Who’s a pretty os­prey?

Parrot mim­ics bird of prey

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - by carl gav­aghan carl.gav­aghan@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @carl­gav­aghan

A parrot in Scar­bor­ough has be­gun call­ing like an os­prey af­ter its own­ers be­came ad­dicted to on­line footage from a nest in the Scot­tish High­lands.

Sailor is a 24-year-old African grey parrot who lives with Stu­art and Sue Bran­nen in Seamer.She has been mim­ick­ing the hunger call of Aila, a fe­male os­prey whose nest is fit­ted with a cam­era that can be viewed live on­line.

The nest is at Loch Arkaig For­est near Spean Bridge in Lochaber, re­cently pur­chased by Wood­land Trust Scot­land in part­ner­ship with lo­cal group Arkaig Com­mu­nity For­est. The nest cam­era, sup­ported by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery is solar pow­ered and will beam out live footage through­out the sum­mer. The os­prey pair have been named Louis and Aila.

The Bran­nen’s 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. So long as they don’t leave off the cut­tle­fish and de­velop a taste for fresh trout.”


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