Saturday 11 June 2010, back of 8.00 am, Both adult Ospreys at eyrie, male on nearby perch, female on eyrie rim. Chicks not visible and she is not begging for food so presume chicks have been fed. Grey squirrel in next door tree emerges from the foliage on a leafless twig and chatters at the ospreys, never seen that before. Also never seen the female take off  with a fish and fly around, which she did when I returned after looking for the Marsh harrier. She did this twice, see picture of  her landing, was this to encourage the chicks to eat? as the three of the chicks seemed content. They did consent to eat and I noticed them wing stretching and the small one had gained in size to the others. Took a picture on the 11th and the 12th showing three chicks, also a left yellow winged tagged  female marsh harrier, last years female but nesting in a different location. Caught a brief  glimse of a hunting male harrier, and an other Osprey sitting on a dead branch of a small tree, breeding nearby? probably. Inserted some pics of hedgerow flowers that are much more difficult than birds to identify, if you put the mouse pointer on them you will see their names, (well my names for them!) Derek what is the fly on the Himalayan balsam's leaf?

2 Responses to “Osprey Diary 9”

  1. June 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    it`s a st marks fly,or as you may know it better a bibio,a trout`s favourite meal.

  2. Ian June 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    sorry I do not know it at all, well I do now, that is if you are correct ?!

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