Its just not tennis…
The day started quietly with a steady flow of early visitors, no screen available which was disappointing all round but this did not deter the interest of our visitors, some with their own stories of sightings and experiences around the country. Most of our early visitors were from the campsite and all were bearing the scars of the dreaded midge; a light breeze kept the winged pests away from the viewpoint thankfully. There was very little action going on at Nest 1, the male choosing to perch alternatively on the trees either side of the nest platform and for a change sat on a lower branch. As the day wore on the sun was streaming down on us, a real balmy day, how the chick was coping with the heat we couldn’t tell without the camera feed.
We got some feedback from a visitor who had been to Kielder Castle Cafe, just walked in and saw a fish brought in by the male about 13.30. He reported that mum fed the chick instantly but after a few mouthfuls the chick decided to have a snooze. In this heat we felt like that too.
Late on in the afternoon visitor numbers picked up, including a young couple from Cramlington. If you are reading this forgive me for not getting your names. The lady was having difficulty finding the nest, but despite cries of ‘you should have gone to specsavers’, she eventually got her eye in and she admitted to getting hooked! She had bragging rights on seeing buzzards over Blagdon Estate which unfortunately her partner frustratingly hadn’t. Just then a visitor saw a male osprey coming from the right and heading towards the scout camp at Hawkhirst, he circled for a while, appeared to have his eye on a fish but did not descend to the water. I passed my binoculars to the lady to watch this spectacle, she had trouble following him but got him in her sights to see him follow the treeline heading northwest. This appeared to endorse her enthusiasm and make their day. Think we might have a couple more volunteers next year!. Not much more to add other to thank all 87 visitors.
Neil, Mel and Dave
Kielder Castle Cafe staff saw a large fish being eaten on Nest 1 at about 09.30 and that fish kept Mrs YA and chick going much of the day. Mrs YA did stay on the nest most of the day and when she did one of her ‘walkabouts’ YA was visible in a tree. The chick followed her around the nest trying to shelter, mostly under her tail, but as one of the images below shows there are signs Mrs YA learnt it wanted shade!
Unfortunately the Nest 2 stream didn’t flow all day.