Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Its a Hatrick!

The glorious sunshine here in the Scottish Borders this weekend finally encouraged our last remaining egg on the Main Osprey nest to hatch. We now have three delightful chicks from three eggs- more than any of us dared to hope given the weather conditions in which they were all laid which included several days of snow!

Visitors and volunteers have already been treated to some great views of the tiny chicks being tenderly fed and 'tucked in' by their parents. Mum is understandably very protective at this stage and doesn't leave the nest hardly at all, keeping her chicks safely tucked under her when they're not feeding.

Staff have been paying 'count the bobble heads' every time she stands up, and we are now sure there are three, the last having hatched sometime on Saturday. It is of course a few days behind its siblings and so is significantly smaller. Lets hope it catches up over the coming days. This is only the second time this pair of Ospreys has hatched three eggs but we are confident their excellent parenting skills should see their family through the season ahead.

1 comment:

  1. Very poor visibility yesterday(Wednesday) but three chicks could still be clearly seen when male brought fish in.


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