Wet ospreys

Today has been very wet and quite windy at Kielder, bringing an abrupt end to three weeks of mainly calm and warm weather. The chicks are so large that the females can’t shelter them, although they tried hard.

Mrs YA tries to shield her chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA tries to shield her chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 doing her best (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 doing her best
(c) Forestry Commission England

A bit earlier Mrs 37 had tried to erect a bark shelter over the chicks. They weren’t that happy about it so she gave up.

Mrs 37 tries to lay a large piece of bark across the chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 tries to lay a large piece of bark across the chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

On a positive note it was not cold and both males managed to catch fish. The chicks grabbed meals during slightly less wet spells, there weren’t dry ones.

Before today there was an ever increasing amount of wing stretching and attempts to walk. The only markedly smaller chick is chick 3 on Nest 2, who hatched on 7 June whereas the siblings were 4 and 5 June; all have fed well so it is the age gap that is significant. Here is an image showing what a difference a couple of days make in a four week old osprey.

On Wednesday one chick was four weeks old, its sibling beside it is 3 days younger (c) Forestry Commission England

On Wednesday one chick was four weeks old, its sibling beside it is 3 days younger
(c) Forestry Commission England

Here is that four week old osprey spreading its wings.

Chick 1 has a wing stretch on Wednesday evening (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 has a wing stretch on Wednesday evening
(c) Forestry Commission England

And here is chick 3 the following day.

Chick 3 on Thursday (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 3 on Thursday
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1 the oldest two chicks hatched within a maximum of 13 hours and the third the following day so they appear much more similar. This is an image of one of the older two on Thursday.

One of the older chicks has a stretch (c) Forestry Commission England

One of the older chicks has a stretch
(c) Forestry Commission England

And here is the youngest chick.

The youngest Nest 1 chick (c) Forestry Commission England

The youngest Nest 1 chick
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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