Growing apace

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.

downy chick 3
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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.

a tetchy chick
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Mostly the chicks doze, stretch and preen.

chicks 1 and 2 preen, as does Mrs YA after a bath
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She’ll need another dip tonight!

somebody has scored a direct hit on mum
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On Nest 2, the only chick is doing well.

another downy chick
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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.

I’m sure I can manage this bit too
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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.

an intruder has followed 37 and fish
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One intruder did fly closer.

a Scottish male, CA?3
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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.

trying to impress
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Mrs 69 had some competition when 69 delivered supper yesterday. No prizes for guessing the winner.

competition for the fish
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5 Responses to Growing apace

  1. Jo says:

    Heavens!! What a difference a few days make ……… even if it is confusing as to who was hatched before who ;-)

  2. Sal Lloyd says:

    So glad all remaining chicks (and adults) are doing so well :-))
    The front edge of Nest 2 looks so much more substantial than after Storm Hector! And thank goodness there was no abandonment of the nest by the adults with only one chick left. Phew!

  3. Gerald says:

    Hello Joanna My Wife and myself were fortunate enough to see the osprey catch a fish opposite Tower Knowle, with my scope we were able to see comings and goings on 2 of the nests One on the skyline opposite Waterside the other nest quite some distance away from Elf Kirk viewpoint, some activity on that nest with one returning and landing on the camera, We look forward to more of your posts in the coming weeks. Thank you Gerald & Mary from Somerset

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  4. Vic Paine says:

    Astonishes afresh every year at how rapidly they grow, glad to see they are doing well.

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