When I started writing this blog entry earlier today, I was thought I was only going to be talking about an event that happened yesterday, but we have had some more excitement this morning! But I’ll start off with what happened yesterday.
Yesterday began like most other days; I’d had a chat with the two volunteers who were monitoring the Manton Bay nest in the morning, readied the Visitor Centre for opening and welcomed a steady flow of visitors, all keen and enthusiastic to see the Ospreys. Little did we realise what the day would bring…
When I switched the webcam on yesterday morning, the two chicks were on the nest and the adults must have been perched somewhere close by and all were really as I left them on Wednesday evening when I last checked in with them. The male chick, 096, was persistent in his wing flapping and was doing some fantastic ‘helicoptering’, ever so momentarily lifting up – sometimes out of view of the camera – before landing safely back on the nest (phew). This went on for most of the morning, and now and again, the female chick, 095, joined in and also had a go.
The morning flew by and at lunchtime I received a very exciting phone call from the volunteers down at Waderscrape Hide, to say that the oldest chick 096, at 54 days old, had fledged at 12:12pm and had taken his first ever flight around Manton Bay, eventually settling on the camera perch, just above the nest where he remained for the rest of the afternoon! What fantastic news it was to hear! Maya being the super parent she is, joined 096 on his maiden flight, which must have been really lovely to watch from the two bird hides.