On Thursday Blue 6H was on the nest with the remains of a fish when the camera stream came on; shortly after the nest was bare but an osprey was eating in a tree nearby. But was it Blue 6H, because it seemed a larger piece of fish, or Mrs YA?
At about 10.45 a headless trout was delivered and Blue 6H was a happy youngster! Adults often bring more fish than normal to fledglings to build them up for migration. Many young ospreys haven’t been seen to catch a fish before heading south and, even if they have, honing their skills will take time. So a bit of extra before the journey is beneficial.
The next excitement was at 13.56 when Mrs YA landed with a piece of fish which Blue 6H, already waiting, regarded with interest. But she promptly took it away! Blue 6H flew after her but soon returned and made do with more ‘leftovers’ in another corner of the nest.
During most of the afternoon YA was in a tree above the nest. Blue 6H was off the nest for a long spell, but landed at just after 16.00 and ate the last bit of the fish still there. YA flew off – to get more supplies, perhaps?
Blue 6H took up pole position – literally, on top of the nestcam pole – to await the return. But it wasn’t YA, but Mrs YA, who came back. Blue 6H joined her on the nest after a few minutes. Was a delivery imminent, and who would get it first?! We’ll never know because the streaming ended soon after, although Mrs YA had given up waiting by then.
Here are some images.