The three young ospreys may have fledged but they are continuing to provide great entertainment for visitors to Loch of the Lowes.
Not only do they perch around the trees opposite the hides and fly back and forth to the nest (giving superb views) but they are also honing their fishing skills. We do not expect them to actually catch a fish at this point, but it is a rare sight to watch them splashing into the water before spreading their wings and soaring up into the air again.
The adult female joined the chicks for a while on the nest today when a fish was delivered. She sat quietly at the edge of the nest for a while then suddenly grabbed it from the fledgling and tucked into it herself. She will be building herself up for leaving on her migration south soon. Whether, like our previous female, she sets off within the first week or so of August, or stays longer, only time will tell.
In the meantime, if you are in the area, now is the time to see 5 ospreys up and flying! A fabulous sight!
Added to this, we are delighted to see at least 7 different red squirrels coming into the feeders at the moment. The weather may be lousy but the wildlife is as amazing as ever.
Just an extra note to say that we have an overflowing box of Lost Property. Have you been up to Lowes and are now missing a lens cap, child’s jacket, spectacles, hat … ? We have a large selection!
Visitor Centre Assistant