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A Veteran Osprey Called "Lady"

Posted by Still Waters , 12 August 2013 · 310 views

For some time now my friend and I have been following the adventures of a remarkable bird, she's a veteran osprey and is known affectionately as "Lady". We've had a few threads about her here posted in the Natural World forum, but I didn't want to bump them up so I've put this in my blog instead.

http://www.unexplain...howtopic=248933

http://www.unexplain...howtopic=224773

Anyway, earlier tonight we were checking up on her at the Loch of the Lowes website -

http://blogs.scottis....org.uk/osprey/

"It seems like only a couple of weeks ago we were welcoming her back in spring, with the whole breeding season ahead of her. She arrived in fine form back on March 30th, to a great welcome for her 23rd year at this nest.She then kept us all waiting an extra week or so for egg laying, then surprised us with a truly remarkable four eggs. She displayed her usual tender and expert parental care and has raised this years chick Blue YZ to fledging as a healthy and very confident young bird who we hope will have every advantage for the journey ahead.

So far in her breeding ‘career’ this remarkable bird has laid 66 eggs and raised 50 chicks to fledging at this nest. She has taught us all so much about osprey behaviour and has surprised us more than a few times, not least when she became so very ill in 2010 and managed to pull through when all the experts had told us to expect the worst."


So it's goodbye once again to this remarkable bird.... Stay safe, fit and strong Lady, we dearly hope to see you back again for your 24th year at the Loch of the Lowes.





Simbi Laveau
Aug 13 2013 09:03 AM
Wow. 23 years... Lady is amazing
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Still Waters
Aug 13 2013 09:58 AM
She really is...wonderful :)
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Star of the Sea
Aug 13 2013 11:17 PM
Aw Lady is a remarkable bird. Thanks Stillwaters as I love to hear how she is going on.
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Still Waters
Aug 14 2013 09:57 AM
Thank you Star of the Sea :)  "Lady" is quite a star herself! I really hope she comes back next year.
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Still Waters
Apr 19 2014 08:17 PM
2014 Update - Lady is back and has laid three eggs.
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Still Waters
May 07 2014 08:15 PM
Some disappointing news today -

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One of the eggs laid by veteran breeding osprey Lady has been stolen by a crow.

The predator struck at the nest maintained by Lady, thought to be the world's oldest breeding raptor, at the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve in Perthshire.
http://www.bbc.co.uk...entral-27315359
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Still Waters
Jun 02 2014 11:35 AM
It doesn't look like Lady's eggs will hatch this year. Disappointing news but she's still a remarkable bird and who knows what next year will bring.

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As the parent of 50 fledged chicks in her breeding career, we can't fault her, and we are all well aware that she has probably already done more than any other single bird to her species recovery in the UK.
http://blogs.scottis....org.uk/osprey/
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