Archives for May 2012

Homing in on a summer home

Rothiemurchus has spent much of the last week either in the watershed of the River Spey or Findhorn. He roosted one night at Loch Garten, another beside Loch an Eilein and the last few nights along the upper Findhorn River. In the last few days he visited different ospreys nests at 1pm, 2pm (Red 8T’s nest) and 4pm on 27th May, and nests in Nairnshire and near Inverness at 11am and 4pm on 28th. This is the first time we’ve tracked the searching behaviour of a pre-breeding osprey. We often see ‘intruding ospreys’ visiting occupied and unoccupied nests – it’s well known feature of osprey summers.

May 27th - 30th

May 25th - 27th

All normal

Red 8T ranged for fishing trips within 10 square km, with visits to Rothiemurchus fishery.

Looking after chicks

Beatrice has hatched but as yet we do not know how many young. She had a 2 km flight from the nest at 5pm on 23rd May.

Big flight around Highlands

Foinaven stayed at Coignafearn until 14th and then flew south to Ben A’Bhuird in the Cairngorms on 16th, on 19th flew over Carn Kitty in Moray and west over Dava Moor to Coignafearn on 20th May, but by the evening he had flown north to Ben Hope and Loyal. On 21st was near Strathhalladale, on 21st and 22nd was on the Heights of Knockfin but on 24th flew south to return to Coignafearn

May 14th – 25th

Remains in NW Sutherland

Canisp ranged in the Loch Hope area from 11th to 21st May, and then moved west to Cranstackie to 24th May.

May 14th – 24th

Off to Glen Calvie

Suilven ranged widely around Glen Cassley to 22nd May, when he moved to Strathoykell, and then to south end of Glencalvie.

May 14th – 24th

Flew north to Strathconon

Up to 20th 106 was in north Perthshire and west Aberdeenshire, that day flew north to the Corrieyarrich and on to Strathfarrar on 22nd/23rd, before flying on to Strathconon.

May 14th – 23rd

Back to Perthshire

Fearnan had returned to Loch Rannoch area by 15th May, on 16th flew north to north Perthshire east of Sronphadruig to 23rd May.

May 15th – 23rd

Ranged through the north and to Cape Wrath

On 16th flew north to Achnasheen and then to Glascarnoch area on 18th and 19th, when he flew north to Cape Wrath by late afternoon. Then back on its natal range area and on 22nd off to Ben More Assynt.

May 14th – 24th

No change

Roxy remains within an area of 9 square km

May 14th – 25th