Heatwave

What a hot day it has been! The chicks have spent a lot of time facing into the wind today to attempt to stay cool in the scorching heat! Most of their activity occurred during the cooler hours early this morning. They have all been doing a lot more wing flapping, and are getting more and more enthusiastic about it! They’ve even started attempting a few little jumps now!

S1 flapping

S1 flapping

Wing flapping

Wing flapping

Flapping!

Flapping!

Stretching in the limited space!

Stretching in the limited space!

 

It’s great to see the chicks moving around the nest and getting interested in everything around them. They are so naturally inquisitive, and their instincts to nest build are clearly strong – they have been moving sticks and bits of nest material around again today!

S3 moving a stick

S3 moving a stick

S2 with nest material

S2 with nest material

 

33 delivered a fish at about 10:30, which kept them going all day as it was another huge one! He went to the T-perch with it again, and ate the head before bringing it to the nest.

Fish

Fish

Feeding time

Feeding time

 

It was so big they couldn’t eat it all, so 33 came back for it later. Then he brought it back again, of course!

33 flying off with the fish

33 flying off with the fish

 

He also brought in a stick or two…

33 moving a stick

33 moving a stick

 

All in all, it’s been a fairly quiet day on the Osprey front – there is not much point in them doing too much in this heat! It’s supposed to be cooler tomorrow, so they will have a more comfortable day.

Chicks in the wind

Chicks in the wind

 

7 responses to “Heatwave”

  1. Wendy

    How many chicks are there on the other nests? Have they been ringed yet. I find this all so fascinating and can’t wait until our cruise next month.

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Hi Wendy, not all of the chicks have been ringed yet, as some are not the correct age. We will release total number of chicks very soon, when we are sure. It certainly looks to be a very good year!

  2. Carol Robinson

    we drove down from Lancashire in early May, but unfortunately didn’t see any Ospreys. I downloaded your website and have enjoyed watching the family and also your comments have been very interesting. Thank you for all the effort you put in.

  3. Andy

    Absolutely brilliant. I’ve been saying this past week “2 girls and a boy”, based entirely on two interested in sticks and nest material, one not. I nailed that with the “J” chicks a couple of years ago; it seems to hold true. Aren’t they all magnificent? Superb.

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      That’s good guessing Andy, except that the one most interested in nest materials is S2, which is the male! Males do a great deal of nest building, as we’ve seen from 33, so this is what we would expect.

  4. Paul Taylor

    Any news of 3J? I have not seen her at Peterborough for over a week.

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Hi Paul, we have not had a confirmed sighting of 3J for a while here, but that’s not to say she’s not around. We have had some intrusions at the Manton Bay nest recently, but not close enough to identify the individual.