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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Margaid » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:05 am

I've been watching the Dyfi Project Ospreys as well and the daughter of Monty and Glesni, called Clarach has just hatched her first chick at Aberfoyle which makes them "grandparents". Also one of Mrs G and Aran's sons, W0, has been seen at Kielder on his first migration back to the UK. Apparently when Aran was incubating the eggs he knocked an egg out of the cup and it was not incubated for 11 hours. Mrs G didn't seem to have noticed it. When Aran was doing another stint he saw the egg and moved it back into the cup and it hatched as W0.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby bigyetiman » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:36 pm

Thanks for that update. Thats the value of a leg ring, it's great she has survived migration etc to come back and hopefully become a well established breeder
Not had a chance to look at anything as mum has just come out of hospital after her stroke. So been a bit busy.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby rick » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:37 am

There's all sorts going on at this nest over the past 24 hours.
Went from her barely able to sit on them all to stopping sitting entirely - Aran and the chicks (!) helping to rearrange the sticks and a lot of chick exploring activity. I stopped watching for an hour this morning and when I tuned back in they had fetched lots of moss to fill up the nest so its a lot shallower than it was.
Careful little ones! Don't fall out!
There also seemed to be Aran and another osprey (?!) at the nest before Mrs G returned and did a lot of shouting.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Margaid » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:12 pm

Ooh missed that! Haven't had much time to watch recently. All the older chicks - Glaslyn, Dyfi and Rutland water are snoozing in the sunshine at the mo while mum or dad keeps a watchful eye. Clarach's second egg has hatched at Aberfoyle but the site isn't very informative - people asking los of questions but not getting answers.

I wonder if the moss etc is to give different camouflage or just to make it more comfortable for the chicks. When they're very young their striped back blends well with the sticks, but now their plumage is developing perhaps they're hidden better against the more speckled background of grass and moss. Anyone know?
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby rick » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:08 pm

Margaid wrote:...I wonder if the moss etc is to give different camouflage...


I think you may be right there. It defiantly happened in a very purposeful way and it was funny how the adults and the chicks seemed to know the job in hand and contribute to it happening.
Probably silly but what with the chicks out in the open in the sun (though mum was shading and fanning them) and all the peeping that Mrs G was making was relieved to see another fish arrive.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Marigold » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:08 pm

Mrs G has been spending a lot of time today with wings spread, sheltering the chicks in shade. She's sitting there ATM with her eyes closed looking a bit overwhelmed by the heat. Doesn't seem possible that, only two weeks ago, she was grimly sitting it out in torrential rain which had flooded the marsh and closed the access roads.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby bigyetiman » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:02 pm

You wouldn't want to be sitting up there in that heat would you. Two weeks ago we were all trying to work out where to meet as rain nearly stopped play. Notice how the weather instantly improved once we came home
made early trip today to Pagham harbour to see the Elegant Tern, then went and had lovely views of the Chichester Peregrines showing the young the finer points of pigeon chasing. Then onto a site for Honey Buzzard and Goshawk
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Marigold » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:51 am

That sounds a really good day out.
Developments overnight at Glaslyn;
https://www.facebook.com/BywydGwylltGla ... 19/?type=3
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby bigyetiman » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:00 pm

I saw that, it was quite eventful at Glaslyn, Aran and Mrs G are being kept busy in more ways than one.
Yes it was a good day out. Not a bad morning surveying either as a local pair of Hobby have hatched at least 2 young, could just make out two little heads, and the Little Owl owlets were very vocal
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby rick » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:44 pm

I was wondering - will they learn to eat a fish by themselves before leaving the nest?
Seem much stronger now and taking longer looks at the wider world over the edge.
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