Tweed Valley Osprey Project – PW 3 Living to Fatherhood

The oyster chicks at the main Tweed Valley hut were two days apart – two on May 29 and a third two days later. This small amount of time can make a big difference in the appearance and appearance of a small chick. He was obviously younger and weaker than his older brothers and sisters.

> Mrs. Oh, feeding the chicks on June 3.

The strong chicks feed first, brave and strong to beg for food from Mom. The little one is not there and, facing the wrong path, she sometimes misses or throws away small pieces of food, which is a little difficult to see. However, if enough fish is provided by their father PW3, the little chick will catch it in a short time. On June 2, PW3 brought a very large trout and took it from her, Mrs. Soon they were eager to eat. After some effort, the older chicks are able to feed well, and after some effort, they are able to feed well. Mrs. Oh calmly served him small pieces of food and, finally, she swallowed this happily.

A male ospreys guarding chicks in a nest

> The little chick is upstairs.

There are significant differences in PW3 behavior this year. Last year he was his first child and I did not spend time in the nest after the chicks were hatched. He actually threw the fish in and out immediately. But this year he seems to be more connected to this race, he spends a lot more time in the nest. He now rests with the fish and is seen watching and descending on the chicks. Mrs. Oh still does all she can to feed and protect her children. She may occasionally go for a quick toilet break, but she always comes back quickly. When PW3 does some baby care, I fly fast and stretch, but the rest of it does not take much longer than four minutes.

Osprey family feeding in the nest

> PW3 offers a great trout for the family

They now seem to be more experienced as a couple and are enjoying more family life with their families.

The chicks are covered in soft gray at the bottom which gives them some warmth, but they are not exposed to the weather and cannot control their body temperature. At this stage of their lives, they are vulnerable, and it is their mother’s warmth that keeps them warm and protected. She sleeps under them, where they spend most of their time after meals. In hot weather, she can get up by spreading it out on the nest and spreading it out of the nest. However, they should be protected if the weather is very hot – Ms. O works like a sun shade (or an umbrella if it starts to rain).

Osprey chicks sleep in nests.

> Sleeping in the sun

The chicks grow very fast and in just 7-9 days there is a difference in their appearance and strength. They use their winged shoots as supports. Their previously spinning head is now balanced on a strong neck, and they gain a little more weight each day as they gain more protein.

Osprey nest

> Chicks in the middle of their big nest

The nest looks very large but the chicks only stay in a small space in the middle of the nest for safety. This is surrounded by moss, and then the outer edge of the nest is built of rods. They take up a lot of space as they grow, and when they are fully grown, there is not enough space for everyone.

Ms. O June 7, sitting on the chicks, seems restless and cowardly. When you look closely, you can see ants walking on the stick next to the nest. There are also many flies. Although wild ants do not bother the ospreys, they can continue after a quick feed. They can prove their worth by picking up any termites on the nest.

> Fiji Ms. Oh and the ants with a stick

Video highlights

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.

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