Osprey Watch Report: 28 July 2013

Having observed the weather forecast in the morning we knew we were in for a very wet day, how true that forecast was!

For all the continual wet we were happy to welcome some 70 people of all ages, many were delighted to hear our stories of our resident ospreys and view the live camera action and still photos.

As for the nest action we firstly saw a wet hunkered down chick all alone from our arrival up to 11.25. Then the female arrived followed almost immediately by the male and a well proportioned fish. He deposited the fish and left, staying away until 14.55 and returning only briefly without a fish. Following the arrival of the fish the female fed the chick on three separate occasions leaving half the fish at the side of the nest throughout the day. As the rain continued the chick remained low in the nest without much action. The female came and went all day, missing for half hour periods, and only staying minutes on the nest. She ignored the chick totally thoughout the day showing no affection at all.

At the end of the day one adult was seated at the top of a tree to the left of the nest.

Don, Mel & Dave

Comment: Oh dear, poor wet Osprey Watch team! And ospreys.

The chick is now much better able to cope with poor weather. Throughout the season Mrs YAs parenting skills have come in for a fair amount of criticism, but now the chick is so large she would not be able to offer much shelter and she did feed it pretty frequently. The weather faired up later in the day and the chick looked fine in late afternoon sunshine, having more nourishment! Too late for the Osprey Watch team unfortunately.

Here are some images, click to enlarge.

a very wet chick at 09:30 (c) Forestry Commission

a very wet chick at 09:30
(c) Forestry Commission

Mrs YA feeding the chick (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs YA feeding the chick
(c) Forestry Commission

a wing exercise or two throughout the day (c) Forestry Commission

a wing exercise or two throughout the day
(c) Forestry Commission

late afternoon and much better weather (c) Forestry Commission

late afternoon and much better weather
(c) Forestry Commission

 

 

 

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