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A Third Osprey Egg Laid at Loch of the Lowes

Female osprey NC0 has laid a full clutch of three eggs at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve in Perthshire. The third egg was laid at 12:14pm on Monday 18th of April.

This exciting moment came after a thrilling morning for osprey watchers, which saw a male and a female osprey intruding on the nest for the second time. With the female landed on the nest twice, while visitors to the reserve witnessed a spectacular chases, as resident male osprey LM12 defended his territory.

The Trust’s Perthshire Ranger Sara Rasmussen said: “It’s great to see NC0 successfully lay three eggs and it seems very fitting that the last one arrived on Easter Monday. We’re now looking forward to seeing the tiny chicks start hatching out in a few weeks’ time.

“This is a critical time in the season. These eggs need to be kept warm to ensure the survival of the chicks. We will see NC0 incubating her eggs almost constantly, except for brief periods when she takes a break to eat the fish that LM12 brings her.”

NC0 laid her eggs on 12, 15 and 18 April. Osprey eggs are incubated for 5-6 weeks until they hatch. Eggs hatch around 1-2 days apart; in the order they were laid.

To see the second egg and the first invasion attempt at NC0 and LM12’s nest https://www.heartland.scot/news/local/second-osprey-egg-laid-at-loch-of-the-lowes/

You can keep up with the latest on the osprey by watching the live camera.

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