As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

CUMBRIA NEST CAMERA ALLOWS BIRD FANS TO SEE OSPREY CHICKS


Last updated at 15:11, Friday, 04 July 2014

IT’S the Kodak moment you don’t want to miss – capturing the newborn. But that’s exactly what Cumbria Wildlife Trust had to contend with before announcing the arrival of their first osprey chicks.

THESE spectacular birds of prey arrived at Foulshaw Moss from West Africa in late March and April. 

The fish-eating birds are catching prey from the estuary between Arnside and Milnthorpe. You can get to the reserve straight off the A590 near Witherslack.

There is a small car park and the nest can be seen from a new viewing point. There is a short walk around a boardwalk and a platform with lovely views of the whole nature reserve. 

Binoculars are essential and the adults can clearly be seen bringing back several fish a day to feed the chicks. Keep up to date with the Foulshaw Moss osprey viewpoint blog as the chicks grow rapidly and eventually fledge.Unfortunately a glitch with the nest camera at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve meant the trust couldn’t confirm the eagerly-anticipated news until it had evidence.

Now that the osprey nest camera is back online, three healthy chicks are clearly visible.

Andrea Simpson, publications officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s been so exciting for us. At first the camera was taking photos pretty much in the dark. For a good couple of weeks, even though the behaviour was indicating there were chicks, we didn’t have conclusive photographic evidence. When we got those definitive pictures we were thrilled.”

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