Sad and disappointing new has been reported from Caerlaverock in South West Scotland, where an intruding osprey has caused the loss of a clutch of eggs being incubated at the reserve last week.
At the Caerlaverock osprey nest, everything had been going well with the incubation until Saturday 12th of May when yet another intruder osprey arrived at the nest. It was a bird with a blue ring with white letters on it’s left leg, but the intruder was not positivel identified. It now seems that the eggs have been lost or broken in the fracas that took place on the nest on Saturday with the intruder osprey.
Sadly no incubation has taken place since that day. The resident female is still at the nest all the time but often on the perch on the left of the nest just out of sight of the camera. Male yellow 08 is still bringing in fish for her and we have seen them mating on the nest. Maybe they will try to lay a second clutch of eggs, it is a bit late now but it is still a possibility. Reserve staff will be keeping an eye out and see what happens. Nest quiet most of this morning with the female standing on the edge of the nest calling from12.10 to 12.30pm.
It is also being reported that more ospreys arrived in Scotland last weekend with the SW winds and hopefully that will include the female at nearby Threave Estate NTS. maybe even AW will yet appear and the pair from Wigtown bay in the west of the region.