The high winds at the weekend meant that when the juveniles were on the nests they tended to be either lying down trying to get below the gusts or standing facing into the wind. Since then they have seen much less often – unless there is food, of course! – which has presented opportunities for other birds.
Sometimes one or two corvids appeared despite an osprey being present.
Mainly the juveniles made their feelings clear and any visitors left. The focus on food continues to dominate. Both males have continued to bring in good supplies, with two ‘part fish’ on the nests at times. Some juvenile behaviour is quite interesting, with a sizeable new fish being ignored for a smaller remnant, and sometimes the smaller piece has been the object of a tussle even though there is another fish. Both rainbow trout, so what is so appealing about the smaller piece? But usually the newer catch is preferred.
Of course sometimes you need to keep control of a good supply.
As ever there is competition when a new fish arrives.
Osprey sightings in southern areas of the UK are becoming commonplace as migration gets under way. Where there has been breeding adult females generally leave first, they are relatively out of condition after months of incubating or protecting and feeding young. Some well known females have left in recent days, for example EJ (Loch Garten), Lady, as she is known to many, (Loch of the Lowes) and Glesni (Dyfi).
Mrs 37 from Nest 2 hasn’t been seen at her nest since 17 August. At 12.20 she landed with a partly eaten fish which Blue 8H took. She stayed for a couple of minutes, fiddling with a stick, before flying off. Was that the start of her long journey south? Very possibly. We wish her a safe journey, safe few months at her winter home, and safe return next year.