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« Reply #120 on: 11-Aug-13, 10:34:29 AM »

Love how she leaves and let's dad do the rest! Be well Fair Lady and SEE you next year!

OH, yes!!! What a girl!!! Fare thee well, Lady!

The  star Lady  star is royalty as far as I'm concerned and I look forward to her return!  heart

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« Reply #121 on: 30-Aug-13, 08:45:52 AM »

Osprey Diary Thurs 29th August
Posted on August 29, 2013 by rangeremma
Not a lot of action on the osprey nest today – in fact we spent most of the morning watching the flies on a rather unsavoury left over fish tail in the nest! This in itself is a good sign though- it means neither of our two remaining ospreys are going hungry, or they’d have been back for it, flies not withstanding. The adult male did bring a fish in for our chick Blue YZ this afternoon so we know she isn’t too  hungry.

Q: Why do ospreys sometimes eat the fish tails and sometimes not?

A: It depends on how hungry they are, and the type of fish ( some  have larger stiffer tails). I have found a pile of fish tails below an ospreys favourite feeding perch before, and at Loch of the Lowes, most nights a fox wanders past the base of the  nest tree looking for any dropped tidbits.

Q: Do ospreys produce pellets like owls?

A: Great question! All raptors ( birds of prey) and many other predatory or scavenger birds ( like large gulls and Skuas) all produce pellets. These are regurgitated  inedible remains of their prey, such  as fur, hair, bones and beaks. As ospreys only eat fish, and fish scales are digestible and their  bones are cartilaginous ( rubbery) and easy to digest, they do not need to produce pellets.

Q: How long does an osprey take to kill a fish and how is it done?

A: This depends on the birds catching technique. Sometimes, if the bird gets a good hold on the fish in the water , it can pierce the fish’s brain or vital organs with its talons and it dies almost instantly. If not, it often quickly suffocates when it is taken from the water, as the bird carries it away. Occasionally if the bird returns to a nearby nest quickly, the fish will still be alive, and we have all seen this on the Lowes nest. In this case, the osprey invariably start eating the head first so this quickly kills the fish.

And the BIG question of the week…..

Q: How much longer will the ospreys be at Loch of the Lowes this year?

A: We don;t know exactly as every year their leaving date is a little different. Most often they leave around the end of August, or the first week of September, We have had juveniles still here into the second or even third week of September but this is less common. It can be influenced hugely by weather- a good northerly breeze and high  pressure are ideal for southwards migrations so check your weather forecast!

My advice is that if you wish to see the ospreys this season, come and visit Loch of the Lowes this weekend and wish them safe journeys!


The 2 juvies from the other nest


http://www.strathspey-herald.co.uk/News/Loch-Garten-ospreys-on-their-way-to-sunnier-climes-28082013.htm  The other 2 juvies from the Loch Garden have gone, both with transmitters and you can track them.  Story here
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« Reply #122 on: 30-Aug-13, 12:11:09 PM »

Thanks for keeping the story going, Donna. A wonderful saga.
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« Reply #123 on: 06-Sep-13, 07:11:12 PM »

Blue YZ is on her way!

http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/2013/09/06/blue-yz-on-her-way/
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« Reply #124 on: 06-Sep-13, 07:45:59 PM »


Safe travels YZ!  wave
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« Reply #125 on: 19-Sep-13, 07:31:25 AM »

Yes Blue YZ is still in Spain, the latest data shows she’s been moving between the same three sites, Embalse (reservoir) de Piedras, the unnamed loch nearby and Represa (dam) del Almendro. So now it’s a waiting game, is she having a stopover like her brother Blue 44 did in France or is she preparing herself to move onto Africa or has she found her winter roost we’ll just have to wait and see. The latest satellite tracking data will be up on the site in an hour or so.

 
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« Reply #126 on: 12-Oct-13, 12:38:03 PM »

Satellite Tracking Udpate: Still Going Strong
Posted on October 11, 2013 by rangeremma

Blue YZ is still going strong on her perilous migration. As of yesterday she was in northern Mali, and was finally starting to make a turn south west towards the coast.


http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/2013/10/11/satellite-tracking-udpate-still-going-strong/

Oct. 12th
As promised, updates on news of our young satellite tracked osprey as soon as we have them. We too are on the edges of our seats waiting for each new set of data to see how our youngster is fairing.

As of 9pm last night ( Friday) she was in central Mauritania,  still following her SW or SSW trajectory. She is still flying well, at a fairly normal speed, and making good long flights.



http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/2013/10/12/blue-yz-the-latest-news/

So far, so good!    thumbsup










 


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« Reply #127 on: 19-Oct-13, 12:32:06 PM »

Osprey satellite tracking update:

http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/2013/10/19/osprey-satellite-tracking-update-19th-october/
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« Reply #128 on: 20-Oct-13, 12:46:53 PM »


Thanks, Kris! I have been greatly remiss in checking this site!
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« Reply #129 on: 25-Oct-13, 10:19:11 PM »

She made it!  2thumbsup

http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/2013/10/21/news-update-shes-made-it-21st-october/

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« Reply #130 on: 25-Oct-13, 10:46:24 PM »

That's great! Thanks!   heart
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« Reply #131 on: 26-Oct-13, 11:17:58 AM »

It's amazing to think of Osprey flying over the Sahara.

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« Reply #132 on: 26-Oct-13, 09:50:12 PM »

It's amazing to think of Osprey flying over the Sahara.

Paul

Yeah, no kidding Paul!  surprise
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« Reply #133 on: 27-Oct-13, 09:24:42 AM »

Our two young birds in Africa continue to do well and are sending us fascinating information regularly. Their  transmitter tags are programmed to collect location information every hour , where available, and then transmit that info  to the satellite at set intervals: during peak migration, every 2 days, but as of next week, every four days. So don’t worry if you haven’t heard any news of Blue YZ and Blue YD for a few days- we will continue to give you the latest news as soon as we have it.

http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/2013/10/27/osprey-satellite-tracking-update-27th-october/


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« Reply #134 on: 20-Nov-13, 07:24:25 AM »

Grave concerns for Blue YZ.  Sad

http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/2013/11/19/grave-concerns-for-blue-yz/
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