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Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Marigold » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:43 pm

Here's a link to the live stream of the Glaslyn Ospreys, near Porthmadoc in Snowdonia.

http://www.glaslynwildlife.co.uk/live/? ... dium=email

They've been nesting on this wild marshland for several years now. The RSPB manage the area and you can sit in a hide and see them on the nest with a telescope. But I think the webcam is better because you can pop on at any time and see what's happening, and of course, there are always eyes watching the nest to protect them from poachers or vandals. Yesterday at teatime I saw one of the birds arrive with a large fish and sit on the edge of the nest and eat it. Not so much action yet as the eggs haven't been laid, but put the link on your home page and click on it at coffee times, things will get more lively pretty soon I expect.
Their original nest was in a tree, which blew down one winter a few years ago, so the RSPB built the present five-star accommodation for them, including strong wire fixings and a very convenient perch across the middle. Nobody knew if they would actually return and use it, but to everyone's relief they did, and have nested every year since.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Icemaiden » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:59 am

That looks like a nest built from serious tree branches for some kind of dinosaur! Any idea what its diameter is Marigold?
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Marigold » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:42 am

The News section on the site (top of the page) has interesting info on the history of the birds http://www.glaslynwildlife.co.uk/2017/0 ... -and-whe...
It looks as if the osprey who is there at the moment is the female, Mrs G, waiting for her mate to return from migration. Apparently he got involved in a threesome last year, with another female who turned up, but couldn't manage to support her as well as Mrs G, so her eggs were eaten by crows when she had to leave the second nest to fish for herself. Interesting discussion about all this.
We saw her eating another huge fish yesterday afternoon. I felt sorry for the fish as it was still alive but being torn steadily to pieces from the head downwards.
The reserve is now run by unpaid volunteers from a small local charity, hence the appeal for donations.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Marigold » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:49 am

10.47a.m, and she's sitting on the nest, looking around and wondering where he's got to. The suspense is killing her, poor girl!
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby rick » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:00 pm

She came back with a new stick for the nest - best ever slow TV!
There's a steam train hooting somewhere near.

... and its just switched camera to a second nest and bird. (4:25pm) That's no chicken! :)

Great find Marigold!
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Marigold » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:27 pm

The steam train is the newly-restored Welsh Highland Railway which runs between Porthmadoc and Caernarvon. We have booked a bungalow in Beddgelert in June, where the trains run just the other side of the valley, across the stream which runs along the edge of the garden. This is near to the osprey reserve, perfect for husband, who used to be a bird ringer and is also a train nerd.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby rick » Tue May 16, 2017 8:28 am

Long awaited mate has returned and she is sitting on the nest!
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Marigold » Tue May 16, 2017 10:54 am

The female, Mrs G, was actually the first one to return and her long-awaited mate, Aran, finally arrived a few weeks ago. They've now laid 3 eggs, and Aran seems to be doing most of the incubation,- despite having a girlfriend on another nest, which he's trying to support as well. This happened last year, but as he couldn't manage to feed both females, the other bird's eggs were eaten by crows when she was off the nest.
They don't seem to spend so much time together on the nest area ATM, but if you can catch sight of them it's easy to tell the difference, as Aran is considerably smaller and has a different plumage pattern - more white around the head and neck. I think the incubation period is quite long for ospreys, so maybe the hatch will happen in time for my visit to the area at the start of June. It would be good to actually see for myself. They started brooding as soon as the first egg was laid, so there's going to be a difference of 4-6 days between the oldest and youngest chick, assuming all hatch. I suppose that, with a long-lived species that doesn't reach maturity until 3-4 years, the aim is to raise at least one chick per year if possible - the oldest one appropriates most of the food, if there's not enough to go around for any other chicks, but if this chick dies, the others may succeed. Sort of 'heir and a spare' situation. But, judging by the enormous fish I've seen the adults eating on the nest, there seems to be plenty available.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby Margaid » Tue May 16, 2017 8:39 pm

Apparently the incubation period is 35 -40 days Marigold (nearly called you Fuchsia!)
If you click on the "home" tab at the top of the screen and then scroll right down you can see the info they've put on Facebook. You need to see the size of the Garfish that Aran caught! They've put a post up that the reserve was flooded so closed to visitors today - must have had a lot of rain in the area.

The Osprey's at Rutland Water have had two chicks hatch but one has since died - possibly because mum accidentally stepped on it. There are two more eggs to hatch there any time now.
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Re: Glaslyn Ospreys

Postby rick » Tue May 16, 2017 11:12 pm

Looks like its Aran on the nest tonight then from your description Marigold. He got up briefly to turn and arrange the eggs with feet clenched into tight balls, presumably to minimise the chance of those talons doing any damage. Fantastic!
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