Phew! It’s HOT.

The temperature reached about 29 degrees at Kielder although an occasional welcome breeze reduced the impact for humans and, no doubt, osprey chicks. There wasn’t a lot of action during observations though.

Both nestcams worked, hurrah! Although the big splodge on the Nest 2 lens reduced visibility it was clear enough to show that two of the chicks have inherited the ‘fiddle with sticks as much as possible’ gene! 37 flew in with food around 11.00 and Mrs 37 could just about be seen feeding the offspring. Otherwise it was a rest day.

On Nest 1, it was the usual recent scenario of  YA in a tree near the nest and Mrs YA sheltering the chick. She fed it a couple of times during the morning. YA flew in just after 11.00 but not with extra supplies and went back to his perch. Around 12.45 he left the immediate area as far as could be seen and Mrs YA continued her sheltering duty. The small chick was panting more than the Nest 2 youngsters; it is less able to regulate its temperature than they can at 5 weeks old.

The video of Mrs YA wafting a stick around and hitting the chick is here.

Here are a few images, click to enlarge.

Something flying captures attention (c) Forestry Commission

Something flying captures attention
(c) Forestry Commission

Two chick heads and one big chick foot poke out from the splodge (c) Forestry Commission

Two chick heads and one big chick foot poke out from the splodge
(c) Forestry Commission

A mid morning snack goes in a very pink mouth (c) Forestry Commission

A mid morning snack goes in a very pink mouth
(c) Forestry Commission

YA off again after a flying visit (c) Forestry Commission

YA off again after a flying visit
(c) Forestry Commission

 

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