Crowded house

It has been a quiet day on the osprey nest today, just one fish delivery in contrast to yesterday’s several! The fish didn’t arrive until late afternoon, but Maya and the chicks didn’t seem hungry or troubled. 33 must have caught one very early this morning, or maybe yesterday’s offerings kept them sated! The chicks were quite active this morning, and all of them were standing up and tottering around the nest on their enormous feet at some point. They have even started to flap their wings clumsily, still losing their balance often but having a go! They frequently stretch out their legs and wings, getting used to having such long limbs. The nest looks rather full now, especially now the chicks are so big and moving around more. No wonder Maya leaves them on their own a bit more often now!

Standing

Standing

Flapping

Flapping

 

Maya and 33 are very nest proud, and bring sticks and other material to the nest on a regular basis throughout the season. This morning, 33 delivered a rather small stick and plonked it down on the back of one of the chicks! He moved it after a few minutes, but still left it in the middle of the nest in an untidy fashion. Then, as if to prove she could do it better, Maya flew in with a larger stick, and immediately placed it perfectly where she wished. Then she took hold of 33’s stick and positioned that too! 33 flew off and left her to it.

Stick on chick

33’s stick

 

The fish came at 15:15, and this fish was a roach, caught from the reservoir. Luckily for visitors in the Lyndon Centre, volunteer Martin Grimes spotted him flying past on his way back to the bay, and pointed him out to them. Then we got ready with the record button for the moment he landed on the nest. When he did, Maya wasn’t there and 33 didn’t seem to know what to do! The chicks crowded round him eagerly, and we thought for a second he was going to have a go at feeding them… but he didn’t. He seemed relieved when Maya returned – it looked like she had been for a bath. For some reason she went the long way round to get there, but she immediately went to take the fish then moved into a suitable position to feed the chicks. 33 watched for a minute, then flew off.

33 with fish

33 with the fish

Maya takes over

Maya takes over

Feeding chicks

Maya feeding the chicks