Sad news from the UK

8 August 2022

It is a beautiful sunny day with clear skies on the Canadian Prairies but it is raining tear drops in the UK this morning.

This is a very early posting – longer one for this evening – to acknowledge the loss and sorrow. The chicks at Poole Harbour made history when their eggs were laid, when they hatched, and then fledged. It is a great loss. Sadly, the Goshawks are also being reintroduced. Their are formidable enemies of the osprey if you have ever witnessed an attack.

H52 the osplet that was attacked by the Goshawk on the Poole Harbour nest has, sadly, died.

The attack that took H52’s life:

At the Loch Garten nest, IC1 passed away this morning after being ill for a couple of days.

IC1 watching IC2 return from a flight yesterday.

Condolences go out to both Loch Garten and Poole Harbour – to the Osprey families and all their followers. This is just tragic news in a growling list of young osprey deaths in 2022.

Thank you for joining me. I am so sorry to bring you such sad news.

Thank you for their streaming cams where I took these screen captures.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Tremendously sad news this morning loosing both ospreys.❤️❤️ May both Rest In Peace. 🙏🙏May God protect the rest who are still there. 🙏❤️
    Thanks for this update Mary Ann

    1. It is always so sad…and even sadder when they are fledging and are lost. As B says, H52 was so lucky. He had the best of care any osprey could have.

  2. B says:

    Sad news today indeed. So sorry for 5H2 and IC1. And for all the others on that growing list. Thanks to Poole Harbor for getting 5H2 to care quickly, so we knew he had the best chance possible.

    1. You are so right – they got there as quickly as they could and got the best care imaginable for H52. Those darn Goshawks wait…and it was a juvenile female apparently. She probably landed around there by accident..They will do a necroscopy on 1C1. I hope the results are reported publicly. It has always been a mystery since Big on Captiva passed mysteriously. But, yes, sad,, sad news. There are so few Ospreys in the UK compared to the US that each lost – and especially at these two nests – well. It is heart breaking.

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