resident ospreys are gone, we are still spotting ospreys from time to time. Today we saw a male with the blue ring NF2 perching on the camera tree. He stayed there for only five minutes, but it’s good to know that there are still ospreys enjoying this amazing summer.
Image 2: NF2 perching on camera tree.
Although the ospreys are starting to migrate, there are still plenty of things to see around! Last Wednesday we saw a white-tailed eagle! It was a juvenile, and was spotted during the weekly guided walk. We’ve also seen other birds of prey: a few sparrowhawks, buzzards and a kestrel flying around the Osprey Centre. This week has been really good for crested tits as well! They have started to come to our feeders again and we’ve had really nice views of them from the centre. Chaffinches, siskins and tits are still around, both adult and juveniles that have just fledged, all together having a feast. The wood pigeons don’t miss the party either, they are always there making sure they have a place on the feeders. Small frogs, toads and lizards along the path, dragonflies and damselflies on the pond, red squirrels jumping from tree to tree and bank voles running everywhere. The summer is still going on for the wildlife in Abernethy! We hope to see you around!
Image 3: Juvenile buzzard spotted from the Osprey Centre.
thank you Raquel for the 'final roundup' re the nest. Lovely Kestrel picture. I hope the rest of the summser goes well for you all at the VC
The white-tailed eagle must have heard EJ had left and come out of hiding.
Good to see he is still around, having intruded in the area on 22 June. I may have missed the info, but have you heard back from RD or TM on the background of Blue NF2? Hatch details, etc?
A possible sibbling is Blue NF1(16)f who hatched at Loch Fleet, Sutherland, and for the past two years has been seen fishing at Fishlake Meadows.
Chris haha I am always confussed !!!! its the age you know xx
Sorry Valerie...it was a mistype from us. It was Blue NF2 we saw from the centre yesterday. Hopefully you're not confused any more (at least not about this!)
Is it not NF2 seen yesterday ??? both FN2 and NF2 have been seen LG ? I am confused but whats new haha