Alan Poole’s talk on why Ospreys are special and some other news tidbits from Ospreyland

LR1 at Loch of the Lowes fledged! Only one more to go for NC0 and Laddie (LM12). Here is the big moment:

John Williams has been trying to figure out where Dylan is getting his nice trout for the Lyn Clywedog Nest. Today, our sleuth detective, reports that an unringed male was seen leaving Nant y Moch Reservoir at 9:55 carrying a fish. The bird was flying in the direction of Llyn Clywedog. Williams watched the streaming cam and sure enough Dylan landed 25 minutes later with a trout on the nest for the Only Bob. I am certain Seren Blue5F was pleased too.

We know that Dylan is going to go as the crow flies – straight from Nanty-y-Moch Reservoir to Clywedog. But, wow. That is a good distance to travel for trout! Apparently there are too many people fishing for trout at the end of the Clywedog Reservoir and that could be the reason he is travelling so far. I am in awe.

Here is Seren Blue 5F feeding Only Bob that lovely fish:

I wanted to bring Blue 5F up today so you can see how well she is doing on this nest at Clywedogs with Dylan. Look at that lovely chick! I had a fantastic conversation with Tiger Mozone late last night. We talked about all things Osprey but one thing that Tiger mentioned early on is that Ospreys are not bonded to one another for life. It might appear that way and you have read over and over that they “bond for life”. Tiger had so many examples that it made perfect sense that they do not. So here is the thing with Blue 5F. Blue 5F hatched in Rutland in 2012. Chris Wood regularly sees her at the Tanji Marsh in Africa where she winters. She came to Glaslyn in 2015.

Aran, the mate of Mrs G, took a liking to Blue 5F and they mated in 2015. Eggs were laid on the Traeth Glaslyn Nest but as the Glaslyn Osprey News notes, “once the chicks hatched on the Glaslyn Nest he gradually lost interest” in Blue 5F and the future of their eggs. According to Glaslyn records and Tiger this went on for four years! I really hope right about now you are thinking about Iris and Louis. But, Blue 5F decided she didn’t like that arrangement so, she left! And she found the nest at Llyn Clwedog in 2020 where she is quite happy. Last year her and Dylan raised three male chicks to fledge when his regular mate did not return. This year they have the Only Bob! Give the girl a hand of applause! The entire issue of Aran and Blue 5F brought in discussions of how close nest platforms should be to one another. It might well be that they want to look into this again at Glaslyn. I am not entirely sure that the blue banded bird after Aran at the Cob was not Z2 Aeron from the Pont Croesor Nest. Time will tell if Aeron Z2 is trying to take over the Glaslyn territory.

Alan Poole, the author of Ospreys. The Revival of a Global Raptor did a 45 minute YouTube talk with nice visuals on Ospreys. It is definitely worth watching – you will learn something. You can stop and start!

Thanks for stopping in. I hope that you have a lovely weekend. Take the time to listen to Alan Poole’s talk. I think you will really enjoy it.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams: Llyn Clywedog and Carnyx Wildlife. Thanks to Tiger for the great conversation and to John Williams for tracking the travels of the trout!


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you so much Mary Ann Steggles for the newsletter on Alan Poole’s story on the ospreys. It was very interesting to read . The updates on the young ospreys
    Was so wonderful to hear! I think they are very beautiful and special too!

  2. Oh, glad you enjoyed it. It is always nice to sit back and watch an expert talk about these beautiful birds. Sadly, about 1.5 hours ago I got a note that the two ringed big Osprey chicks in Latvia had been killed by the goshawk that has been intruding around the nest. So so sad.

    1. LindaKontol says:

      Oh no! I read the goshawk got one chick and it was sad but I didn’t know it got the other one! 😢😢❤️❤️🙏🙏

      1. I got word of the first one and then a note came through from T in Strasbourg that the goshawk came back for the second. I did not see this myself but my source is very trustworthy.

      2. Linda Kontol says:

        Mary Ann it must be very sad for the parents to come to the nest and their chicks are gone. 😢
        Also the Booted Eagles of Spain the goshawk got one of the two as well tonight with mom in the nest 😢I’m so praying it doesn’t get the other one.

  3. T mentioned the Spanish nest, too. This is all so sad. The Ospreys have talons to carry fish not fight with eagles.

    1. Mail! says:

      Yes that is right Mary Ann. I hope we don’t hear any more sad news enough for one day. 🙏

      Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail for iPad

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