UK Bird News April 2012

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New Forest goshawks lay eggs

New Forest goshawks lay eggs

A pair of goshawks being filmed as part of the Date with Nature project running at the Reptile Centre near Lyndhurst, have now laid five eggs.

The mother is sitting tight and is lucky to have a very attentive male for her partner. Incubation is between 35 and 40 days so the first chicks should appear in early May.

Therasa Paul, project officer for RSPB South East, said: “We didn’t have to wait long for the birds to start producing eggs and it’s fantastic that it’s happened over the Easter holidays when we have lots of visitors.”

“Now we have to be patient and wait for the eggs to hatch. It will be interesting to watch the incubation process over the next month or so and see how involved she’ll let the male be.

“Even if people can’t make it to the Forest they can go online and watch all the action. You can watch recorded highlights and read our blog, so you don’t have to miss a thing.”

Visitors to the centre can watch live footage of the birds in the nest and follow events as the chicks hatch and learn to fly. Staff and volunteers are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the wildlife that lives in the New Forest.

The project, a partnership between the RSPB, the New Forest National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and Carnyx Wild, has already welcomed over 1000 visitors to the Retile Centre since it launched on 31 March.

From June, a pair of Hobbies, which breed later in the season, will take their turn in the limelight. The chicks should hatch in July and fledge in time for people to watch before the project finishes at the beginning of September.

Goshawk Pic: Sergey Yeliseev

Loch Garten Ospreys lay earliest recorded egg

Loch Garten Ospreys lay earliest recorded egg

A family drama is unfolding in the tree tops at RSPB Scotland’s Loch Garten Osprey Centre.

Just a few short weeks since EJ, the female osprey and her partner Odin returned to the Cairngorms, the pair have welcomed their first egg, the earliest since monitoring began in 1959.

However, in a twist more familiar to viewers of the Jeremy Kyle Show than devoted osprey followers, the paternity of the egg is in question.

Another male, Blue XD, has been spotted in the area and timing suggests he may be the father rather than Odin.

Staff, visitors and webcam wildlife watchers alike have been waiting with baited breath to find out if Odin will accept the egg as his own. Early signs point to him settling in for the incubation period and assisting EJ with duties such as incubating the egg when his partner is off the nest and bringing food to the female.

Richard Thaxton, RSPB Scotland’s Loch Garten site manager, said: “Although the paternity of the egg is in question, Odin seems to have accepted it as his own. It will now be up to him to make sure EJ is well fed with fish as she will spend the next 40 days on the nest, then it is just a case of playing the waiting game and seeing what is in store for our ospreys this year.”

Osprey Pic.Alan Vernon

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