9A continues to be a ‘nestie’. He is improving his flap technique jumping a little higher every day and trying to eat everything that Mum and Dad can throw at him. KL is continuing to be a good Mum and is bringing back her own catch for him- many osprey mothers do not want to share. Dad also brings back fish for both chicks although 8A often takes his away now to eat.
Eating and exercise, it’s all a race to for survival into the autumn and being fit for the long migration. No less taxing is that of many of our cliff nesting birds. St.Bee’s are the breeding grounds for this colony of guillemots and razor bills. At the beginning of July it is a thriving sea-bird city but by now it will be largely deserted, with the young birds fledged and making their way out into the wild Atlantic.These chicks leave the nest and glide down into the sea, slowing their fall by fluttering as they are not yet able to fly. Once the young chick has left the nest, the male is in close attendance for up to two months. The chicks are able to fly roughly two weeks after fledging. Up until then the male feeds and cares for the chick at sea. In its migration south the chick swims about 1,000 km (620 mi)