In the last few days, the chicks on the streamed nests are looking more and more like young ospreys. They are just about able to stand for a few seconds to strengthen their wing and leg muscles by some exercise. The youngest of the chicks on the three streamed nests is chick 3 on Nest 1A. (The survivor on Nest 2 is probably chick 1, who hatched 2 days prior to chick 3.) Chick 3 is still very downy, but exercises as much as the elder siblings.
This clip features chicks 1 and 3 yesterday. Press HD for best quality on all videos.
On the hottest of the recent days, chick 1 showed aggression towards the siblings -including immediately after eating when there was still fish being offered – and also Mrs YA more than once.
Mostly the chicks doze, stretch and preen.
She’ll need another dip tonight!
On Nest 2, the only chick is doing well.
EB is keen to ensure her offspring is well fed, following it after it has turned away, and proffering a morsel. Which is usually accepted.
Here is a short clip of the chick exercising a couple of days ago. Dropped frames are a major issue on Nest 2 especially, so there are few videos from that nest.
There are intruders around all the nest areas most days. Often they are at great distance, or unseen, but low over the nest, judging by the female’s behaviour and/or a shadow. A male arriving with a fish is followed to the nest area sometimes.
One intruder did fly closer.
If the ring number is CA3, the osprey has been exploring Northern England, as he was eating a fish at the Lake District Osprey Project a few days earlier.
Finally, Nest 4. As the oldest chicks by one day, they are leading the way in exercising a bit more often than elsewhere. Apologies for the freezing.
Mrs 69 had some competition when 69 delivered supper yesterday. No prizes for guessing the winner.