Osprey Watch Report: 21st June

YA lands at about 09.30 with a very modest catch for him! (c) Forestry Commission England

YA lands at about 09.30 with a very modest catch for him!
(c) Forestry Commission England

The watch was set up and ready for activity before 10:30. A lovely clear day and just not quite hot enough to create a heat haze at first. The chicks were observed to be eating when we got the camera running so there had obviously been an earlier delivery of fish to the nest. Another delivery occurred at noon. Much of the time the female spent on the edge almost out of shot of the video and the chicks huddled in her shadow as the heat built up. Much activity after lunch was dozing, wing stretching and one chick seems to take after the female and likes to move sticks around….

YA feeds a chick from the noon catch, Mrs YA does the same from the earlier fish (c) Forestry Commission England

YA feeds a chick from the noon catch, Mrs YA does the same from the earlier fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

At 14:15 YA returned to the nest, no fish. Looked like possibly he was checking out if another delivery was needed. He flew off….

At 15:15 an observer reported seeing an Osprey dive on a fish to the far side of the water, just past where we could see from the viewpoint – dratted trees…. We continued to watch and were treated to a magnificent sight of an Osprey slowly flying along the far shore, low down and with a large fish. We were all waiting for him to gain height to be able to fly up to Nest 1. However he kept at that height and veered off into the trees almost directly opposite the viewing site. We assumed he had gone there to de-head the fish before delivering it to the nest. He never reappeared in the time we were watching. Is this a lone Osprey or is this another nest?

At 15:35 YA arrived back at the nest from the opposite direction to our previous sighting, he was given some grief from Mrs YA who, we assume, was expecting a fish. He took off again.

At 16:13 as we were packing up YA arrived back at the nest with a large fish, with head still on. He took off almost immediately and Mrs YA dragged the fish across to the corner we cannot see properly on the camera and proceeded to feed the chicks.

By this stage we had all the watch gear packed up and it was time to leave. Discussion with another observer and we concluded that the Osprey we watched with the fish was not YA, so we have another one somewhere near the watch site.

Several people remarked on the press stories about the third nest, all were delighted.

All in all we had 118 visitors, a very pleasant day for two volunteers new to the watch.

Sandra, John, Roger

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