Osprey egg wait over at Loch of the Lowes

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Me­lanie Bonn

Dunkeld’s breed­ing os­preys at Loch of the Lowes have their first egg - and an­other one was ex­pected last night af­ter the PA went to print.

Huge re­lief fol­lows the first sign that the re­turn­ing pair were set­tling into their breed­ing cy­cle as the first egg ar­rived on Satur­day, a full week af­ter ex­pec­ta­tions from the Scot­tish Wildlife Trust (SWT) who guard the nest site.

“We’re de­lighted to have our first egg of the sea­son,”said Emma Cas­tle-Smith, as­sis­tant vis­i­tor cen­tre man­ager.

“LF15 [the fe­male osprey] gave us a glimpse of the egg at around 3.45 this [Satur­day] morn­ing.”

Breed­ing part­ner, male osprey LM12, brought a fish back to the nest when day broke and took over in­cu­ba­tion du­ties for a short time while LF15 ate some food.

Emma had been con­cerned things were not pro­gress­ing as the first egg had been pre­dicted for Satur­day, April 7 but there was still no show un­til seven days later.

She ad­mit­ted the week’s wait had been an anx­ious one for her as this is her first sea­son in charge of the SWT vis­i­tor at­trac­tion, which has its for­tunes in terms of vis­i­tors strongly cor­re­lated to the pres­ence of an osprey fam­ily.

Yes­ter­day Emma ad­vised that eggs tend to be laid at night and there could be a sec­ond in the nest by Tues­day morn­ing.

It will be all go from here on, with osprey eggs tak­ing an av­er­age of 37 days to hatch, so the Loch of the Lowes re­serve could have chicks by mid-late May.

Fe­male LF15 with her first egg. Pic by SWT

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