The chicks are growing up quickly and their feathers are really coming through now so you can begin to see their patterns and colours. The oldest chick is one month old today and has started eating things he shouldn’t be like the bedding and small sticks from the nest. He was also observed coughing up a pellet of bark, moss and lichens which is a rare sight in ospreys. Like other birds of prey, ospreys do occasionally bring up food pellets which consist of the indigestible material from their prey, in our ospreys case the bones and scales from fish, but it is very rare to see this happen and the pellets are generally very small. It is therefore thought that the majority of the fish consumed by ospreys is passed through their gut and excreted.
Today we had an osprey intruder flying close to the nest alarming both the female and the chicks but the chicks instinctively ducked down in the nest and the mother guarded the nest until the intruder left them in peace. Fish have still been brought in regularly to the nest and the male even brought in another eel on Friday making that two eels in a week. Seeing a single eel being brought to the nest is rare enough for this pair but two in a week is brilliant. Our chicks are still a bit unsteady and clumsy on their feet but they are healthy and are looking great.