Today was generally warm and still with a mix of high white cloud and blue sky. Rain did threaten briefly early in the afternoon and the westerly caused a few leaflets to scatter. But the dark clouds soon moved east and the afternoon ended “blue” and hot.
Our birds had a fairly lazy day and the chicks were probably fed before we arrived. On setting up early, the male left at 10.10 leaving the female. Both parents were again at the nest, with some feeding of the chicks, at 11.10, then the female left at 12.10, returning half an hour later. The female left again for ten minutes at 1400. During most of the afternoon, the chicks dozed and the female was around the nest with intermittent appearances of the male.
Visitor numbers were slightly down, we thought, at 107, with competing attractions of the men’s final at Wimbledon and the “Tour de Buttertubs” going on in Yorkshire. However, at least one group were keen to point out that they were from North Yorkshire and were here to get away from the cycling! Also, a lucky couple who arrived late, were treated to a lovely family scene on the nest, with the three chicks patiently waiting their turn for pieces of a “new” fish.
Other wildlife today included the usual Oystercatchers, a brief Common Sandpiper, Chaffinchs and passing Siskins, and one Buzzard high overhead.
Another great day!
Tim, Chris and Alan
Around 13.00 on Sunday a review of footage showed there was another intruding osprey incident on Nest 1; there are more noted on that nest than Nest 2. Mrs YA had been relaxing beside the chicks when she suddenly became alert and moved towards them, shouting. YA landed and both looked up; as they followed something in the sky an osprey wing was briefly visible by the side of the nest.
The adults remained alert for about half an hour. Shame the intruder’s legs were never visible!
Monday was a quieter day with no intrusions seen. The chicks are all standing and taking a few steps. There is also an occasional wing flap. But the main activity is still dozing.