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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 18:53   #1
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UK Ospreys 2005

The first pair of ospreys to arrive arrive back at their nesting site have been reported. Not surprisingly it is the Loch of Lowes pair which traditionally arrive early.

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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 19:08   #2
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The Spey Bay Ospreys should be here any-time now..
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 19:12   #3
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I am really pleased about this, I much prefer the Loch of Lowes to Loch Garten it looks more natural.
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 19:14   #4
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Are the Ospreys expected to be back at Garten when they open on the 1st April?
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 20:10   #5
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I didn't think Loch Garten opened until the end of April so that the birds get chance to settle in (why they do this I don't know)....Go to Loch of the Lowes, as they say there, "We are open whether the Ospreys are here or not". Better viewing as well I find.
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 20:19   #6
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Are the Ospreys expected to be back at Garten when they open on the 1st April?
The first osprey (White EJ) arrived back at Loch Garten on March 26 last year. There then followed an interesting event where White EJ had a bit of fornicating with a male osprey which was later identified as her ex-husband!!

The new husband (Henry) turned up on April 4 and normality was resumed!
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 20:23   #7
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Agree I find Loch of Lowes better viewing and I guess less commercialised than Loch Garten but I guess we all have to make a living and it is put to good use by RSPB. Red squirrel in both areas as well if you are lucky enough to spot them. I could be biased though in that I can get to L. of L. in 90 min or less. Noticed last year that SWT had extended car park and built a marvellous new hide correction 'classroom' so L of L may also get crowded but everyone deserves the chance to see these birds.
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 20:26   #8
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Being based in Nethybridge means Loch Garten is more convenient for us.
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2005, 22:38   #9
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I didn't think Loch Garten opened until the end of April so that the birds get chance to settle in (why they do this I don't know)....Go to Loch of the Lowes, as they say there, "We are open whether the Ospreys are here or not". Better viewing as well I find.
According to the RSPB web site Loch Garten opens early April ! Presume that will be in the first full week?
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Old Wednesday 23rd March 2005, 13:59   #11
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Hi,

As an aside, what's the latest date for Osprey as I'm due @ Loch Garten late September this year - will I be too late ?

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I have this romantic idea that my first passage migrant of the year will be an Osprey!
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Old Wednesday 23rd March 2005, 14:38   #13
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As an aside, what's the latest date for Osprey as I'm due @ Loch Garten late September this year - will I be too late ?

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You may be a little bit late then. My last Osprey last year at Loch Leven was on the 12th September and the 15th the year before.
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Garten visitor centre

The visitor centre at Loch Garten closed on 5th September last year and will probably do so at the same time this year. The ospreys stay around for 1 or 2 weeks more and there are plenty of places to watch for them. Catch them fishing at the Rothiemurchus fishery or at the Insh Marshes. For more info check out -
http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guid...iary/index.asp

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The news has just broken that three ospreys have returned to Rutland Water in the last 24 hours.

That seems good news. Hope all the batchelor males find partners this year!
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The news has just broken that three ospreys have returned to Rutland Water in the last 24 hours.

That seems good news. Hope all the batchelor males find partners this year!
Great news, the spring migration seems to be picking up well, here's to a good easter birding
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The BirdingCumbria newsgroup (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BirdingCumbria/) reports an Osprey heading north over the M6 at Carlisle on 19th March.
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Old Thursday 24th March 2005, 12:38   #18
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Latest news from RSPB at Loch Garten

"Loch Garten Osprey aficionados will recall that EJ arrived on our nest on 25th March last year and on 24th March in 2003. Many prayers have been said across the world for her safe return this year and also that of Henry. Whilst we wait impatiently for the arrival of the first bird on our nest we are grateful to The Highland Foundation for Wildlife for providing us with the following news.

Firstly, we have received confirmation of the first adult osprey back on its nest in the Strath - and it is none other than 'Orange VS' who was observed nest building last Saturday. He obviously took advantage of our 'Indian Summer' last weekend to make excellent progress on his migration. We wish him well in his breeding attempt this year.

Secondly, we are thrilled by the news that in 2004 no less than 184 breeding pairs of ospreys were recorded north of the border. The breeding sites of a number of pairs were not located and it is therefore probable that the total Scottish population is close to 200 pairs. "

Good news for osprey lovers of Strathspey! Look out for more arrivals in the next week or so. I'll be scanning in the area over the next week whilst off work.

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Hi all, out birding on Sat 19th March and watched an Osprey on the river late afternoon between Doune and Callender (nr Stirling) which I thought was very early.

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Ooh I am so glad I logged on. I am an Osprey fanatic getting very broody especially about Henry and EJ any sightings please let me know. Have looked at Loch Garten tonight web camera is up and running but of course it was dark at 8.00 so no pictures. Anyone know how I can read BF and watch webcam at same time? because I know which one will win. Your TV diary might not even get written.

Loch Lowes birds are possibly easier to see if you are up there, but I didn't find their site very user friendly last year no regular updates and camera seemed to far away from nest, I did not get very good pictures.

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Anyone know how I can read BF and watch webcam at same time? because I know which one will win. Your TV diary might not even get written.
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Hi Ann,
The web cam is currently working fine during daylight hours. The easiest way of reading BF and having the webcam running in the background is to use this link http://www.rspb.org.uk/webcams/loch_...reys/index.asp to access the webcam then click on launch viewer and then the birds of prey tab, this will then run and update the webcam while you read BF. Alternativly if you use Mozilla firefox for web access right click on the link and select open in new tab

According to the wardens diary the visitors center will open on the 1st April
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2 Ospreys over Kinross yesterday.
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I have this romantic idea that my first passage migrant of the year will be an Osprey!
I saw my first Osprey of the year at Loch Leven earlier this afternoon. It caught a fish. I finally feel that Spring has sprung.

I was watching the bird at Burleigh Sands which is situated in the NW corner of the loch. It is a good site and I rarely fail to see them during the summer months. I have seen up to 8 together in the Autumn. I recomend the site to visiting birders who are heading north. It is just off the M90. The late afternoons are best.

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An Osprey was spotted at Chew Valley Lake on Saturday, also over Exmoor and Clifton Village, in the centre if Bristol. Could have been the same bird , as these places are not that disparate.
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Are the Ospreys expected to be back at Garten when they open on the 1st April?
EJ is back arrived on Tues evening now we await Henry
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