Saturday was a miserable day at Kielder; it rained more or less incessantly. There wasn’t much activity on the nest though the female did pop her head up a few times and once took off to stretch her wings for a minute or two. Early in the day the watch volunteers were treated to spectacular views of the male fishing directly in front of the viewpoint – no binoculars necessary! He headed south towards the dam and sadly that was the last that was seen of him for the day.
The hardy visitors were all enthusiastic and really keen to know more. One mother and son had come all the way from Manchester exclusively to see the ospreys. Luckily they were there when the female stretched her wings, so they weren’t disappointed.
Sunday threatened rain at times but there was some nice sunshine too. Again visitors came from far and wide including some who had been travelling in Scotland for five weeks.
Two heads popped up and down on the nest most of the day meaning that the male was having a bit of a lazy day; at about 3pm he took off and headed away from the dam on a belated errand to get some fish.
Other wildlife included very noisy oystercatchers and the swallows and swifts were extremely energetic and acrobatic.