“What is so rare as a day in June.
Then if ever come perfect days.” (J.R.Lowell)
For you, SUNSHINE, I will see that the opening welcome for the June Gabfest is posted promptly on time.
Black Jaguar’s Charity Cycle from Loch Garten to Rutland Water was run in April, but the last donation came in on May l5. With a smile on his face, Jag carried on through heavy traffic and lonely roads, through wind, rain, lightning and floods and even a ghostly inn. His persistence, courage and cheerfulness inspired 105 osprey lovers to part with £2106 of their hard-earned money, all for the benefit of Loch Garten Ospreys.
May 16th, 18th and 22nd brought us three adorable bobbleheads, who are currently growing like weeds. Through atrocious weather of rain, snow & sleet, EJ and Odin continued to be the marvelous parents we have always known them to be.
With the first anniversary of The Gabfest fast approaching, now seems to be the time for a review of topics which have been popular on this thread, especially as there has recently been many questions as to “appropriateness”. A list of these topics will follow in separate posts.
THE GABFEST was born in the midst of controversy on the Main Blog. A new thread was started, we gathered and posted freely. Others joined us and we grew. We became known as the thread of freedom, of information, and of fun and nonsense where any topic of general interest was OK and everyone was welcome. We prospered and became the great thread that we are today.
In short, the Gabfest is a lighthearted chat thread, where you can get news from all over without skipping from thread to thread.
Already, at 3:48 a.m., it is daylight on the nest and the cuckoo is calling nearby. I am beginning to understand why they call this bird a "cuckoo". Enough of that calling could drive one "cuckoo" for sure. EJ sits quietly on her wiggly partly visible brood.
Another new month, can you believe it's June already,!!! where does the time go ?
Thank-you June for a great opening to a new month.
Intruder alert !!! EJ saw off an Osprey that tried to land on the nest then Odin came back & stood on the nest protecting his family, he has now flown off again hopefully to get breakfast, another dull misty start to the day. the Cuckoo is still calling.
EJ is up on the edge of the nest calling for Odin,the chicks are alert & lined up
wee 3 is in prime position at the front,
right on cue Odin brings a brown trout for breakfast
After a little tussle wee 3 is pushed to the back, chick 1 & 2 feed for a while,
wee 3 eventually pushes forward again & is having a feed, EJ is such a good mum!!!
Good morning all,
June this is your month, sometimes know as "Flaming June" both for the heat generated and maybe with some irony as sometimes there is a lack of heat generated.
Thank you for such a great opening to the new thread.
Sugar, I've not looked in at the nest today yet, but it seems from your reports that wee 3 is managing to stand his/her ground and get some food. EJ and Odin are showing the experience they have... As compared to the events at Dyfi..
Thank you June for your great opening blog.-I can't beleive almost a year has past since the Gabfest was born. W'eve certainly had some good times here and even though I was absent over the winter, I was still made very welcome on my return as with all gabbers.
All quiet on the nest at present--thanks Sugar for letting us know the chicks have fed this morning. EJ standing up preening giving a good view of the little ones, though they're not so little any more. The heads of the two eldest have darkened somewhat over the last couple of days and as I type Chick 1 is trying to have 'a go' at chick 2 but he's decided to lay low--very wise. Baby chick lies blotto until chick 1 now decides to attack the baby, but he too lays low--good tactic.! Baby chick still seems very small compared to his siblings but I know that he/she's been well fed--maybe it's a HE and the other two SHEs?
Forecast for Scotland is dry for the Jubilee weekend--hurrah.
The 2 bigger chicks have just woken up again, they are so comical,
they woddle around then square up to each, 1 pics on 2 who moves away & goes back to sleep,so 1 then pokes sleeping 3 who stands up for itself they have a little tussle, 3 tries to sleep again, 1 does a little preening, it's learning quickly, just have to get its balance right as it preens it tail end it nearly falls over backwards, lol
they change so much over night, they are starting to get some coloured feathers now, 1 is definitely getting a red head. EJ now off for a fly about.
Dyfi chicks have had a good feed this morning.
EJ is back
I love watching the chicks, as you say they are changing so quick,
i love the way they sit & stretch their little necks up to look over the bowl of the nest, its so cute, !!!
I was night shift last night and didn't get nearly half of what I should have done, done yesterday... So I am not going to watch today... I migt get some housey stuff done and manage a sleep too...
Good news on the nest then, all seems to be going as well as we could have wished.
I'm away now... BFN/TTFN.
June,thanks for the great opening to a new month.
BJ,no flaming June here it is raining and cold.
Cuckoo it at it again,
pictured on the stills camera
Hello Sugar, yes, as I've commented before, that Cuckoo is certainly trying to make a name for himself. !
wee 3 is at the front, all having a feed
the sun is out at last