Osprey Watch Report: 14 July 2013

The camera feed worked fairly well, freezing only occasionally, but there was little activity on the nest. The male dropped in for a fleeting visit in the morning to leave a stick which he managed to place on both Mrs YA and the chick. She eventually moved it but whacked the chick round the head while doing so.

At midday she mantled and the male arrived on the nest but no threat was seen. The chick flapped its wings quite often, probably trying to cool itself, since Mrs YA did not let it shelter in her shadow. Also it did a couple of stints of housework, moving sticks and leaves, unlike its mother who did very little all day apart from moving away every time the chick approached. She is a very bad mother! In the afternoon Mrs YA left the nest for more than an hour but the chick did not seem to be bothered.

The male spent a lot of time in his favourite tree and a couple who had been on the ferry reported a possible sighting of an osprey hunting along the north shore at about 1pm, but this was not YA who was in the tree.

Aaron takes the horizontal approach! (c) Joanna Dailey

Aaron takes the horizontal approach!
(c) Joanna Dailey

We had at least 115 visitors, including one from Australia, although some were missed as they turned up in large groups. A number of the younger visitors used the large box which is a step to enable them to see through the scopes. But one young man, Aaron, had a more novel approach!

Sue, Joanna and Martin

Comment: As human observers we want Mrs YA to show more typical osprey parenting skills; new mothers like Glesni at Dyfi seem to have natural protection instincts such as being an umbrella over a hot chick, or sitting tight on chicks when it is raining, which Mrs YA hasn’t always shared.

Mrs YA had been ‘good’ over the last few days but today we did not see her at her best! Perhaps she instinctively feels the chick is strong enough now to need less attention, so although it was following her at times seeming to want shade she did not respond. It was active enough and not obviously in distress; it was panting but that is the equivalent of sweating. So maybe she is just a ‘tough love’ parent!

Here are some images from today. Click to enlarge.

A hot chick staying near mum for shade when possible (c) Forestry Commission

A hot chick staying near mum for shade when possible
(c) Forestry Commission

chick tries to remove stick (c0 Forestry Commission

chick tries to remove stick
(c0 Forestry Commission

Mrs YA moves furniture (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs YA moves furniture
(c) Forestry Commission

 

 

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