Is there or isn’t there???

Mrs YA looks down into the egg cup as YA watches on (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs YA looks down into the egg cup as YA watches on
(c) Forestry Commission

It is still very difficult to tell if there are chicks on Nest 1. Mrs YA (usually) is  sitting fairly low most of the time. The weather was damp and misty early on Wednesday, so no surprise she was tight over the egg cup for that spell. But later it was sunny yet she was in similar mode. In the first few days the tiny chicks need protection from the elements plus if she laid three eggs they may not all have hatched at this stage. So inconclusive!

There's something there... (c) Forestry Commission

There’s something there…
(c) Forestry Commission

At about 14.30 and for a few minutes afterwards she was definitely checking something in the nest. She could have been feeding a chick but it was impossible to tell from the ‘long view’ camera. YA had been quite high in a tree behind the nest, but he came lower down and was watching. A chick hatching, a chick feeding? We’ll never know, but one or the other almost certainly.

On Nest 2 really sizeable fish are being dropped off by 37, and then off he goes for a stick! What a busy osprey! The chicks have barely managed to digest their last meal before they are into action again. The crops are bulging within a few more morsels and they flop down, sated.

There was another incident at Nest 2 today with an intruder osprey low over the nest. Loch of the Lowes reported a couple of intruder ospreys too. As their report says, more a nuisance than a threat when there are chicks in the nest. Click on any image to enlarge it.

Feedint time on a misty damp morning (c) Forestry Commission

Feeding time at Nest 2 on a misty damp morning
(c) Forestry Commission

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