Spean Bridge

The Oban Times - - Districts -

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.

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