Getting that rhythm!

The youngsters on Nests 1 and 2 are still spending most of their time dozing, preening and eating but in the bouts of exercise they are gradually becoming better coordinated. This video from 8 July shows several wing flapping sessions from all four juveniles.play

Their feathers are still growing – in the image below they look well developed on VP.

VY's feathers look well developed (c) Forestry Commission England

VP’s feathers look well developed
(c) Forestry Commission England

But from this angle you can see the sheaths are covering a large part of some feathers.

Quite a bit of growth to come  (c) Forestry Commission England

Quite a bit of growth to come
(c) Forestry Commission England

VY is the most advanced at controlled flapping – unsurprisingly as she is a few days older than the other three. This was yesterday afternoon and she is now able to add the odd hop to the flapping!

The smaller size of Nest 2 results in the odd biff when one of the youngsters exercises near the sibling.

VS gets VM with a left hook! (c) Forestry Commission England

VS gets VM with a left hook!
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks on Nest 2 are still being fed by Mrs 37 whereas on Nest 1 YA is delivering a fish then leaving the pair to feed themselves.

The sisters are pleased to see YA (c) Forestry Commission England

The sisters are pleased to see YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

But usually Mrs YA lands and takes over for a time.

Mrs YA can tear off larger pieces than her offspring (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA has a large mouth to fill!
(c) Forestry Commission England

On 9 July around midday there were intrusions at Nests 1 and 3. It could have been the same osprey travelling between the two nests from the timing. Initially the male and then the female on Nest 3 tried to escort the intruder away but either it returned several times or there was more than one osprey.

The female chases off the intruder as the male sits on the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

The female chases off the intruder as the male stands on the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

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