Sightings of several different ospreys on the Dyfi estuary over the last week have prompted a flurry of excitement. Some have wondered whether these were the Glaslyn birds on migration already. They're not. The Glaslyn family are all present and correct, and though we are seeing less of them around the nest site now, all four of them are still being seen daily.The Dyfi sightings are more likely to be of other ospreys that didn't manage to pair up this season and are making an early start to Africa. The great news is that the youngsters are finally fishing for themselves! Over the last few days, we have seen the youngest chick - YA - with a whole, live fish, and are fairly certain that he caught this himself.
One good sized fish each a day would be sufficient for them at the moment. The youngsters have also begun finding their own favourite feeding trees and roosting trees - they are no longer spending nights in the nest. From now on, it is pretty difficult to keep track of them, as they are so independent.Migration is getting closer and we expect the adult female will be the first to leave in about a week to ten days time. The male can be expected to head off toward the end of august, whilst the youngsters will be the last to leave at the very start of September. These are just approximate timings of course, based on their season so far and their departure last year.Their migration path is quite a journey. It will probably take them down the west coast of Wales, then through France, Spain and Portugal to West Africa, where they will stay over the winter. Actually, the youngsters will stay there for several years, until they are ready to return to the UK (hopefully even to the Glaslyn!) and breed.But, for now, they're all still here and there's a lovely holiday spirit at the viewing site. It actually feels like summer here today - glorious sunshine, clear blue sky and a perfect view of Snowdon from the viewing site.Since the summer break began we have had lots of families stopping by as part of their holidays and it's been great to see the reaction of children when they spot the ospreys - sometimes it's the first glimpse of an osprey they have ever had. Even the birds are taking a lazy holiday approach to life at the moment, often spending hours just perched in the trees, soaking up the sun. This is the life!