Steady progress

Mrs 37 feeds the chicks on I July (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs 37 feeds the chicks on I July
(c) Forestry Commission

Nest 1 coverage has been fairly good over the last few days, whereas the stream from the Nest 2 nestcam has been decidedly intermittent. Mainly when there has been a glimpse it has been of three ever expanding young ospreys taking in even more protein! They are looking more like the adults each day in marked contrast to the still tiny chick on Nest 1.

Mrs YA feeds her chick on 1 July (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs YA feeds her chick on 1 July
(c) Forestry Commission

On Nest 1, Mrs YA seems to be an inexperienced mother because of her preparedness to sit off the nest for minutes at a time even in rain, and her eagerness to eat before satisfying the chick. But she does do the ‘right’ thing sometimes and sits tight on the youngster in poor weather. When she feeds it she does so for several minutes. But she just doesn’t exhibit Mrs 37s sure touch in parenting.

She knew enough to tell YA off when he brought a live and active fish to the nest on Sunday. She sent him packing to prepare the meal properly!

YA lands with a live fish (c) Forestry Commission

YA lands with a live fish
(c) Forestry Commission

Exit live fish! (c) Forestry Commission

Exit live fish!
(c) Forestry Commission

 

She perhaps also needs to hone her own dining skills as she had something of a struggle eating a rather large fish tail on Sunday. A video of that ‘event’ is available here. Another video from Monday an also be seen (here), with the whole Nest 1 family present.

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A handsome pair (c) Forestry Commission

A handsome pair
(c) Forestry Commission

 

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