We are delighted to report some happier news today – we arrived at the centre this morning to chick number 3! It’s not clear exactly when the chick hatched, as 33 has recently added a few sticks to the front of the nest, but we got some great views of it at around 5.50am. Here it is a bit later, being fed by Maya.
Shortly before this, at around 5am, Maya removes the deceased chick from the nest – it’s a little upsetting to watch. Whilst it’s easy to attribute our ospreys with human emotions, in truth we don’t really know what is going through Maya’s head at the time of removal. Without a mouth gaping up at her, its possible she doesn’t even recognise it as her chick anymore – we can only speculate!
We are happy to report that our 2 chicks are looking healthy and well, and have both been seen feeding today. When he isn’t busy building up the front of the nest with sticks, 33 is bringing in fish like clockwork!
The current height of the nest makes it very tricky to spot the third egg, but we are hoping it will hatch in a couple of days time.
What a rollercoaster of a week so far – and it’s only Tuesday!