Osprey Watch Report: 15 July 2015

An exciting Osprey Watch at times! Here’s the report:-

Ospreys Everywhere!

We concentrated on Nest 1 all day as the camera feed was rock solid! As we arrived there was already a complete fish on the nest but both youngsters were busy ignoring it. They spent most of the morning preening and making half-hearted gestures towards nest tidying.

Joint preening (c) Forestry Commission England

Joint preening
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA was resting in his regular tree and Mrs YA was sometimes to the right of the nest and sometimes away somewhere. Around 10.30, 3 ospreys were observed flying over the nest (not YA, he was unconcerned on his perch!).

Visitors were slow to arrive in the morning, but most  were very interested and stayed for long periods asking questions and moving back and forth between scopes and the live feed.

Things livened up at lunchtime, more visitors and more osprey activity. Again, multiple ospreys were observed flying around the nest, while the youngsters started to eat, standing on the nest edge in some danger of falling out! Both adults made brief visits to the nest, YA bringing a twig which did not impress the kids! The chicks were now taking turns to jump and flap which caused much excitement among our many younger visitors.

Joint exercise (c) Forestry Commission England

Joint exercise
(c) Forestry Commission England

By late afternoon, it was clear that a fresh fish would be welcome, and YA obliged at exactly 16.30. We do wonder if he has worked out our timetable!

YA is a welcome sight (c) Forestry Commission England

YA is a welcome sight
(c) Forestry Commission England

All in all, a very successful day: 100+ visitors, including a school party, families, couples and several knowledgeable bird enthusiasts.

Gillie, Tim and Ian

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