New volunteers, Martin and David, were well and truly “blooded “ today with over 160 visitors – and no working screens inside or outside the Boat Inn and limited views from the scopes! (Note: the link to the nestcam on Nest 2 wasn’t working at either Kielder Castle Cafe or the Boat Inn on Sunday.) We relied solely on our enthusiasm and knowledge of the story of the Ospreys to enchant the visitors! (Note from Joanna – this was working when I popped in for a while in the morning, well done team!)
We had a couple from Perth, Australia, who said they were avid followers of all the UK Osprey blogs and webcams. There were many visitors from other parts of the UK and a large supply of children most of whom seemed interested in the Osprey story. One of which kept saying “Cool” all the time. (Big brownie points there!)
Our only encounter with a “real” Osprey today was a viewing of one above the Reservoir at about 11.30am, which looked magnificent (through binoculars) circling on the thermals for a while. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.) The views from the scopes were very limited with the heat haze and our female on Nest 1 was not really visible from Leaplish although a visitor did report that she saw an Osprey fly in from the right and land on the nest on one occasion. Our bird fest for the day was from a few buzzards who came at various times and distances to entertain us particularly at 3pm flying high above us but disappeared without incident. We also had a ‘fly past’ from 4 ducks.
We were blessed with a wonderful day weather wise with just enough breeze to keep the midges at bay!!
Joyce, Martin and David
Readers intending to visit the Northumberland County Show on Bank Holiday Monday might like to call in to the Glorious Northumberland tent where they will be able to see video and stills of the Kielder Ospreys and talk to some of the Osprey Watch volunteers.