As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

No osprey chicks this year

Although the Wigtown Bay ospreys are back in town, RSPB experts says there will be no chicks this year because the female is too young to breed.

Paul Tarling from the RSPB’s Crook of Baldoon Reserve said a male and a female were in the area, but the female is only 22 months old and female ospreys don’t start breeding until they are three years old.

He said: “At the moment we can’t say if they are nesting or net. They just seem to be hanging out so we will have to wait till next year for more chicks.”

The cameras that monitor the secret breeding site of the ospreys in Wigtown Bay has been hit by lighting and the RSPB are busy making repairs. Those visiting the osprey viewing room at the top of the County Buildings in Wigtown have to content themselves with watching recordings of ospreys from previous years.

http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/local-headlines/no-osprey-chicks-this-year-1-3437946

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