Posted: Tuesday 27th June 2017 by Emyr MWT

Today we ringed all three chicks.

We have two girls and a boy and to most people's surprise, Bobby Bach turned out to be a female!

The first (oldest) chick was 37 days old today and he weighed 1,520g - right where you'd expect a male to be at.

However, his two younger siblings, both weighing exactly the same, weighed almost 13% more at 1,710g.

Here's the summary with their new names on the right:

 

And if you're wondering how we get to the names, we were delighted to welcome Posh Pete back this year for the Posh Pete Test. 

 

Aeron, Menai and Eitha

I say this almost every year, but when you get to look at these birds from just a few inches away, they defy description. Even 4K cameras don't come close to portraying how beautiful they are. It kind of grabs you, you're bereft of words, just looking at them, staring, agasp how astonishingly beautiful they are.

The whole ringing operation took 46 minutes and Monty and Glesni were off the nest for 55 minutes in total. We also took saliva swabs under license for our osprey DNA research (more on this in a separate blog soon).

Here is a quick bar chart that gives the ringing age (plus overall average) for all the Dyfi chicks:

 

Many people ask whether Monty and Glesni attack us when we're ringing their chicks - they don't. They circle overhead, continually calling to their chicks to 'play dead'. This is their only form of defence against a real predator. Their camouflage mimicry is highly effective at this age, so long as they stay still. It makes our job a lot easier to boot.

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust would like to thank Tony Cross for ringing our ospreys once again this year. His 35 years of experience is evident in everything he does - it's a reassuring feeling and makes you feel 'safe'. The birds are safe in his hands too.

Here are some pictures from today:

Aeron

 

Eitha

 

Monty keeps an eye on us

 

Buccal swabs - tiny amounts of saliva was taken for the DNA research 

 

Aeron ready to go back to his nest

And of course, the Dyfi Ringing video:

Thank you, as always, for all your support.

(Music: Piano Concerto No 2 Andante, by Shostakovitch)

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Comments

    A very simple thanks for another brilliant ringing video.  Hope to see you all in August

    Wednesday 5th July 2017
    by TrishaNic

    Thank you for all that you do for these birds. Lovely blog and video

    Thursday 29th June 2017
    by Jo Rihan

    Wonderful excellent blog, Emyr. Lovely heartwarming video, superb outstanding work by ringer and team (as usual). Absolutely beautiful ospreys - with great names! Thank you for making the wonderful video and for sharing it. And thank you for what you and the DOP team do for the ospreys!!  Whitefeather  

    Wednesday 28th June 2017
    by Whitefeather

    WOW! thank you all for everything you do and thank you for sharing these wonderful birds with us. I am seriously lost for words.

    Wednesday 28th June 2017
    by Helen125

    We're new to the Dyfi nest cameras this year and myself, hubby and our 4 children (10,7,4&3) have been enthralled watching the comings and goings at the nest. My 7 yr old daughter in particular who loves birds has thoroughly enjoyed it! We all watched your blog together last night to see the chicks being ringed and find out their names...you become so attached to them! I have certainly got a severe case of 'ospreyitis' this year... And I suspect it'll be a returning issue!! :-) So I just wanted to add my thanks to a beautiful video allowing us a glimpse into the lives of these truly stunning birds that we'd never get a chance to see otherwise! Your time and effort is not unnoticed. Thank you all DOP! X

    Wednesday 28th June 2017
    by CreationCalls

    What a great Blog Ems...as ever and indeed a surprise to find that 'Bobby Bach' is actually Female. Is the RAF fly past to become a regular feature of ringing days?! Thank you Tony and to all involved. Mike S

    Wednesday 28th June 2017
    by Mike Simmonds

    Beautiful Blog! Many thanks once again to Emyr & all the DOP Team! Every year you all & the work you do & these beautiful birds never cease to amaze!

    Wednesday 28th June 2017
    by FP1

    Thank you so much for the wonderful blog and videos Emyr! The chicks look absolutely stunning. Thank you also for the work that you, the ringers and all the volunteers do to protect these stunningly beautiful birds.  Hats off to you all! leigho  

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by leigho

    Amazing !  Thank you very much. Sofie

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Sofie

    To Emyr, all at DOP and the ringers, thank you for a job so well done. What a privelege it is to witness all you do for these beautiful birds. Thank you for the blog, Emyr, inspirational as ever, had to watch it all three times.

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by JennyMW

    A truly moving video - such perfect young birds. Knowing the attrition rate adds a poignancy to their beauty. May life bless you and keep you safe, Aeron, Menai and Eitha.

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by mara-free

    My word you have done it again with your video Ems, those images of the chicks being ringed are an honour to witness.  What a privelledge to share these proud moments with you and all the people who give up their time willingly to protect these beautiful birds.  I don't think I have ever come accross a person who lives his job,yes lives it. You put your all into everything you do to protect this family and  please don't think for one moment we do not appreciate it.  Thank you so much for making the watching of this family so enjoyable.  

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by valrobson

    Great blog and video, as ever. Thank you all so much for all the care and effort you put in to ensure the best possible care of these beautiful birds. Your enthusiasm is delightfully infectious. Looking forward to our visit to DOP one week today!

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by DaveG

    Amazing! Thank you so much fror sharing this and taking so much care. Monty and Glesni must be pretty relieved to see them back safe and sound. 

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by marganded

    Amazing Video Ems. Thank you Tony for your total care for the birds. Just wonderful to watch. Beautiful to watch xx

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Jan Ellis

    Oh gosh, how beautiful they are. What a special thing to be up close to them. Great video and blog as usual. Love the tesco bag! They won't get advert like that! Lol. 

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Sue Hyde

    Perfect Emyr, you're right, they are extremely beautiful creatures, what a wonderful job you all have at DOP, thank you <3 .

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Random Particle

    Thank you so much, Emyr, for taking time to record and share the ringing with us via your video, it is much appreciated. I love the capture of Aeron, such a beautiful bird.  

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Polly

    That was a fabulous video - the photography was exquisite, and the ringer so careful and respectful to the chicks. Well done, well done!

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by ms. faffer

    Thank you so much for letting usxsee this just beautiful. You all do a marvellous job and the ringers. Lovely birds will be coming down soon to see them all. Kathryn

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Kathryn

    Beautiful and heart warming, thankyou DoP

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Jan

    Wow! 

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Tilly Trotter

    Thank you for the blog and wonderful video. They are such beautiful creatures, quite takes my breath away. x

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by sue g

    Thank you for such a lovely video.  Beautiful birds.  Hope they grow and return in t he fullness of time.

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by GrandmaWales

    Oh my. They are so beautiful. Thank you so much for the video

    Tuesday 27th June 2017
    by Terry

A very simple thanks for another brilliant ringing video.  Hope to see you all in August

Wednesday 5th July 2017
by TrishaNic

Thank you for all that you do for these birds. Lovely blog and video

Thursday 29th June 2017
by Jo Rihan

Wonderful excellent blog, Emyr. Lovely heartwarming video, superb outstanding work by ringer and team (as usual). Absolutely beautiful ospreys - with great names! Thank you for making the wonderful video and for sharing it. And thank you for what you and the DOP team do for the ospreys!!  Whitefeather  

Wednesday 28th June 2017
by Whitefeather

WOW! thank you all for everything you do and thank you for sharing these wonderful birds with us. I am seriously lost for words.

Wednesday 28th June 2017
by Helen125

We're new to the Dyfi nest cameras this year and myself, hubby and our 4 children (10,7,4&3) have been enthralled watching the comings and goings at the nest. My 7 yr old daughter in particular who loves birds has thoroughly enjoyed it! We all watched your blog together last night to see the chicks being ringed and find out their names...you become so attached to them! I have certainly got a severe case of 'ospreyitis' this year... And I suspect it'll be a returning issue!! :-) So I just wanted to add my thanks to a beautiful video allowing us a glimpse into the lives of these truly stunning birds that we'd never get a chance to see otherwise! Your time and effort is not unnoticed. Thank you all DOP! X

Wednesday 28th June 2017
by CreationCalls

What a great Blog Ems...as ever and indeed a surprise to find that 'Bobby Bach' is actually Female. Is the RAF fly past to become a regular feature of ringing days?! Thank you Tony and to all involved. Mike S

Wednesday 28th June 2017
by Mike Simmonds

Beautiful Blog! Many thanks once again to Emyr & all the DOP Team! Every year you all & the work you do & these beautiful birds never cease to amaze!

Wednesday 28th June 2017
by FP1

Thank you so much for the wonderful blog and videos Emyr! The chicks look absolutely stunning. Thank you also for the work that you, the ringers and all the volunteers do to protect these stunningly beautiful birds.  Hats off to you all! leigho  

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by leigho

Amazing !  Thank you very much. Sofie

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Sofie

To Emyr, all at DOP and the ringers, thank you for a job so well done. What a privelege it is to witness all you do for these beautiful birds. Thank you for the blog, Emyr, inspirational as ever, had to watch it all three times.

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by JennyMW

A truly moving video - such perfect young birds. Knowing the attrition rate adds a poignancy to their beauty. May life bless you and keep you safe, Aeron, Menai and Eitha.

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by mara-free

My word you have done it again with your video Ems, those images of the chicks being ringed are an honour to witness.  What a privelledge to share these proud moments with you and all the people who give up their time willingly to protect these beautiful birds.  I don't think I have ever come accross a person who lives his job,yes lives it. You put your all into everything you do to protect this family and  please don't think for one moment we do not appreciate it.  Thank you so much for making the watching of this family so enjoyable.  

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by valrobson

Great blog and video, as ever. Thank you all so much for all the care and effort you put in to ensure the best possible care of these beautiful birds. Your enthusiasm is delightfully infectious. Looking forward to our visit to DOP one week today!

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by DaveG

Amazing! Thank you so much fror sharing this and taking so much care. Monty and Glesni must be pretty relieved to see them back safe and sound. 

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by marganded

Amazing Video Ems. Thank you Tony for your total care for the birds. Just wonderful to watch. Beautiful to watch xx

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Jan Ellis

Oh gosh, how beautiful they are. What a special thing to be up close to them. Great video and blog as usual. Love the tesco bag! They won't get advert like that! Lol. 

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Sue Hyde

Perfect Emyr, you're right, they are extremely beautiful creatures, what a wonderful job you all have at DOP, thank you <3 .

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Random Particle

Thank you so much, Emyr, for taking time to record and share the ringing with us via your video, it is much appreciated. I love the capture of Aeron, such a beautiful bird.  

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Polly

That was a fabulous video - the photography was exquisite, and the ringer so careful and respectful to the chicks. Well done, well done!

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by ms. faffer

Thank you so much for letting usxsee this just beautiful. You all do a marvellous job and the ringers. Lovely birds will be coming down soon to see them all. Kathryn

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Kathryn

Beautiful and heart warming, thankyou DoP

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Jan

Wow! 

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Tilly Trotter

Thank you for the blog and wonderful video. They are such beautiful creatures, quite takes my breath away. x

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by sue g

Thank you for such a lovely video.  Beautiful birds.  Hope they grow and return in t he fullness of time.

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by GrandmaWales

Oh my. They are so beautiful. Thank you so much for the video

Tuesday 27th June 2017
by Terry