With trepidation after the gale force winds of Sunday and Monday, I was fully aware that the eyrie might not be there in it's entirety. It was, and at 5.30am my erratic blood pressure was calmed by the sight of her on the eyrie and him perched nearby. What was more the tree sparrows, both of them, were moving in and out of the eyrie, so I presume now feeding chicks. Two nests in one! Can't report anything much happening in the next hour. However on the Sunday I went out twice and in very windy conditions, saw the male over the river and he disappeared from view, however within half an hour he flew with difficulty at tree height with a largish fish. Straight to the eyrie he flew and delivered the fish, stood around, she cautiously got off, wings out for balance, he flew off out of my sight but nearby. Now I knew they had a chick or chicks but here was a chance for a head count. At 60x magnification with a gale blowing it is not the best time to observe. However she did feed what I believe she has, a single chick. I was worried that the wind would reduce the fish he caught but she fed herself and the chick in 15 mins and settled back to brood, he then came back to the eyrie and was off with what was the major part of the fish. So it appears he is providing enough. In the nettle sward were plenty of red soldier beetles, a scorpion fly, a lacewing and a very elusive to my camera, a small copper butterfly, also a tiny yellow and black beetle which I put on Ispot. Seems its not a beetle but a bug, a mirid bug.

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