Too hot to trot. Or practice wing flapping.

The temperature reached 27 degrees at Kielder on Thursday. At the nest sites it may have been a bit fresher with a slight breeze, but even so it was too hot for much action yet again. And the nestcam streams are affected too. Very jerky indeed!

On Nest 1 Mrs YA did a stalwart job shading the chick with her wings slightly outstretched. The chick looks more osprey like each day. YA was often in a tree near the nest although he fetched a bit of moss for the nest at about 12.15. A new stick is visible on the lake side of the nest too. Although the chick had an odd wander and peer over the nest edge, by 13.30 it was flat out in the characteristic ‘one wing, one leg outstretched ‘ pose growing ospreys adopt.

At Nest 2 37 brought part of a fish to the nest at about midday. None of the chicks made a move for it and, as Mrs 37 looked on, 37 fed his offspring. Something he will be doing more as fledging time is approaching in theory, and a couple of weeks after that Mrs 37 will leave him to look after the fledglings and start her migration. More wing exercises are needed though; the chicks did more flapping before they had feathers than they are doing now! By 13.30 the Nest 2 youngsters were also pretty somnolent.

Mrs YA shelters the chick (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs YA shelters the chick
(c) Forestry Commission

YA drops off some moss (c) Forestry Commission

YA drops off some moss
(c) Forestry Commission

37 feeds his chicks (c) Forestry Commission

37 feeds his chicks
(c) Forestry Commission

watching the world - more probably mum or dad - go by (c) Forestry Commission

watching the world – more probably mum or dad – go by
(c) Forestry Commission

 

 

 

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