Tweed Valley Osprey Project Volunteers and staff from Forest and Land Scotland celebrate for the first time since the outbreak began, Friday, June 17. The celebration was the culmination of a beautiful painting by the Glontres Wild SSS. This Lived in 2019 by Patrick Corley-Jackson and generously donated to the Tweed Valley Osprey project. The painting is a tribute to the White Foot SS, which first appeared in Tweed Valley in 2004 when he was five years old. A.D. Until her death in 2014, she returned every year without her ring. Then, in collaboration with Mrs. O, he raised 32 chicks during his 20-year career and was a live streaming star on our camera.
> Patrick and Lorra Corley-Jackson with Patrick’s White Foot SS
Of the chicks he lost, we know only two that have returned and are successfully breeding. One is a woman who has lived in a hut in Irshire since she was four years old. Another is a man who started having sex after living with a 25-year-old woman in Stingingshire. A.D. In 2020, SS could not return, but the legacy continues and it is interesting to note that we now have a permanent warning in the Wild Watch Room.
At this point in the main cottage, Mrs. O and her partner PW3 are doing very well as a small family. The three chicks grow rapidly. Chicken number three is still a little smaller than the two and is not smart when it comes to feeding, often looking in the wrong direction when the other two are feeding on Mrs. O. Two of the food from his father was eaten by his mother. It is not a very good method because the mother had the food and the father had nothing to give. PW3 (Dad) finally flew away, so the chick came out a little and joined the other two to feed on the back of the line. It does not matter – the little crop of the chickens is flooded with food after dinner. So, even though it was the last line, there was still enough food for all three to eat after a meal.
> PW3 brought a shell
The chicks grow rapidly. Their heads are now white, with ginger on their backs, and the characteristic brown eyebrows are prominent on their faces. Their bodies are dark gray and sloping, but this week the golden brown feathers begin to appear on their upper bodies and wings.
> Gold tips on the tips of brown feathers
Sometimes they can be very active around the nest and there is always a risk of getting too close. However, the experienced Mrs. O is often seen cleaning the nest and moving the sticks to the outer edge, which prevents the little ones from falling properly. Fresh mousse, sticks and occasional pid cones make up for PW 3 when fish are out of reach.
We launched the new Tweed Valley Osprey Trail Map over the weekend and it is now available free of charge from the Glontres Forest. There is a chance that you will see Osprey passing by on one of the seven ‘hot spots’ marked by the Trudy to save the river or others.
Stay tuned for more of our 2022 highlights from our YouTube playlist. Remember, you can also see our main nest camera live during the day.