May 7th by Ian under Bird Watching


7th of May and the ospreys are not incubating, still copulating. I expect some day soon she will lay and start incubating. She also has some binder twine around her left foot that I hope she gets off, maybe by dragging her feet in the water. They seem to have a penchant for orange binder twine as it is in several strands on the outside of the eyrie. I guess they pick it up as nest liner and throw it out when it becomes an agent of tangle. I saw the male twist his head skyward and utter several tuuit calls, when I looked in the sky, only discernible  with binos, was another osprey. Not low enough for chase, I guess, but in the wrong bit of sky for comfort, he/she flew off to the west. Heard blackcap, sedge warbler, chiffchaff and willow warbler, also heard long tailed tit, blue tit and great tit, never seen this before; 4 Jays in a pack and not screeching either. Buzzards as ever present and complaining about my presence, but today there was two of them in close proximity, a pair? they like the ospreys not incubating yet? looks like the geese and the whoopers have gone. About thirty non breeding mute swans around, heard a lone curlew, will someone one day hear the last one?

One Response to “Osprey diary 4, 2018”

  1. May 10, 2018 at 7:56 am

    on the 9th of May she was sitting in the nest cup, so egg laying should start soon

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