After an anxious wait all day, we finally got to see chick number three hatch at approximately 4.53pm – a very welcome sight as it’s been six years since our nest was home to a clutch of three.
Despite a gruelling battle chipping away at the shell for hours, this chick showed great strength as only minutes after first breaking out and whilst still half inside the egg, it began reaching out for fish! We are hoping that with this level of determination it won’t take it long to start competing for food alongside its siblings.
Third chick trying to feed © Scottish Wildlife Trust
We hope you are all enjoying the wonderful views of this new family, and we are looking forward to watching their story unfold.
After an exciting few days at Lowes it looks like the third egg is hatching. At 9.20 this morning staff at Lowes noticed the female was spending a lot of time watching the final egg and upon further inspection a definite hole was seen with a small beak poking out. Keep glued to the webcam for what is sure to be an exciting morning.
Third chick breaking through shell
At approximately 7pm last night, myself and my team were convinced that the smallest of holes could be seen forming in the third egg. However overnight the female did a great job protecting the chicks and egg, preventing any additional glimpses.
All morning, the staff and volunteers at Lowes have been glued to the tv screen, zooming in at every opportunity to check the status of our final egg. We have just captured the following image – is this the beginning of the third egg hatching??? Keep your eyes fixed on the webcam to find out!!
Is this our third egg hatching? © Scottish Wildlife Trust
We are thrilled to report that following another successful hatching this morning, our pair of ospreys now have two hungry mouths to feed. During the earlier hours of this morning, our female again appeared unsettled and was frequently seen listening to the eggs. The nightshift staff had a sneaky suspicion that something was going on, but mirroring the events of the first hatching, little in the way of changes in the egg was observed. But at 8.08am the female carefully stood up and a little chick could be seen lying between two halves of an opened egg shell.
First glimpse of the second chick © Scottish Wildlife Trust
Thankfully both parents appear to be coping well with their expanding family. The female is demonstrating just now delicate ospreys can be, carefully tearing off chunks of fish to feed to her little chicks. The male has also increased his efforts providing multiple fish to the nest today, although he was maybe a little too eager when he appeared with a rather large fish still alive!
Our pair of chicks successfully feeding © Scottish Wildlife Trust
The staff, volunteers and visitors at Loch of the Lowes are over the moon with our osprey’s success so far and are keeping a close eye on the final egg, hoping for a full nest of three out of three!
A second osprey egg has hatched this morning at Loch of the Lowes. The exact timing is to be confirmed, but the chick was first spotted by volunteers at 8:15am. The adult female attempted to feed it almost immediately with a fish saved on the nest from yesterday. A full update will follow later today…
Following the initial wave of excitement as we got the first clear view of our newest arrival, I can now share with you the details that preceded this wonderful sight.
Volunteers last night reported the female looking slightly restless but there was little in the way of the tell-tale egg hatching behaviour. However after 11pm the female looked unsettled and couldn’t seem to get comfortable sitting in the nest. When she stood up at 11.38pm the faintest glimpse of movement was seen and footage suggests this may well have been the first images of the new chick. Another brief definite movement was captured at 12.51am. Subsequently, both birds were incubating well, limiting the viewing opportunities until finally at 8.36am this morning our male stood up to show off his newest offspring.
Whilst both birds seemed a little surprised by their new addition, they appear to be coping well so far. The first real test of parenthood will be providing for and feeding the chick, so we will all be watching carefully for the first fish delivery and the chick’s first meal.