As the Watch was setting up it was raining, and continued to do so until mid afternoon. Visibility was almost zero with just the faint outline of the nest visible at times. No sign of anything moving and no sign of anything flying. Around 2.30pm the rain subsided significantly and almost perfect viewing conditions existed for a while. No heat haze, clear view. We clearly saw one osprey sitting on the nest with white head popping up and down, and the other on a tree to the left. At around 3 o’clock the tree osprey took off and landed on the nest, perching on the edge opposite the camera pole. near 4pm this one took off again and gave us a lovely view as, wings spread it flew skyward before heading to its tree perch again. That was it though. The water was badly disturbed so no chance of fishing for the day, very much a case for both of them of just sitting and waiting out the rain. Apart from the odd chaffinch, pied wagtail, oystercatchers and a crow no birds were flying at all.
Overall around 50 hardy souls braved the weather to have a look through the scopes and several were watching when the flights took place. Hopefully this was a ‘one off’ as regards the weather and future sessions will be rewarded with better views and drier days.
Report from Roger, Christine and Nick
Poor Roger and co, his e-mail with the Report was headed “I am damp”! The first ‘not so good’ weather day at Kielder Osprey Watch, but the silver lining was those views in mid-afternoon. The osprey in the tree to the left was almost certainly the male, YA, who does rather less incubating than his brother 37 on Nest 2.
At the Northumberland County Show in a mock hide a video loop of the season so far was rather better protected from the weather, and ospreys were guaranteed! Many visitors were interested by the history of our ospreys and some will hopefully get better weather if they make the trip to Kielder. At the moment it sounds more promising for next weekend, and because the Nest 2 eggs should start to hatch, drier and warm weather is highly desirable.