Despite valiant efforts by the Forestry Commission Radio Branch to resolve issues with some of the kit providing the link from Nest 2 to Kielder Castle Cafe and the Boat Inn at Leaplish, all the problems will not be fixed until early next week. This is particularly disappointing for humans because Nest 2 hatching should commence any time. However, the ospreys will only care about the weather, which seems likely to be reasonable for the hatching period, and the safe arrival of their offspring. And ultimately the ospreys are what matters.
Meanwhile on Nest 1, YA has been spending rather more time visiting the nest in the last couple of days. He also incubated the eggs on Friday afternoon for longer than usual. It wasn’t clear from the ‘long view’ camera whether he had a fish when he came in to the nest. Mrs YA flew off and was gone some time. On her return she had a reasonably large fish, so either YA had caught a whopper and she was bringing him the remains after having had her lunch, or she had fished herself. This is a little unusual during incubation, and Mrs YA hasn’t been seen to hunt herself previously.
After Mrs YA returned to the eggs YA came back and forth to the nest but unlike his brother 37, he didn’t bring sticks to build up the sides ready for the chicks’ arrival. His predecessor on Nest 1 was not a great nest builder either – this could reflect the large size of the platform, which is significantly bigger than Nest 2.
There is probably just over a week to the first hatching on Nest 1. Exciting times ahead, even with the more limited camera coverage. Osprey Watch will run at Leaplish from 11.00 to 16.30 this weekend and on Wednesday, when scopes will enable visitors to get glimpses of the incubating bird and the impressive sight of the other osprey landing on the nest from time to time. And possibly an osprey or two hunting over the water!
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