Weather again!

Snow sweeps across in front of Nest 1 (c) Forestry Commission

Snow sweeps across in front of Nest 1
(c) Forestry Commission

It isn’t surprising the weather is such a discussion point; on Monday there was something from most seasons in a few hours! Rain, hail and sleet were mixed in with sunshine which felt warm out of the “breeze”. Some of the snow showers were heavy and the ospreys hunkered low on their eggs to protect them. The long view camera covering Nest 1 shows how snowy it was there. You can see the osprey’s head above the nest edge left of centre when you click to enlarge the image.

Mrs 37 tries to get back on the eggs (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs 37 tries to get back on the eggs
(c) Forestry Commission

On Nest 2 it was as bad at times and the nestcam lens misted over completely for a while. When it cleared in mid afternoon 37 was doing a stint on the eggs. Mrs 37 came back, ready to take over, but he wasn’t keen to give way until she nudged him off. There is a new video showing the event, viewable here.

There is great news from the Glaslyn Osprey Project – our males were born at Glaslyn and they have a new sibling! Their parents’ first egg of the season hatched yesterday evening. It is also the first hatch recorded in the UK in 2013. Maybe we’ll see him or her at Kielder in a few years!

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3 Responses to Weather again!

  1. viv blake says:

    Poor birds, poor watchers! We have a gale here, too, so my sympathy goes out to you.

  2. I saw one flying over the waters just when there was a break in the weather. Very lucky as we had just arrived.

    • joannadailey says:

      You were very lucky indeed, many visitors don’t see an osprey hunting during their Kielder visit. A great memory for you!

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