Here’s the Report about Saturday’s Osprey Watch from NWT volunteers Margaret, Les and Rick.
25 June: Osprey Watch
The day started slowly but the live feed was giving us lovely clear pictures of the whole family with the chicks being fed by mum.
It was a good job it was a large fish as by the time we left the only other things YA had brought to the nest were moss, bark and a long thin stick that prodded and poked the chicks until Mrs YA took it off him and tried to wedge it into the nest.
Rick spotted a female sparrowhawk flying below the nest, a couple of buzzards over the C200 road and common sand pipers in the burn by the cabin. We saw one osprey fly from the direction of Nest 1 over the water, passing left of us towards Lewisburn and later 2 osprey disturbed the family by circling close to the nest. It was also lovely to see an adult pied wagtail being hassled by 2 hungry fledglings.
We had a steady stream of visitors with one from Australia and another from Harris who had been lucky enough to hear corncrakes from her office on the island. There were couples from Somerset and Sheffield and a number of families with young children, some of whom were more interested in the rabbits than the osprey! Many had seen ospreys before or knew about them from Rutland, Cumbria and Loch Garten.
It was an overcast day with sunny spells – better than the forecast until around 2pm when the rain started. It was one of those showers that felt as if it would be over quickly but after 5 minutes or so we decided the scopes needed to come in. Half an hour later we set the scopes up again and visitors began to venture out only to be met by another downpour around 3pm and this one seemed to send any potential visitors off home or to indoor activities. There were around 85 visitors overall.
Margaret, Les and Rick
An intruder osprey made a very brief landing on the nest during the incident described in the Report. It looks like an unringed male.
The chicks are building up their leg muscles and developing better coordination when they exercise their wings. Chicks 1 and 3 are ahead at the moment!
YA did bring another fish to the nest before streaming stopped.