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Birds are nesting early, according to hidden cameras around the country that show show peregrines and goshawks already on eggs.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have installed hidden cameras across Britain to capture some of the country’s rarest birds and animals throughout the breeding season.
The Date with Nature scheme includes rolling footage of the osprey, ‘EJ’ , which nests at Loch Garten in Scotland every year.
Already her mate ‘Odin’ has visited the nest and the pair are mating with eggs expected soon.
In Manchester, a camera positioned on a skyscraper where a pair of peregrine falcons are nesting, is already showing four red, speckled eggs being incubated by both adults.
There’s also a pair of peregrine falcons with four eggs on Chichester Cathedral, and another two on a clock tower in Cardiff who’ve returned for the fifth year in a row.
It is thought the birds are arriving back from their summer migration in West Africa a little early because of good weather on the journey, that means they have not been delayed. In general birds around the country are nesting on time, according to the RSPB, because of the mild weather.
In Wales a female goshawk is already comfortably sat on two eggs - a week ahead of where she was last year - and in Glaslyn a male osprey turned up nearly two weeks before he was expected.
Following an exhausting migration flight from West Africa a well-know osprey pair named ‘Mrs’ and ‘No-ring’ have been spotted back in the Lake District getting rather friendly in their favourite tree.
Brian Reid, the Date with Nature project manager, said many of the birds appear to be breeding early.
“These early arrivals have been an unexpected but very welcome surprise. Some of these birds return to the same site year in, year out, so they’ve built up quite a fan base.
“Date with Nature events are wonderful ways to introduce people to the wildlife that lives right on their doorstep, giving them intimate glimpses of something they might have otherwise never seen, and helping them to learn about how they can help the RSPB in our mission to save them."
In general birds around the country are nesting on time, according to the RSPB, because of the mild weather.
To keep an eye on the action, visit www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature for a full list of projects and all the latest news.
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