Monday, 21 April 2008

It's a Hatrick!

To our great delight today on our 'main' nest we witnessed another Osprey egg- bringing the total laid in the nest this year to three. This pair of birds have reliably laid three eggs most years- and they did not disappoint us.

On several past occasions, only two chicks have resulted from three eggs, so its reassuring to have three 'chances'- especially as the weather was so very cold around the time the first egg was laid this year, perhaps endangering it.

Our female bird now settles down to a period of patient incubation, but there is no room for complacency- just today a carrion crow 'buzzed' the nest, perhaps testing the resolve of our female, who saw it off with fierce calls and expressions. The crows are one of the few predators capable of stealing an unprotected egg. Luckily our Ospreys are vigilant parents.

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