The Hutts had a flying visit to Glaslyn in North Wales to meet the parents of YA and 37. When we arrived at the viewing point one of the 2 fledglings was on the nest with a fish and there was an adult bird in a neighbouring tree. The fledgling was visible on a live web cam link to the RSPB cabin along with interesting osprey related displays. Of great interest to us was a map of Britain showing where our male ospreys’ siblings have been spotted on nests. Now the Kielder born birds are returning this is something we will have to think about for next year although, unlike Glaslyn, the parents at Kielder have varied.
It was interesting to meet the volunteers and RSPB employees looking after the watch point and exchange information. The Glaslyn project is in a state of flux as the RSPB are withdrawing from the site and are hoping to hand things over to a locally based team on 1st September. We wish them well with the fundraising that needs to be done to ensure that this happens.
The visitor centre is next to Pont Croesor station on the Welsh Highland Railway. The steam railway line passes closer to the nest site than any road and so we took a ride on the railway up to Beddgelert. On the way back we were lucky to get views of an osprey in a tree close to the nest and three birds flying over the river. There is another nest with 2 fledglings in the area so there is no guarantee that this was the Glaslyn family.
Thanks to all at the Glaslyn centre for making the Hutt family feel so welcome.