The Osprey Watch team caught quite a lot of action on Sunday, as described in their Report in the post below. On Nest 1 fish was delivered to the nest twice during the morning, once before the Watch had set up. Mrs YA did the feeding both times although YA stays to watch for a bit. He was in the area around the nest much of the time.
But perhaps Mrs YA thinks he is a bit deficient in some aspects because she spent some time in mid afternoon moving sticks and moss around the nest after YA had visited with a solitary stick. If her actions were hints that she wanted some more ‘furniture’ they missed the mark! When Mrs YA is sheltering the chick(s) she is noticeably higher in the nest than when incubating.
The Nest 2 chicks grow overnight! Chick 3 is still slightly smaller and lighter coloured but soon it may be hard to recognise the age hierarchy. The eldest chick is walking almost without stumbing whereas the other two are still at the ‘stand up, tipple forward’ stage mainly. The chicks practise preening their down, just like the adults with their feathers.
A little bit of bullying has been observed, especially when an adult is off the nest or not looking! Sometimes the chicks can hardly rally themselves for another meal. Several large trout have been delivered by 37 recently – he’s definitely found a good spot! When Mrs 37 started feeding the gang just before 16.00 chick 3 was in line with the others but backed away. After a couple of minutes he (or she) started shouting and begging, but didn’t move up to the line for some time and Mrs 37 ignored him until he did.
Click on any of the images above to enlarge. A new video of 37 feeding the chicks on Sunday morning can be seen here – sorry it is a bit jerky, streaming issues early today.