PH2 has fledged!

 

The eldest osprey chick (PH2) fledged the nest this afternoon at 2.04pm. First flights normally last just a few minutes – PH2 flew a few circled around the nest and then found a convenient branch in a Scots Pine to rest. She has been perched there ever since – perhaps a little nervous to make the return journey! The nest isn’t far so we expect that when LM12 returns with some food she will be tempted back.

 

There was a few heart stopping moments yesterday when PH2 was stretching her wings at the edge of the nest, building her strength in preparation for her first flight ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

 

PH1 seemed quite alarmed when PH2 took off, lying down quickly in the nest as young ospreys do when they sense danger. He has spent a lonely afternoon on the nest, waiting for a fellow osprey to return. PH1 is a full five days younger – but lighter males often fledge earlier than heavier females – so he might be fledging in the next few days. Keep an eye on our blogs and webcam for news!

 

PH1 has spent this afternoon alone on the nest ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

 

When wing stretching goes wrong ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

 

Jane Hamilton, Assistant Ranger

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  The eldest osprey chick (PH2) fledged the nest this afternoon at 2.04pm. First flights normally last just a few minutes – PH2 flew a few circled around the nest …

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