Weather excellent, warm all day and with a slight breeze midges were no problem.
Nest 1 visibility was coming and going – at times the view was great and at
other times poor. Occasionally both birds were on the nest, then the male was in
the tree to the left.
Later the male was on the camera pole with the female in the nest
then the reverse occurred. At no time did we spot a fish being delivered
although the action on the nest suggested that we had missed that. Other
than general movement on and around the nest it was a pretty normal day.
On Nest 2 the day started with both birds on the nest and the male feeding the
chicks, what a lovely sight. The male then left the nest and the chicks were
very active with wing flapping etc. The female continued to feed the chicks
and did a bit of housekeeping around the nest. The female left the nest but
quickly returned and settled down on the chicks for a short siesta. The
female then fed herself and seemed to encourage one chick to feed from a
large piece in her mouth. Later we saw the largest chick feeding itself
from the tail of the fish. The female then left the nest for a break and on
her return the chicks were very active, standing, walking and excessive wing
flapping. The male then returned to the nest with a good fish leaving the
female to feed the chicks.
We had an interesting day with people showing lots of engagement; periods
of hordes of people alternated with quiet spells. In total we dealt with 140 visiting
adults and children.
Don, Christine and Ian
Don is right, there were a couple of deliveries of fish to Nest 1; the ‘long view’ camera screened at Kielder Castle Cafe caught the events. There will be further detail of Sunday’s events and some new Nest 2 video later.