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First 2 chicks fledge!

Posted: Friday 24th July 2015 by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint

Image of ospreys at foulshaw moss nature reserve taking flight

After weeks of practice, #FoulshawOspreys finally take flight

The secret to being a successful flier? Regular exercise and a healthy diet! Watch our latest video of HD highlights from the osprey nest camera at Foulshaw Moss, to see our 3 chicks doing exactly that over the past fortnight. 

First though, the film starts with an amusing clip that demonstrates exactly why the camera lens has often looked a bit cloudy in recent weeks. I think that leaves little doubt as to who the culprit is!

We then see them tucking into various fish supplied by the adult male. Notice how the female bird is becoming less responsive to their demands for food now. The hungry chicks have had to start learning to tear up the food and feed themselves.

The most obvious behaviour we have seen is lots of wing flapping, gradually strengthening their flight muscles. Eventually this starts to show results, with 2 chicks, Blue V2 and Blue V3 (named after their leg rings) lifting their feet just off the ground for several days.

You can also see them losing their fluffy down as they flap about, growing their flight feathers in preparation for their first big step out of the nest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes an average of 53 days for osprey chicks to fledge. Right on cue, the oldest 2 chicks left the nest on 23rd July. Blue V2 caused a bit of worry by staying out of the nest all day, even when White YW (dad) came back with lunch.

Blue V4 should be flying in the next few days too. The chicks won't migrate for at least another month, so there should still be lots of action to see on the webcam, and at Foulshaw Moss.

 

When you see anything exciting on the webcam, please do add a comment at the bottom of this blog, with the time showing on the webcam. Then I can download it when preparing our next video. Times when they are feeding is valuable info too. Thanks to everyone who has helped with that already,

Simon 

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Comments

    There have been recent sightings of marsh harrier, hobby, peregrine, barn owl & sparrowhawk too, as well as the usual buzzards and kestrels. We've noticed lots of kestrel activity around the nest box visible from the Foulshaw car park. It appears they may have been nesting there without me noticing! Simon

    Monday 27th July 2015
    by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint

    I've come back from a weekend away to find that all 3 chicks are now flying. They should still be visible around the nest throughout August, Simon

    Monday 27th July 2015
    by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint

    chick feeding itself whole fish at 13:00, 24/7/2015

    Friday 24th July 2015
    by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint

    Friday 24th July 2015
    by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint

There have been recent sightings of marsh harrier, hobby, peregrine, barn owl & sparrowhawk too, as well as the usual buzzards and kestrels. We've noticed lots of kestrel activity around the nest box visible from the Foulshaw car park. It appears they may have been nesting there without me noticing! Simon

Monday 27th July 2015
by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint

I've come back from a weekend away to find that all 3 chicks are now flying. They should still be visible around the nest throughout August, Simon

Monday 27th July 2015
by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint

chick feeding itself whole fish at 13:00, 24/7/2015

Friday 24th July 2015
by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint

Friday 24th July 2015
by foulshaw-moss-osprey-viewpoint