Osprey Watch Report: 15 June 2013 and Nest Update

Just as we were going out torrential rain strikes (c) Joanna Dailey

Just as we were going out torrential rain strikes
(c) Joanna Dailey

The eager volunteers were all ready to set up early when monsoon type rain dampened their enthusiasm! Fortunately that was the heaviest shower of the day, although there were plenty of short sharp ones, including some of hail, necessitating covering equipment then dashing for shelter. About 85 visitors had mainly very clear views of the Nest 1 area, particularly when it was sunny. We were honoured by a visit from Sally Hutt, blog founder, and various family and friends. One of the party hailed from China so we can’t quite understand what she wrote on our visitor sheet!

The Hutt family visitors (c) Sally Hutt

The Hutt family visitors
(c) Sally Hutt

The female’s head was more in sight than previously during Osprey Watch, presumably because she now has chicks not eggs to shelter. The male YA wasn’t visible as much as on Friday but he was either on the camera pole or in one of two trees to the left of the nest for part of the day. At about 12.15 he arrived on the nest and Mrs YA appeared to be feeding a chick or chicks as there was a lot of head bobbing. Again at about 14.20 he was present on the nest and Mrs YA was standing and bending down. So possibly two feeds.

The greatest excitement was a spectacular dogfight between YA and a crow which had the temerity to fly towards the nest. Up shot YA and there were a series of steep climbs, swoops and twists by the pair before the crow gave up. Unfortunately no visitors were present; they missed a wonderful aerial display.

Margaret, Paul and Joanna

Nest 2 Update

Mrs 37 shelters her growing threesome (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs 37 shelters her growing threesome
(c) Forestry Commission

On Nest 2, when the camera stream went live the chicks were feeding. They are getting so much fish that they almost can’t cope, and were spitting some out! They crashed out for a bit. Mrs 37 has trouble covering them now so when it rained bits of nestling could often be seen oozing out! In the hardest showers she stretched and spread her wings to shelter them – a good mother indeed.

Feeding time again (c) Forestry Commission

Feeding time again
(c) Forestry Commission

Late morning saw a bout of stick fetching by both 37 and Mrs 37. Several times the dozing chicks were roused by a twig landing on them! About 13.00 Mrs 37 was eating the stringy remains of a fish. Surely 37 could bring her something better! He did: around 14.45 an extremely large fish was almost dragged onto the nest by 37. Catching that one must have been a spectacle. The chicks had a feed before 37 came in and took what was still most of the fish away. He returned with not quite as much of it later! Chick 3 is now nearly as dark grey as his elder siblings and seems to be eating more than them.

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3 Responses to Osprey Watch Report: 15 June 2013 and Nest Update

  1. viv blake says:

    I hope my family enjoyed the experience as much as I do.

    • joannadailey says:

      They seemed to be having a good time although there wasn’t much to see on Nest 1 when they were there, Viv. I wish you’d seen the YA v crow non contest as I think you’d have been inspired to write a poem about the superb manoeuvres.

  2. thehutts says:

    We had a great time thank you. After leaving the osprey watch we visited the Red Squirrel hide where there were 2 of them and a greater spotted woodpecker. Duncan then showed us a basking adder and we ended up at Kielder castle cafe. A red squirrel popped up for a quick feed at the squirrel feeder on the window and there was more osprey activity on the web cam to be enjoyed.

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