Watch this new video to see HD highlights of the 3 young osprey chicks in their first 2 weeks of life, taken from the nest webcam at Foulshaw Moss osprey viewpoint.
The video starts with the first confirmed glimpse of the third chick, at 6:58am on 4th June. The poor weather & tall grass growing in the nest had made it difficult to get a good view of the eggs during the hatching period, and there had been several false alarms since chick 2 was born on 1st June. I even announced that the third chick had hatched during an interview for BBC Northwest Tonight, then looked again at the webcam and clearly spotted an intact egg.
An osprey chick's day involves a lot of sleeping, tucked snugly under mum. Every few hours she gets up and perches on the edge of the nest to feed them tiny morsels of fresh fish, provided by dad. He sometimes helps with the feeding too. At feeding time the chicks suddenly wake up and stick their necks up in the air as far as possible, with their mouths gaping.