A PARROT in Yorkshire has begun calling like an osprey after its owners became addicted to online footage from a nest in the Scottish Highlands.
Sailor, a 24-year- old African grey parrot, lives with Stuart and Sue Brannen in Seamer just outside Scarborough.
She has been mimicking the hunger call of Aila, a female osprey whose nest is at Loch Arkaig Forest near Spean Bridge. The Brannens have been glued to the drama. ‘ We both have tablets and it has been riveting to watch Louis and Aila the osprey pair in Scotland,’ said Stuart, 70, who is a retired merchant seaman.
‘We have had the website on so much Sailor has started to mimic the pleading cry Aila makes when she wants Louis to feed her. It is remarkable. If you are in the other room you can’t tell if it is the osprey or the parrot making the noise.’
George Anderson of Woodland Trust Scotland said: ‘It seems our nest cam has brought a real call of the wild into people’s homes.
‘Aside from Sailor, we have heard there is a budgie somewhere which also thinks it’s an osprey now.’
It has been a dramatic week at the nest, two chicks hatched over the weekend but one did not survive. Then the third and final egg hatched but again the chick died. However, the remaining chick is doing well.