Quick update from the frozen North!

Easter? More like Christmas on the snowy hill behind Nest 1. (c) Joanna Dailey

Easter? More like Christmas on the snowy hill behind Nest 1. (c) Joanna Dailey

It has been quite bitter at Kielder, with the windchill factor having an effect today especially. Since Saturday there have been a few sightings of an osprey flying over the water. One was by some holidaymakers who were fortunate to see it carrying a fish. But intermittent observations of Nest 1, usually the first to be re-occupied, haven’t revealed any ospreys on or near the nest. The bird(s) seen may be immature(s) rather than any of the breeding birds, or en route elsewhere.

Meanwhile White YA, who seems likely to be last years’ Nest 1 male, managed to get under the nets again yesterday at Blagdon Lake! At least he had a large trout with him. But he looked somewhat the worse for wear on release. You’d think he’d learn. Later update: he didn’t. Another release required late afternoon Monday. There is a very interesting blog by Paul Wildlifewriter which describes how ospreys need to re-build after migration.

More ospreys are returning, perhaps most remarkably the adult female some call Lady at Loch of the Lowes, for her 23rd year in succession! She ousted a young pretender in the process so fight in her yet. Not that she had to try hard.

At Kielder the solar panels providing power for the nestcam feeds haven’t been receiving much sun but at least they aren’t snow covered now. When the nestcams are up and running regular readers of the blog or visitors to Kielder will really notice the improved quality – just see the “before” and “after”!

Click on either of the images to enlarge them.

A shot from the 2012 nestcam. Image from the Forestry Commission camera

A shot from the 2012 nestcam. Image from the Forestry Commission camera

The new HD nestcam for Nest 1. Image from the Forestry Commission camera

The new HD nestcam for Nest 1. Image from the Forestry Commission camera

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2 Responses to Quick update from the frozen North!

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