Keen Osprey webcam watchers will have noticed that our osprey chicks Blue 44 has a slender sewing thread currently hanging down from the Satellite tracking harness on his chest. This thread seems to have worked loose from the sewing where the four slender harness straps meet at the front , possibly as a result of either the chick his mum pecking at the area.
We are aware of this and are speaking to Roy Denis, the expert who places the harness and tag on our chick, about whether or not it is an impediment or risk to the bird- we will let you know asap what his expert advice is. Meanwhile the thread seems more of an annoyance than anything and the chick is still able to move, preen and eat properly so is in no immediate danger.
Other of you have noticed that the chick seems to rest standing on one leg- this is completely normal and is just his way of roosting- all birds do this, and you will have noticed that his mum has a ‘favorite’ leg to stand on too. When Blue 44 moves about, he is sound and moves normally on both legs so there is nothing wrong with his feet or legs.
In fact he has been doing some great wing stretches and flaps today, and these are getting ever more vigorous, which is a really good sign- fledging may still be a few days off but he needs all the practice he can get to ensure those wing muscles are in good condition . My guess is that the first flight could be around next weekend- but I’ve learnt over the years with Ospreys that they always surprise you!