Successful osprey ringing at Threave

The birds were ringed quickly and efficiently
The birds were ringed quickly and efficiently

A speedy manoeuvre was carried out by the National Trust for Scotland team caring for the osprey chicks at Threave Estate near Castle Douglas to ring the chicks born earlier this year.

Two rings were attached to the birds, both believed to be females, in an operation that took only minutes.

The ringer, Ciril Ostroznik, climbed the trees and bagged both chicks who were then carefully lowered to the ground. He and head ranger, Karl Munday, then quickly ringed, measured and weighed them. They were returned to the nest immediately to cause as little distress as possible to the birds and their parents.

Karl said: “Both of the chicks were pretty lively and had to be held firmly. One in particular was looking to make a run for it. We were delighted that both birds looked in good condition.”

The female adult, Olivia, came back to the nest a short time after the work had been completed. It’s thought the chickswill fledge very soon and fly the nest.

Two rings are fitted to each bird – one a silver detail identification ring, and a blue Darvic ring which makes visual spotting easier. The team at Threave have been busy celebrating the return of the ospreys, and are delighted that the chicks can now be added to the register of this rare and much loved species.

Work with them at the Estate began back in 2007 and since then there have been successful breeding pairs making annual visits. Dedicated volunteers now support the NTS team in ensuring the safety of these important visitors.