There has been some activity on and around the nest this weekend at Kielder Nest 1.
On Saturday, a large fish was delivered shortly after 14.00 and Blue 6H was a happy juvenile! Still working on it an hour and a bit later s/he was annoyed to find a crow landing! Later on Mrs YA landed for a while. But on Sunday there was no sign of her. Has she started her migration? We’ve thought that before, but it will be very soon if not already.
Just before 10.00 on Sunday YA brought a sizeable trout to the nest. Blue 6H ate but flew off with quite a lot remaining. The crows came in again, but at least they didn’t take the fish away this time!
Nothing much happened early afternoon until David from Stakeford, near Ashington, came into Kielder Castle Cafe expecting to see a new fish on the nest. Why? He, his wife and friends had been on the Lakeside Way at the shallow end of Kielder Water and had seen an osprey with a large fish flying off towards the Nest 1 area after a bit of a struggle with it! David and companions settled down to have some refreshments, slightly crestfallen, although the likelihood was that YA was ‘taking care of ‘ the head and top part of the fish before dropping into the nest. And so it proved to be, as YA landed with a pretty sizeable trout, attracting Blue 6H in from a nearby spot. Even though a large chunk of the morning fish was available, Blue 6H is a fan of ‘as fresh as they come’ it seems!
David, wife and friends were rightly thrilled to think they had followed a bit of the story through. He regretted not having his camera with him, but David, you’ll have those memories of the osprey and fish forever.
Here are images from the weekend. Click to enlarge, as usual.