A young Osprey spends the first seven or eight weeks of its life confined within the nest. At two weeks old the youngsters can move around the nest and after a month they are very active preening and exercising their wings. Gradually the wing-flapping increases until they are able to lift a little off the nest, called ‘helicoptering’ and then take their hesitant first flight. A brood of 3 Osprey chicks requires up to 6 pounds of fish each day.
For at least two weeks after they have fledged, the young Osprey return to their nest for food brought in by their parents. Usually the young stay in the area, close to the nest site, as they improve their skill in the air, before they then begin to make attempts to catch a fish for themselves.
Spring 2016 - We will be watching carefully to see when this years eggs are laid.