The high wind mentioned in the last post was but a breeze compared with today’s wild weather. Gusts of over 60mph at lower levels in the Kielder area, higher at the nest sites. A tree came down on the main road to Kielder, although it was removed very quickly by the Forestry Commission.
The nestcams showed the effects of the gales on the ospreys and their homes. YA spent part of the day on his nest, Nest 1, rather than in the comparative shelter of nearby trees. However he soon decided hunkering down rather than standing was the order of the day. Nest 1 has always been less ‘built up’ than Nest 2 and offers less protection.
All 37’s efforts to put as many sticks and twigs on the sides of his home as possible suffered a setback as the wind caused significant re-arrangement! It may look a mess but given 37’s zeal it should be spick and span again when the weather allows. Both Nest 2 ospreys were seen nearby. It is fortunate that no eggs were on the nest or they could have been damaged.
Fishing will have been tricky; Kielder Water resembled the sea, not a reservoir. However plenty of fish was consumed yesterday so even if fishing trips are unsuccessful today, the ospreys will be fine.