We left Nest 1 on Tuesday still without a confirmed sighting of accidental fledger VP, although she MUST have been one of the four ospreys visible in the nest tree area late afternoon. A review of footage recorded after the Café closed revealed she arrived on the nest at 18.43 in hot pursuit of YA who had brought a new catch. And it was a good landing too!
She seemed pretty hungry, unsurprisingly. She looks undamaged by her tumble through the branches of the nest tree.
She made an early appearance on Wednesday at 09.01, still with food on her mind as YA was about to appear with half a fish.
VP flew off after half an hour and mostly the nest was bare in the morning, a strange sight.
In the afternoon both VP and VY were on the nest at times: taking off and landing were generally smooth operations. It wasn’t until 15.55 that YA brought another fish.
Senior sibling VY went to take the fish but VP who has always been determined where food is concerned grasped it.
VP let VY take the remaining half of the fish after nearly 20 minutes of eating – once she had mastered the first few nibbles round the mouth of the trout. The sight of YA with another slightly larger offering at 17.14 was welcome as VY had swallowed the tail of the previous one half an hour earlier. No prizes for guessing who was first to take it!
Today both fledglings were on the nest for a time in the morning. VP stood dozing on a breezy day before rain came.
On Nest 2 after her confident fledge yesterday VS hadn’t returned to the nest when the Café closed. A review of the recordings showed she was still away at 19.15, but she was lying in the nest at 09.00 today with VM.
Both fledglings made a number of short flights with VM being slightly more clumsy, getting her feet caught in bark or other nest material. But it was VS who made the worst landing, right on top of Mrs 37. Blame the ‘breeze’!