Osprey Watch Report: 18 August 2013

A good start to the day with Blue 6H on the nest when we arrived. It was sitting but the immature tail feathers were clearly visible. Just after 11.00 s/he stood, then stretched and preened him/herself for around 10 minutes before leaving the nest.

Our only sightings from then till around 13.30 were through the scopes. The birds were seen in the trees to the left and right of the nest and it was highly likely that one of them was Blue 6H as one was seen to flap much more than usual – presumably still having trouble perching in the gusty weather.

The weather was reasonable but we had a few heavy downpours and gusts of wind which resulted in the volunteers chasing the photographs around the viewing area (many thanks to the visitor who made a valiant effort to catch the plastic cover from one of the scopes as it took off and disappeared over the fence!)

Around 13.15 the female arrived at the nest, followed shortly by Blue 6H. The female left after only 5 minutes or so and Blue 6H started eating a fish (we missed the fish delivery itself!). It took Blue 6H an hour to demolish the fish after which s/he left, returning briefly about 10 minutes later.

At 15.30 a bird could be seen through the scopes sitting on the camera pole; Christine saw it land on the nest around 16.00 – Blue 6H no less! By this time the weather had closed in and the trees around the nest were only just visible through the approaching rain (so like Saturday’s weather).

As the final volunteer jotted down her notes to write the report Dad, YA, brought in a large rainbow trout and Joanna captured video of Blue 6H tucking into his second fish of the day. Luckily a particularly keen younger visitor was still around to see the fledgling with his/her fish supper – the young lad had just bought a bird book and told me that when he opened it the first bird he saw was the osprey – perhaps an Osprey Watch Volunteer in the making!

We had 100 plus visitors, including a family from Paris and a lady from Thailand. Many of them saw the birds, either through the scopes or via the camera feed, so thank you to Blue 6H for sticking around.

PS – To Blogger Rosie – not only have I dried out but I did it all again today !

Martin, Christine and Margaret

Thanks to Margaret in particular for getting wet for the ospreys two days in a row AND doing the Reports, and to Martin and Christine.

Here are some images fom the day. And a link to the video of high tea!

Blue  6H is watched over by YA (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 6H is watched over by YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

Looking more grown up by the day (c) Forestry Commission England

Looking more grown up by the day
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA has brought tea! (c) Forestry Commission England

YA has brought tea!
(c) Forestry Commission England

getting stuck in (c) Forestry Commission England

getting stuck in
(c) Forestry Commission England

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