The hatching of the first chick is always a highlight of any Osprey season and so by the time I went to leave the Lyndon Visitor Centre on Saturday evening, it had already been a great day. Then it got even better. I received an unexpected call from volunteers Mick Lewin and John Spencer in Waderscrape hide saying that they thought the second chick was beginning to hatch. Sure enough when I looked at the screen I could see a wing emerging from the egg!
Maya was very restless, shuffling around on the nest – which was hardly surprising given what was happening underneath her! Slowly but surely the chick emerged…
…and an hour later it was fully visible.
Osprey chicks usually have their first feed a few hours after hatching and both chicks were fed by Maya yesterday evening.
Soon after first light this morning 33 caught a trout at Horn Mill Trout Farm and the two youngsters enjoyed an early morning breakfast. Then at around 2pm 33 delivered a jack pike to the nest. Maya is an experienced mother and she was careful to ensure that the two youngsters received a fair share of the fish. With such a protein-rich diet the chicks will grow quickly, and they already look stronger and larger than they did 24 hours ago.