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As members of the National Trust for Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Team, we manage properties across Dumfries and Galloway, including Threave Estate and Nature Reserve; Rockcliffe Property; Venniehill; The Murray's Isles and Bruce's Stone. Our task is to conserve and maintain the variety of habitats and species present, at the same time managing the sites for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

21 June 2013

Threave Osprey Update

Exciting times at the Threave Osprey nest. Yesterday we had a third osprey around the nest site for about one hour. Ozzie (Black 80) chased it off numerous times but it kept coming back in to the vicinity of the nest site.

Finally after numerous attempts, Ozzie chased the intruder off completely out of site. He then flew back and perched on the nest next to Olivia (Female blue?) as if to say "Its alright love, its gone now!"

Osprey flying in to nest site with fish. Image by Graham Johnstone.

Today the volunteers had some excellent views of Olivia feeding the chick. It could be a possibility we have two chicks, but we have only see one at a time and it is so hard to tell from 350 metres away. Plus the fact, Ozzie has been building up the nest. Hopefully we will be able to tell for sure in the next few days to a week. It just shows how valuable a nest camera would be. We will have to try and get donations for next year.

A kingfisher flew past the osprey platform today and someone saw it perched near the river. Also a female mallard with 4 ducklings floated past the platform. Great to see!

Come see the swallows nesting in the barn toilets, they are soon to fledge. It is great to watch the chicks beeing fed regularly.

Have a good weekend.

Over and out - Osprey Ranger

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