Mum Feeding Osprey Chicks
The osprey chicks are making rapid progress and I don’t think they’ll be at the nest for much longer.
Mum (top left) and chicks (top right and front)
The great news from this week is that we still have 2 chicks. The few visits prior to that I’d only seen one chick at a time, so I started to worry that maybe one of them hadn’t survived.
Osprey chick flapping
There’s quite a lot of ‘flapping practice’ going on each day.
We Have Lift Off
As you can see above, the bigger one is now airborn.
Osprey Chick Staring Me Out
Although the parents are used to me and not really interested in passers by, the chicks are still a little wary. This one gave me a long hard stare before returning to his flapping practice.
I’m sure it won’t be long now before they all leave the nest – Dad is already disappearing for increasingly long spells. Hopefully they’ll move back to the parents old feed ground nearby and I’ll be able to follow their progress into independence.
Looking Over The Edge
The Willie Wagtails have chicks again. After their success a couple of months ago, the Willie Wagtails decided they could fit in another brood this season and we now have another pair of chicks flitting round the garden.
There was a lot of this.
Willie Wagtail Chicks
And very soon, this.
Given their habit of sitting on the wall waiting for a feed, I’d have thought that by now they would have become lunch for either a cat, or ‘our’ lizard. He lives between this wall and next door’s garage. He often sits on the wall and a newly fledged chick would have made a tasty snack. I think the chicks a past the danger period now as they are good flyers and quite quick off the mark.
After all that work I think the parents deserve a rest until next spring.
Phew. After a very long and frustrating wait, the ospreys at last have chicks. Twins. Here they are in the nest with mum. Given how hard they were to see in the nest, and how low down they were, I can’t help wondering whether they were already there last week. They don’t have that fluffy ‘I’ve just hatched’ look about them, do they?
Parents in nest
Here’s mum (on the left) and dad (head just showing) in the nest.
Mum and chicks
Mum and Chicks in nest, Dad on fencing behind.
It’s nearly Christmas and, like everyone else, I’ve got a busy list of things to fit into the next week. However, some of them will just have to wait as I will be going to visit the nest regularly and trying to get more pictures.