No Nest 2 stream at all on Friday and not much action on Nest 1, although the chick looks stronger each day.
Mrs YA gave it a good feed around 09.00; it stopped begging and went into a sated slump position and Mrs YA actually tried to give it more! Compared with her behaviour just 10 days ago, a huge difference.
YA had a busy time bringing in some sticks which he used to build up the rear of the nest. It is the front that needs it more because the female and chick tend to be near there. Come on YA, buck up!
Mrs YA mantled a couple of times but only briefly and nothing could be seen near the nest. Mostly she was sheltering the chick but she couldn’t resist an odd stick moving job.
The chick hadn’t fed again by 16.45. It is not the food, more the moisture it gets from eating, that can be important in the heat. However at the nest site there is a breeze and Mrs YA rarely pants, so conditions are perhaps not too difficult for the youngster despite it panting. Perhaps the adults feel feeding early and late is better than the chick standing longer in the sun in the hotter periods.
A couple of days ago the female osprey at Threave took a quick dip in the water then showered her baking pair of chicks by shaking her wings over them – that is outstanding parenting!