Who’s a pretty osprey?
Parrot mimics bird of prey
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.”