Osprey Watch Report: 20 July

We set up at 10am to find the chicks on Nest 1 feeding on a rainbow trout followed by a period of resting, stretching of wings and preening. At 11.15am an osprey was spotted high up travelling along the opposite shore line before disappearing from sight. The chicks continued with their wing stretching and preening throughout the morning.

At 12.20pm YA landed on the nest with a large fish followed by Mrs YA.

YA has just brought lunch (c) Forestry Commission England

YA has just brought lunch
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

Blue UV eats from the new delivery whilst Blue VV makes do with a 'scrag end' (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue UV eats from the new delivery whilst Blue VV makes do with a ‘scrag end’
(c) Forestry Commission England

With the fish delivered YA flew off leaving Mrs YA and chicks to feed. The feeding continued until 12.55pm when Mrs YA also left the nest. One chick continued to help itself to the fish whilst the other two either preened or rested.

At 2.20pm both adults were spotted high above the nest enjoying a bit of flying fun together then at 3.45pm they both appeared briefly on the nest.

The male osprey spent a lot of time in a roost to the left of the nest. Then guess what – yes, we had some rain! After sheltering we managed another brief spell with the scopes before we closed down.

The day was filled with visitor tales of other osprey sites including GLASLYN, RUTLAND WATER, LOCH OF THE LOWES (LADY) and the LAKE DISTRICT, including sightings in many other countries. Whilst the day started very slowly momentum built up as it progressed to conclude with visitor totals reaching 144 – or as they say 12 dozen.

Don, Gillie & Ian

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