A good morning to you all, and due to continued intensity of work, I’ll apologise both for my absence this week, and for a slightly less detailed post than I would prefer!!
From a brief search around a few of our favoured nest sites, it would seem that things are generally progressing well with the resident juveniles. Most appear to be venturing quite confidently from their respective nests, and on slightly longer flights, perhaps with one or two still needing to fine tune their landing skills, with reference to BLUE44′s apparent removal of his mum in an attempt to share her perching point on one occasion this week!! It seems no damage was done, and mother & son were seen flying about together shortly afterwards!! (ONE good telling off will likely still be ringing in the youngster’s ears!!)
Most encouraging to read that BLUE44 has been witnessed making his first, somewhat tentative attempts at fishing, providing a treat for those watching from the hides!! It seems his research is good, but his execution still requires finesse!!! At this still early stage though, I think it must bode well that he’s making these attempts, and who knows, we might yet see him bag a thrashing trout or pike in front of the hides before he sets off south??!!
What a sight it must have been for Emyr & co. at DYFI, watching FOUR Ospreys around the estuary!! This too, must surely be encouraging news with regard to the prospective future colonising of the area, providing a welcome boost to the population?! Interesting though, to note the dilemma of the contrast between great habitat and fishing areas, and the poor availability of adequate nesting sites. Let’s hope that this is an aspect of man’s efforts to aid the conservation of species that will eventually pay dividends, with the erecting of more nest platforms, in the hope of attracting “first time buyers!”Great too, for both DYFI, and RUTLAND, to see 12(10) visiting BOTH sites again recently, though I’m not sure what NORA will make of MONTY enjoying her company??!! Many’s the man whose head has been turned by a young girl, only for it to end in tears!!! BE WARNED MONTY!!! Watching the footage of BLUE12 landing on the nest at Dyfi, this is the dialogue that ran through my over-active imagination………….. CEULAN (THINKS..) “Hmm, who’s this I wonder?? Bit of a looker I reckon!!” 12 (THINKS…) “Hmm, nice nest, great view, and I bet the fishing’s good here………nest needs tidying a bit though!!” CEULAN (ALOUD NOW) “AHEM…… Not sure who you are, but mum says I’m not supposed to answer the door to strangers, AND, she WON’T like you moving the furniture about!!” 12 (THINKS) “Cute kid, bit lippy but I could work on him, but it’s his dad I’m interested in – now where IS that handsome devil Monty??!!” 12 (ALOUD) “Yeah, yeah, kid, whatEVER, I’m just tidying up a bit, your mum’s a bit messy!” CEULAN “COFF COFF, HERE’S mum now, we’ll just ask HER, shall we??!!” 12 “Bloody NORA, I’M OFF!!!” Yes, a fanciful notion, I know, but it’s nice to speculate as to what goes through an Osprey’s mind at times!! Thankfully, one of the certainties in their lives, is the vigour with which they defend their nests and their young, from all intrusions right through the nesting season. I did laugh though, at the contradiction to this at Dyfi, having seen the regular defences made by both Monty and Nora against so many Osprey intruders, opportunistic crows, etc it was hilarious to watch the footage of Nora vacating her perch, fish tightly held, at the arrival of that most intimidating of birds………………………….the MISTLE THRUSH!! Pictures © Dyfi Osprey Project. As ever, with many thanks
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