Tweed Valley Osprey Project – Three Healthy Chicks


> A young chick is jumping into a nest.

This week, in the main hut in the Tweed Valley, we saw a very large brown trout bringing the family into the nest with PW 3. The three chicks are doing very well and are eating very well with Ms. O. The food is shared, and it is encouraging to see that even the little chick is receiving a good portion. The little chick looks like a little chap. He made sure to get attention and nourishment by feeding her a little hop by occasionally pushing her little one forward in the middle and raising her little head to the same height as the other two.

Osprey chicks reach out to feed their parents

> The little chick is in the middle and stretches like a sister to get food.

The size and freshness of the incoming fish proves that the family is thriving. We could not take anything for granted at this early stage, as we heard last week the news that both Kindergarten and Lock Architecture had lost their chicks. It’s amazing how quickly the situation can change – bad weather signs or food shortages can be fatal. The risk of adolescence is high. We hope that PW3 will continue to do a good job of hunting for the family and that Ms. O will stay by her side of the relationship agreement and keep the young man safe and warm in the nest.

Adult osprey in a large fish nest

> Another great fish brought in by PW 3

This week’s PW3 Behavior Change this week saw a rise in this week’s rankings. Not only did he not approach the nest but he did not fly immediately after the meal, but this week he tried to feed the chicks. Most of the meal time was spent by Mrs. O. But the chickens were asleep after they were fed up, and soon after, PW 3 joined their nest, preparing Mrs. O’Dula and moving it to another location. PW3 picked up the rest of the fish and began feeding itself. When they found out that he was eating, they came up to him and lifted up their heads and opened their beards to eat. At this point PW 3 went downstairs and started trying to feed the chicks, which was not particularly good and he certainly had to practice his technique, but it was a very touching time of fatherhood and we hope he will practice more. . This certainly added to the family bond and was fun to watch.

Adult oyster feeding chicks in the nest

> PW3 feeds the children for the first time.

This morning, as I picked up the recording from the nest, the young children had finished eating. If they are too full, they look wrong, their crop is spoiled. This is a good sign that they are growing well and strong. Their gray hair is gradually being replaced by feathers.

Adult oyster feeding chicks in the nest

> A crop growing on a well-watered chick near the front

We have a camera in the back hut but unfortunately, the signal is interrupted because it is too far away. We relied on images of a series of poles on a hill in February, but unfortunately some trees were growing and closing the sign. But we got a brief hint from a forest and land technical team that someone hacked into a picture on his laptop and sent it to us. The good news is that there are three chicks in a nest with their mother who does not have a ring. We hope Dad is the same bird last year FK0. The video shows some chicks competing for the good of each other. We hope it will be resolved over time and that they will be fine. We hope to have a regular recording of this nest soon.

Free TVOP event at the Pebble Outdoor Film Festival

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Peebles Outdoor Film Festival

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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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