A family of osprey chicks that have been entertaining visitors to the David Marshall Lodge at Aberfoyle this summer have finally flown the nest.
The three birds, named Jemima, Fred and Ozzy, will now spend their first few weeks learning to fish in the Trossachs’ many lochs and rivers, before starting the 3000-mile migration to West Africa.
Robert Fraser-Binns, the Information and Education Officer for Forestry Commission Scotland and RSPB Scotland, said: “We’ve had a really incredible season so far with the ospreys. Our first nest failed after a bit of a fight broke out between rival males, so we had to move to a back up nest. That, thank goodness, has been a big success and all three chicks have now fledged; an incredible result!
“We ran a competition to name the chicks, and the suggestions came pouring in, with over 250 entries. Since the chicks were ringed as well, we’ll hopefully be able to catch up with them again in future years if they return to nest in this area.”
The chicks have already managed to create a drama of their own, when one of them took its first flight right on top of the camera that’s been recording the intimate details of their lives so far. The camera ended up facing the forest floor, until a qualified staff member could scale the tree and right it again.
If you’ve missed all the action so far, then recorded footage of the osprey chicks from hatching to fledging will be showing at the David Marshall Lodge through the autumn and winter. There’s also plenty of live excitement with CCTV close-ups of red squirrels and woodland birds on nearby feeders.
The wild soap opera can be viewed every day at the David Marshall Lodge, from 10am – 6pm. Entry is free, though there is a small charge for parking. For more information, contact 01877 382 258.