"Lay, Lady, Lay"

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Yesterday, I drove up to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s reserve at Loch of the Lowes, near Dunkeld, Perthshire, to visit a very remarkable old bird – Lady, the UK’s record-breaking female osprey.

Female ospreys normally live to 8 years of age (perhaps 10yrs, in the wild). At approx. 26 years of age, Lady is the oldest recorded osprey ever in the UK and, probably, the world. She is untagged, but can be identified by a unique “keyhole” shape on the iris of one of her eyes. This is now her 21st consecutive summer at Loch of the Lowes, during which time she has laid 58 eggs and fledged 48 chicks. Disaster loomed in June last year, however, when she was struck down by a mystery illness, which left her unable to feed, drink and tend to the chicks. People all over the world watched, helplessly, as she detiorated almost to the point of death. Her mate, known as Laird (official “name” 7Y, from his tag), took over the rearing of the chicks until, at the last minute, Lady made a remarkable recovery. As she set off on her 3000-mile long migration to West Africa last Autumn, it was feared that she would be too old and weak to survive the trip, and would never return. On 28 March, however, Lady landed back at the Loch, followed, on 3 April, by Laird!

The eyrie is 150 metres from the hide and SWT visitor centre. Upon her arrival, Lady had begun tidying it up and adding some new material. Following Laird’s arrival, the pair had mated, and, on 13 April, Lady laid her first egg of the season – her 59th in total.

Lady made a brief appearance, as she stood up and stretched her 6ft wingspan. A male osprey (Laird?) could be seen far out across the loch. He caught a fish, and took it up into a silver birch tree to eat. The two birds could be heard calling to each other from time to time, but he never offered to take a piece of his catch to her.

Suddenly, news reached the hide that it looked as if Lady might be about to produce her 60th egg, and so I headed to the centre to watch, with everyone else present, the live coverage from the eyrie (which now has a diameter the same as a double bed) on a large screen…………………………….

Lady

Everyone watched, transfixed, Lady’s heavy breathing and muscular contractions, as the egg passed down the “birthing” canal. Lady glanced around, now and again, as if to make sure that she was safe in this vulnerable state. The silence in the room was “deafening”.

Suddenly, she stopped moving, and stood up, to reveal her two eggs, the latest one (no.60) on the left. Incidentally, these two eggs were laid on exactly the same dates as last year! This means that, if Lady is to lay a third one, it will be due on Easter Monday (25 April).

Everyone spontaneously burst into applause and cheers, and the official time of laying, 14.16hrs, was added to the noticeboard. If the premises had a bar, I swear, we would all have been up at it, raising a toast! Lady, meantime, was cleaning the new egg with her beak, and gently turning both eggs with her powerful talons.

Laird soon arrived with some food, but Lady ignored it.

He flew off, but returned very shortly afterwards, to take a turn of incubating the eggs. He carefully got into position behind Lady, who left the eyrie, possibly to catch her own fish.

After a short inspection of the eggs, he settled down on them, looking every inch a proud father-to-be.

Osprey eggs take approx. 6 weeks to hatch, so I shall be dropping in via the reserve’s webcam as often as possible. to keep updated.

http://www.swt.org.uk/wildlife/webcams/loch-of-lowes/

I shall, of course, be back there, to see any chicks, and follow their development, as well as to see my ( and many others’) favourite grande dame – Lady of the Loch.

:-))

Osprey eggs, from a display in the visitor centre

19th April 2011

At 19.15 hrs today, Lady laid her 3rd egg of the season, bringing her grand total to 61.

27 April 2011

You can now view the webcam’s live coverage of lady laying her 60th egg on YouTube, at:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxdORaWVk2s

There are, in addition, a great many important events in the lives of Lady and Laird to be viewed on that site. Enjoy!

8 May 2011

Have just finished reading a lovely little book – a kind of “biography” of Lady and Laird. Concentrates, mainly on the seasons of 2009 and 2010, and contains lots of general Osprey info, including history and distribution. Has a good index for “further reading”, as well as links to websites the world over. This book was published just a month or two ago, does not dwell too much on Lady’s feared iminent death last June, and ends with the realisation that she, Laird, and their two chicks, have finally departed for W. Africa. At the time, experts gave the very aged Lady a 50/50% chance of making the trip there, or even back here – but we know different, now, of course!!

Given that Lady laid her first 2 eggs this year on the exact same dates as last year, the estimated time of first hatching will be 20th May, less than 2 weeks from now. So, not long from now, and, oh, how I hope that those eggs are viable!!!!!!!!

22 May 2011

Well the 20th came and went, as did the 21st and 22nd, and no hatching yet. My frustration (along with a great many others, I presume) has been compounded by the fact that the webcam has been down for a few days, but now working again.

The staff have been marvellous, posting extra blogs to keep us apace with developments. Alas, important Day 39 (today) has gone by, without a chick emerging. With the usual range from egg-laying to hatching being 35-39 days, and the average, therefore, being day 37, the chances decline. The staff are being upbeat, however (as would I), by saying that up to 42 days is wholly feasible, but, at the same time, reminding us of the wonderful Lady’s advanced years (approx. 26). Still hoping for a little miracle (well, she did show us a major one last summer).

7 June 2011

Sad (but not wholly unexpected) news from the staff at Loch of the Lowes today. They now think it very unlikely that any of Lady’s eggs will hatch now, at this late date. Possible reasons for this failure are thought to be Lady’s advanced age, and, also, the very bad spell of weather recently. This is also bad news for the planned satellite tracking of the chicks, which will have to be placed on hold. Here are two links, the first to today’s press release, and the second to today’s blogpost from the reserve:-

http://www.swt.org.uk/news/oldest-ospreys-eggs-fail-to-hatch/

http://blogs.swt.org.uk/osprey/

Comments

17 Apr, 2011
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robashfield said:

Absolutely fantastic David.Thank you very much for this informative blog, very interesting.It is something that most of us would not be able to witness.Please keep us all informed about the eggs.Once again,thank you.

17 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Words fail me David. As you know I have been agonising over Lady since she left the country and never expected her to return. Thank you so much for this remarkable blog...you must have felt proud and priviliged to have witnessed this egg laying...know I would have been.Looking forward to following her progress through this blog and the link too. Just cracked open a bottle of wine and raise a toast to Lady and her Laird.Cheers !!!!

17 Apr, 2011
Dscf1248

What a wonderful & exciting Blog David....Wonderful tale of the Osprey Lady & her partner Laird ~ 26 years old it has got to be
a record..What a lovely old lady & still laying eggs!!
I am so glad that she beat her mystery illness..
I do love the way the male, have their share in rearing the chicks
how caring they both are to their young ~ Cannot wait to see
her chicks, i am really looking forward to it....A wonderful Easter
surprise!! Thanks for sharing this great blog with us David...I
really enjoyed the pics... Especially, of Lady & her newly laid eggs
the expressions on her dear, face did not look that happy...lol
Once again, great blog & pics....

17 Apr, 2011
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littlewren said:

fantastic David.I have been there and watched the ospreys on the screen....I also used to follow on the web cam until for some reason I couldnt get it anymore....Fantastic to watch.....thanks for sharing this

17 Apr, 2011
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littlewren said:

just logged onto your link and chuffed to get the live web cam...you can even see her moving in the nest in the dark.....thanks again

17 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Me too Littlewren !! Isnt it brilliant..cannot thank you enough for this David...

17 Apr, 2011
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littlewren said:

enjoy Jane...I had forgotten all about it...it is a remarkable web cam to watch....and if you go to Scotland the reserve is a beautiful place to visit....in fact I feel a break coming on....lol

17 Apr, 2011
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littlewren said:

I think it was at another reserve in Scotland the young osprey were tagged and tracked on google...exciting but not a happy ending....these birds are amazing the miles they travel

17 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

I agree Littlewren..intend to track Ladys progress this year..she is a star !!

17 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

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18 Apr, 2011
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muddywalters said:

David, what a wonderful blog and what an experience that must have been. I've added the webcam link to my favourites.

18 Apr, 2011
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david said:

Many Thanks, folks, for your great comments. I shall add any updates here as/if they happen. Wine, Jane?? I "celebrated" with a fish supper, lol!! It is some face, Freesia, lol!

Glad that you have the webcam up and running, again, Lw, and that you have found it now, too, Muddy. :-)

18 Apr, 2011
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aster said:

Me too David,thanks for this wonderful blog. What a fantastic day for you.
Lady has made such a contribution to osprey numbers,what a legend :)

18 Apr, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Brilliant news David and thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to share this with us.A truly remarkable lady indeed who almost single handedly seems to have re - populated the UK with these magnificent birds.

Chris Packham has a new wildlife series on TV and last week featured Ospreys although have seen them at Boat of Garten never seen them fishing first hand .

A wonderful spectacle and fantastic that they are close to you.
A fish supper is the only way to celebrate and sure Lady would approve ! Thanks again look forward to further updates.

18 Apr, 2011
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david said:

You're very welcome, Aster and Bb. Have just been viewing via the reserve's webcam, whci gives very good images and sound, even after dark. Lady just got off the eggs for a stretch and toilet break, allowing a great view of the 2 eggs.

What day and channel is the series on, Bb? I'd like to record it for some leisurely viewing some day.

18 Apr, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

BBC2 8pm Thursdays David part 2 of 4 so last weeks should still be on BBC iplayer.

18 Apr, 2011
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david said:

Many Thanks for that, Bb. Have set up now to record the whole series. :-)

21 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Will look forward to the updates here David.She is a wonderful bird and can just imaginge the excitement now she is sitting. Again...many thanks for this wonderful blog..was going to nominate for Birding days out but see its already there ! Lol

21 Apr, 2011
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david said:

:-)) First update has been added, above, to this blog. Lady has laid her 3rd egg!

21 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

HURRAH !!! Will be raising a glass to her tonight David !! Brilliant news ! :o)))

21 Apr, 2011
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david said:

Cheers, Jane! Not long in from work, so shall join you in raising a toast! :-))

21 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Heck David..on my third glass..so a big cheers from me.What a Lady !! This news has made my week !

21 Apr, 2011
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david said:

Glad to bring good tidings, Jane. :-)) I saw the 3 eggs via the webcam, when Lady stood up to stretch her legs. Wonderful! If those eggs are fertile, and all hatch, I shall be looking for the "Heck" to be replaced by "Hic" as, if there are chicks, there are plans to tag at least one of them. This plan had to be abandoned last year, due to Lady's illness, as it was thought that the stress would have, definitely, killed her. So, a waitng game begins.....................

22 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Fingers crossed all goes according to plan David.....the wine is on ice at the ready...lol..:o))

25 Apr, 2011
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david said:

You are well ahead of me, Jane :-))

26 Apr, 2011
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aster said:

I just saw the 3 eggs, Lady must have been away feeding. She returned at 8.49pm and settled to warm them :)

27 Apr, 2011
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littlewren said:

Just seen the "shift change" what a privilege to see her fly off and her man gently touch the eggs with his talons before easing himself down....my fav.word.....beautiful

27 Apr, 2011
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david said:

I'm dropping into the webcam as often as I can, too! Have just added an update to this blog, to provide a link to the live coverage of lady laying her 60th egg, as watched by myself at the reserve's visitor centre. The SWT has posted many of the important events in the lives of Lady and her Laird on YouTube, so there is plenty of wonderful scenes to watch.

2 May, 2011
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jane said:

Many thanks for this update David...and the youtube link...which I have just watched ! lovely to see and I too will be following the webcam.Thats brilliant Aster and Littlewren....what a tender moment at "shift change"...just wonderful.:o))

8 May, 2011
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david said:

The shift changes are gr8 to see, if you just happen to be watching at the time, aren't they?

Have just added an update re a book about Lady I have recently bought and read, as well as estimated time of hatching of the first chick this year. :-))

8 May, 2011
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jane said:

Thanks for the update David..this is great news ! Will be following every step of the way.What a truly wonderful Lady...and Laird..of course !!

9 May, 2011
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david said:

Everything which can be crossed is, Jane. Not too long to wait, now. Did you get your book, yet?

9 May, 2011
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jane said:

Picking it up tomorrow David !! Looking forward to a good read !!

11 May, 2011
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david said:

Hope you got your copy, Jane - Happy Reading! :-D)

14 May, 2011
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jane said:

Thank you David:o)))

22 May, 2011
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david said:

Hope you enjoyed the book, Jane. ;-)

New update posted on this blog, but not time, yet, to pop any corks, alas.

22 May, 2011
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jane said:

Give her time David..she knows what she is doing and Im optimistic ..:o))

23 May, 2011
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david said:

After today, with the awful rain and gales, I agree, Jane. Watched the webcam for a while this morning, and the eyrie was swaying wildly. Lady was not at all perturbed, of course, despite being drenched and head feathers looking like a bad hair day. Today's blogpost from the reserve says that 42 days' incubation is fairly normal for her. :-))

24 May, 2011
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jane said:

She is a star David ! Many birds would have baulked but she stood her ground...or should I say sat it out ! All the very best to her and I hope that the winds ease soon .....

28 May, 2011
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jane said:

Just managed to get into the website David to see the blog post of 27th....seems a little anxiety creeping in now but fingers crossed....

28 May, 2011
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aster said:

I've been looking in occasionally too,seen the changeover a couple of times. So glad the wind has dropped for them.
Whatever the outcome she has done her duty admirably,as you say Jane we all will have fingers crossed :)

30 May, 2011
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david said:

This is becoming a bigger, heart-stopping "cliffhanger" than any book I've read, or any movie I've seen! Checked in via the webcam at 21.15 this evening, to see the eyrie empty, and the 3 eggs lying there in the very cool evening breeze. Dared to think that they had been abandoned but, of course, within the following few minutes, Lady returned, rotated the eggs, carefully, with her talons, then resumed incubation. It is now 41 days since the 3rd egg was laid....................

The weekend weather has been a mixed bag of sunshine, heavy showers and, especially yesterday, more high winds. I wonder whether the weather influences hatching, at all? (me, continuing to be "upbeat"). :-))

30 May, 2011
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jane said:

Have a strong suspicion that Lady knows exactly what she is doing David...and like you Im optimistic.The weather? All over the place and we just go with the flow..strange as it all is. Will be checking out the webcam and blog updates...:o))

7 Jun, 2011
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david said:

Sad news from the reserve today, Jane. Have put an update above. :-((

7 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

how very sad David...have been watching her too....loved the way she was always tidying up the nest.....She is a legend and as Aster said....has done her duty......Bless her ....feel for all involved..

7 Jun, 2011
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aster said:

So sorry to read the update David. How strange she must be feeling. She hasn't been calling as much or tidying has she ?

7 Jun, 2011
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david said:

Last few times I visited the webcam, Aster, was dismayed to see images of the 3 eggs totally unattended, for what seemed like ages. Yes, less attention to housekeeping, but still she turns those eggs and nestles down on them, and Laird showing typical behaviour by still bringing in fresh nest material. I am amazed by those birds' devotion and patience, which would outstrip many a human's.

Of course, Lw, the main thing is that the living, legendary Lady is still here, but must have been very difficult for the expert staff there to release those statements. I doff my cap to them all! For their dedication to bringing us the info, the 24hr webcam coverage/24hr egg guard, etc.

Have picked up on a short phrase that, as Lady performed a "miracle" last summer with her near death experience, that there might be another this year. Alas, I think that this is just grasping at straws,twigs, branches - whatever. I shall keep following the lovely Lady throughout this "summer", however. :-))

8 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

I am finding it too sad to see here sitting there (such a coward)......please keep us updated David..

8 Jun, 2011
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david said:

It is rather sad, Lw, to see her still sitting there, in expectation. Read articles today in several Scottish newspapers on this. :-(

8 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

Thank you David for this update.Sad as it is I feel that Lady has truly "done her bit" to ensure the survival of these wonderful birds...and for this I applaud her.I too will be watching her ..and Lairds progress and I wish them well in the months to come.Lady is...as our kids say..a legend.

8 Jun, 2011
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david said:

I will also be following them, Jane, and will be visiting them at the reserve sometime in the next few weeks, as there is nothing like being there to experience the "atmosphere". Was thinking last night that it this will, perhaps, provide a great insight into what these birds do in the event of no hatching. I see that this was mentioned in today's blog from the reserve, as the webcam provides a great opportunity to see what happens. The "show" ain't over, so long as our glorious Lady sings! :-))

9 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

Hear hear David....she is a true star...:o)))

10 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

I have just logged on to webcam......may be totally wrong here but I thought I saw lady eating one of the eggs??? then sat back down on them.....maybe she was just turning them...

10 Jun, 2011
Dipper
david said:

She must have just been turning them, Lw. You got me "going" there, as thought that she might just have observed/heard something, and begun to chip away at the shell. No change, however, in circumstances, alas!

13 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

Just been watching Lady tonight on one of the few times I have been able to access the webcam David.Sad to see her sitting so tight on her eggs with the wind ruffling her feathers.....talking of which..whatever happened to " Flaming June" ???

13 Jun, 2011
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david said:

It is a bit sad to see her so, Jane, but I still have to watch. Today's blogpost from the reserve says that they may well continue to incubate the eggs for another 4 weeks or so, then leave early on migration. :-(

"Flaming" June, indeed!! Saw some photos in our newspapers from the West of Scotland, where the trees have all assumed their hot Autumn colours, and a great many leaves falling. This has been put down to the gales of a few weeks ago, and the rain. That's about as "hot" as it gets. :-(

14 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

Yes David ..me too....will watch her..its a compulsion in a way though I know deep down the eggs will not hatch..and maybe she does too.
Had a lovely warm day here today but apparently more gales forecast..grr..they are doing more damage than anything..unless you count the lack of substantial rain !! Weird weather....

28 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

Been watching at the weekend David..amazing how they still are incubating after so long..a testiment to their parenting instincts I feel...

29 Jun, 2011
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aster said:

Just back after 2 wks away and I am surprised that the birds are still trying to incubate. I read on the blog though that this is less frequent.
3pm and no bird present. I agree Jane what an instinct !

29 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

I log on daily too and agree about the parenting instincts.....even the male bringing lumps of moss and twigs a metre long....its sad really but one thing Lady will have used up less energy for her long flight home......one tough old bird.....

29 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

Yes Aster and Littlewren...as the kids of today would say "A legend !"

30 Jun, 2011
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david said:

I'm still logging into the webcam from time to time, too, and catching up on a few blogposts at a time. As one said, non-hatching of any eggs will be whole new "ball game" for Lady, as this has never happened to her before. :-(

Yes, the eggs are being left unattended more frequently, and for some lengthy periods, too. Re the continued bringing in of nest material, and the tidying up, I seem to recall reading (perhaps it was in Lady's "biography" book?) that Ospreys have been observed building a "mourning" eyrie, after non-hatching or destruction/stealing of their eggs/chicks. Perhaps this is Lady's and Laird's way of doing so?

Still feeling a bit sad about the turnout of events, but, as the blogposters say, a great insight into the birds' behaviour in such times.

My kids do use the word "legend", Jane, too loosely and frequently, too, lol! Especially since the "legendary" (and, am sure, he is to those in the know, and will, someday be) Tony Hawkes (and almost a bird name, too!) opened the new skateboard/BMX/ roller blading park a couple of weeks ago in our town park, lol!

13 Aug, 2011
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jane said:

David..catching up with Loch of Lowes this evening...see that Lady seems to have now gone as nest empty since 7th August. Must have set off back to Africa...bless her.Wish her well on that long journey which seems likely to be her last..bitter - sweet isnt it. Tell the kids that is one apt use of the word Legend !!!

14 Aug, 2011
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david said:

Yes, Jane, Lady appears to have flown off on migration once again. Will we ever see her again, I wonder? Meant to get back here earlier to say that the 3 eggs were retrieved from the eyrie for examination. Another "bitter-sweet" factor is that the eggs were fertile, and the embryos beginning to form. This means that this grand old bird is still capable of producing young! Further tests are being carried out, the results of which won't be known for some months yet. I'm putting it down to the awful weather, especially the rains and hurricanes in May, which came at such a crucial time for these birds. Will just have to wait until next Spring, once again, to see what happens. Will tell them. :-)

14 Aug, 2011
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aster said:

Such a sad outcome but she has worked so hard. I checked in early August and neither had been on the nest for a while.
Good that the eggs were fertile David but as you say the elements were against them.
I wonder what next spring will bring,Lady returning to the nest or a new female. Hopefully there will be more chicks in this wonderful habitat whatever the outcome :)

14 Aug, 2011
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david said:

Thank You for this, Aster. It will be a miracle, indeed, if Lady returns next year. As you say, however, there will, hopefully, be chicks born there next year. The folks at the reserve deserve to have their chance to tag them, as it will add significantly to our knowledge of these magnificent birds. Last year, Lady's illness put paid to that, and now the eggs failing to hatch this year have delayed the project. Will just have to wait and see. :-)

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EYEBROOK....... A LITTLE HIDDEN GEM.

Wat Tyler Country park, Essex

Hillers in January

Whitacre Heath Nature Reserve, North Warks.

Fishers Green Lee Valley

More from Sunny Martin Mere

Happy New Year to you ALL

The Canadian Regiment at The Battle of Upton Warren 2012.

Martin Mere

Two hours at Hillers

A brilliant birding Sunday

Just a few more fill ins from that Martin Mere trip

West Hagley Falconry

A Morning at Arne

Icy Saturday at Abberton Reservoir

Wonderful mooch around Whitacre Heath reserve

Martin Mere with Psilo 19/02/12

Martin Mere Saturday 25th

More Martin Mere

Not only swans fly at Martin Mere

26th February 2012 - Rousse and Grande Havre, Guernsey

Spring

The family, Black swan

A rare sunny day - part one - "Never shy"

A rare sunny day - part 2 "Once Bittern"

Lady luck and the Golden plovers

Seabird Cities - A Day Out with Guillemots at St Abbs Head

Hillers - South Midlands

On "Seafari"

Easter Date with a Grand Old Lady

A Very Grey Day At Upton Warren

More from Upton Warren

New reserve.

"Langstone Harbour"

A place to go

Upton Warren in the wind and rain.

Chiffs n' Willows

Greylake 12 Apr 2012

Middleton RSPB

Getting bigger

Return to Upton Warren to check the Grebe nest.

A good day out

Hares looking at you...

A must if you are close by

The First Ever RSPB Scottish Birdfair : Part 1

The First Ever RSPB Scottish Birdfair : Part 2

Upton Warren Flashes

Stover park.

Trip to the Yorkshire dales

The Beach (Pt 1 – Offshore)

The Beach (Pt 2 – Onshore)

A must to visit

"Jewel of the Forth"; The Isle of May:- Part One - "Treasure or Terror Island?"

"Jewel of the Forth"; The Isle of May:- Part Two - A Picnic with Puffins

"Jewel of the Forth"; The Isle of May:- Part Three - "In the Court of the Cliffdwellers"

change of habitat

Argaty Airshow

The Eyes have It

Trip to the coast

New Hide at Upton Warren

Upton Warren

This little Pinkie went to Martin Mere.

They're Back!

Spinnies Bird Hide Bangor

A Rare Sight

Upton Warren

WWT Arundel

Water Rail

Kestrel at Croxall Nature Reserve.

Greylake

A day in the woods (Pt I)

A day in the woods (Pt II)

High Tide at RSPB Marshside (Southport)

Not really Siberia

A good week

Hold on to your hats

Deeping Nature Reserve

The eagle has landed

Message for Mr Potter

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, West Lancs

Middleton RSPB ......Again!

Deeping Nature reserve last Sunday

Rainham Marsh RSPB

Farlington Marshes

Hayling oysterbeds

A walk in Picardy

A wet morning at Rainham Marshes.

Le Teich, Gironde

Milvus milvus - A feast

EEL !!! regret meeting this bird

York Falconry centre

Farlington Marshes

Big Waters Nature Reserve.

Rising Sun Nature Reserve

Come walk with me

Come walk again

Come walk a little more

NORTH CAVE (YWT) Gravel Pits 1-Apr

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