Tiny Little lands 3 fish for the day!

At one time there was fear that Tiny Little Bob, the itsy bitsy third hatch on the Foulshaw Moss Osprey nest would perish.

The top image is from 12 June. You can see how large 462 and 464 are at the time. There is our Tiny Little Bob sitting up looking over them.

This image is from 30 June. Tiny Little Bob has grow but is still shy and waits to eat. At this time, the banders cannot tell if 463 is a male or a female because of the lack of food and growth.

Today is 13 August. It might be hard for some to believe but Tiny Little now controls the nest. She is a big bird – the dominant bird – on the Foulshaw Moss Osprey Nest. Tiny Little has take three fish today. The first one at 6:08 am, the first fish to land on the nest today. Then she gets the fish at 16:16. And then, she snags the fish and is eating at 19:48. This is quite a change in status for a bird that people thought would die because the others were so large and cruel.

Long time readers know of my interest in the third hatch (or a tiny second that battled with a large first when there was no third). This year alone we have seen Tiny Tot (Tumbles) rise from the near dead several times on the Achieva Osprey Nest to grow into an aggressive survivor. Other researchers have sent me stories about other third hatches who came back strong. If you know of any, please do not write to me.

This is the best news of the day. Thanks for joining me for this very short newsletter. The voting closes at Collins Marsh today for the name of their Osprey. A very kind Wisconsin DNR Biologist has sent me their 2020 report on Bald Eagles and Ospreys. I will report on that tomorrow. And there is one other piece of good news. Idris had been missing on the Dyfi Nest since Wednesday the 11th at 13:16. This morning he showed up with a big fish for one of his fledglings. He had an extremely empty crop. Wonder what happened? This is great news as Telyn would have to delay her migration if he did not show up. A few Osprey adults have gone missing for a couple of days. Are they getting caught in something line line or netting?

Take care everyone!

Thanks to the Cumbrian Wildlife Trust and the Foulshaw Moss Osprey Nest and the Dyfi Osprey Project for their streaming cam where I took my screen shots.


  1. Salliane says:

    Hi Mary
    Another great newsletter! So glad for Tiny Tot/Tumbles and Tiny Little for showing us that even the smallest can survive. It was a nail biting season but turned out well for these 2

    That photo of Idris is concerning. This O has a family internal drive to take care of the chicks and its mate. Awesome pair at Dfyi!! I hope Idris will be able to get another fish for himself.

    1. It was a real nail-biting season this year – you said that perfectly! The fact that Idris crop was sunken really worries me, also. He needs to be building up his fat to go to Africa, too. The missing – where was he? was he caught in something? Idris is diligent – it really makes you wonder. Hopefully, he will get some food for him quickly!

    2. Linda Kontol says:

      Wonderful! You go Tiny Little! You are so much like number 3 Tumbles ! So good to know Idris is back and ok. After he gets everyone in the family a fish I hope he will remember he needs one too! Wow! What an awesome dad he is !
      Thanks Mary Ann for these update newsletter on our birds. It could be a short newsletter but it is a very enjoyable one as well! Look forward to the next!

      1. Linda, you are so observant. They do look alike!!!!!!!! I went back and looked. I hope that they both do so well. Looking forward to hearing about Tiny Little since she is tagged. I so wish we knew where Tiny Tot (Tumbles) is and how she is doing. They need to send us postcards!

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