First osprey chick of season hatches at Loch Arkaig

It is hoped more of the eggs will hatch. Photograph: WTML NO F23 osprey chick

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The first osprey chick of the season has hatched at Woodland Trust Scotland’s Loch Arkaig pine forest in Lochaber.

Chick number one began emerging from its egg at 3pm on Friday and viewers of the Trust’s osprey camera caught their first glimpse at 8am on Saturday.

Jill Donnachie, of Woodland Trust Scotland, said with three eggs originally laid, the hope is the coming few days will see the chick joined by a brother or sister.

‘Parents Louis and Aila are now in their third nesting season and are shaping up to be fantastic parents,’ commented Ms Donnachie.

‘They raised their first chick, Lachlan, in 2017. Last year their clutch of three eggs was taken by a pine marten. This year they have come through a turf-war with tawny owls nesting nearby.

‘The owls were diving at the osprey nest almost nightly for a few weeks. That all eased off eventually. We think the owl chicks may have fledged so the parents are no longer so anxious about having such large neighbours.’

Louis and Aila have also had to contend with fierce wind and rain in Lochaber last week but they have remained attentive with their incubation.

Ms Donnachie added: ‘It’s a delight to observe their often comical altercations involving large sticks. We look forward to watching their next few weeks of parenthood unfold.’