Osprey Watch Report: 4 August 2013

Despite the forecast the day remained fine throughout our time although visibility of the nest through the scopes came and went. In total we had 122 visitors both young and old. We started the day at 10.45 with the chick and female on the nest.

At 11.25 a flock of 22 common scoter was spotted on the reservoir adjacent to the OW viewpoint, they were heading in the direction of the dam.

At 11.35 the female osprey left the nest and was later spotted in the tall tree to the left of the nest. At 12.30 she was back on nest with the chick and this time she settled down close up to the chick like a good mother. By 13.00 the chick was alone on the nest again.

Around 13.10 a fish was delivered to the nest and the adult did not stay but it was a delight to witness the chick immediately up on its feet and devouring the fish on its own.

At 14.00 the common scoter were spotted again and they remained in view before again flying off at 15.15.

The remainder of our time the adult ospreys were either on the camera pole or in trees to the left and right of the nest. Brian was accompanied by his wife Margret who chatted to visitors and was a great help throughout the day.

Don, Tim, Brian & Margret

The common scoter sighting is interesting. As they are seaducks they were further inland than might be expected.

Here are some images from Sunday.

Blue 6H examines the drop (c) Forestry Commission

Blue 6H examines the drop
(c) Forestry Commission

Blue 6H has a snack (c) Forestry Commission

Blue 6H has a snack
(c) Forestry Commission

a brief workout after lunch (c) Forestry Commission

a brief workout after lunch
(c) Forestry Commission

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