The Glaslyn osprey nest is now home to three beautiful downy white chicks. The final egg hatched on Sunday morning to the applause, whoops and cheers of 30 or more visitors in the centre. The egg had broken fairly neatly and the domes of both ends, with a clear, sticky coating inside could clearly be seen. The little chick was wriggling in the bottom of the nest, blissfully unaware of all the nervous energy that had been focused on it from down on the ground over the last 6 weeks. The egg tooth that the chick used to chip its way out of the shell has done its job now and is no longer needed. It will grow out gradually over the coming days. Indeed, it's no longer possible to make out an egg tooth on either of the two older chicks.Grow they most certainly will, especially with the amount of food that 'Dad' is bringing back. Since the third chick arrived, his instinct to provide has gone into overdrive and he has delivered a glut of fish to the nest. At one point, he was over one side of the nest feeding the chicks with rainbow trout whilst his partner was over the other side, feeding them a piece of mullet left over from earlier in the day. We haven't seen them do this feeding double act before - normally we would expect only the female to be feeding them at this early stage. The male is as keen as mustard though and even brought the rainbow trout straight to the nest without first sitting on a nearby tree to remove and eat the head - he's Super-Dad.In the next week or so, the chicks will start to lose the white bristly down that they have, with lots of white skin showing through, and will start to grow proper feathers. They will keep these feathers until they moult next year. We have seen a few stray primary adult feathers in the nest over the last week or so. This is probably a sign of the adult female moulting and growing new ones. This happens a feather or two at a time but now is a particularly good time for her to do this, as she isn't flying much at the moment and she will need to be at her peak by the time she migrates back to Afirca, probably in early August.Speaking of flying, the chicks are having an easy time lolling around at the moment but all of their growing and learning over the next 8 weeks will be building up to the moment when they waddle to the edge of the nest and plunge off to take their first flights. But, it's way too soon to think of that yet. Let's just enjoy them for the moment, whilst they're still tiny little fluff-balls - they don't stay little for long...Over the coming bank holiday (26, 27 and 28 May), we are holding a community weekend at the osprey viewing site. There will be stalls with local crafts and produce on sale, a chance to meet local organisations, or take part in competitions and children's activities. Oh yes, and see the ospreys of course!
Just like on any other day here at the viewing centre, it's completely free of charge and will be a great chance to see the newly complete osprey family. Looking forward to seeing you.