It has been another glorious day today! It was a busy one too, with a continuous stream of enthusiastic visitors flowing into the Centre. The Ospreys were absent for a while in the morning, but were present for the entire afternoon. They spent their time lazing around on perches, and both Maya and 33(11) brought sticks to the nest and continued to decorate it to their own personal specifications! They don’t seem at all bothered by the nettles that are growing on the right hand side of the nest. I have not witnessed either of the Ospreys attempting to remove or move them. The nest usually gets a bit overgrown at this time of year, and as long as there is still room in the centre of the nest, the birds don’t seem that fussy about what grows around the edge! I think the nettles look quite good, they add a bit of colour!
The Ospreys have been spending more time away from the nest recently. As there are no chicks to care for, they don’t need to be there constantly. They will not abandon it altogether though, and always return at some point during the day. Fish are always consumed near the nest, and the pair always do the fish-swap on the nest itself. Also, any sign of an intruder and they are on the nest like a shot, knowing they must defend it to keep possession of it. They also keep bringing in sticks, as you’ll see in the video below.