Osprey Watch Report: 21 July 2013 and Update

The Nest 2 nestcam is still off. Nest 1 saw a bit more action today; before Osprey Watch began the chick had a good feed from Mrs YA. No sign of that independent streak it showed yesterday! It then had a nap, often with outstretched wing and leg. Mrs YA fiddled with moss and twigs; there are signs of more ‘furniture’ being brought to the nest. YA was in a tree often used by Mrs YA when she is off the nest.

Osprey Watch Report

Early in the day it was quite overcast at Kielder but by the time Osprey Watch got under way breaks in the cloud were appearing and it became a warm day with a lot of sun and just a slight breeze. Unusually visitors arrived with tales of how grey it was further east, instead of bemoaning the Kielder weather! Over 140 visitors enjoyed views through the scopes of the adults on and near the nest for much of the day and occasional glimpses of the chick when it stood up. The nestcam feed was popular as ever.

Initially the chick dozed whilst Mrs YA stood about or moved moss etc. She was off the nest for a while and the chick lay panting in the full sun. A fish was delivered by YA soon after noon and Mrs YA fed the chick immediately. The piece of fish gradually disappeared during the next few hours with Mrs YA and the chick both eating well.

The chick tried to shelter under Mrs YA from time to time; once it made the mistake of trying to get a piece of fish from between her talons, not a popular move!

The greatest excitement was when both adults were on the nest mantling at about 13.45. Through the scopes another osprey was spotted and YA went off to make sure it knew the area belongs to him. Shortly after 16.00 there was another spell where something seemed to be causing concern and YA was off again, but no other birds could be seen by observers this time.

At closing time Mrs YA was still attending to nest work and the chick was looking more perky in slightly cooler conditions.

Tim, Neil and Joanna

Here are some images from the day.

Breakfast time (c) Forestry Commission

Breakfast time
(c) Forestry Commission

All this eating is very tiring (c) Forestry Commission

All this eating is very tiring
(c) Forestry Commission

The chick tries to get shelter (c) Forestry Commission

The chick tries to get shelter
(c) Forestry Commission

Something has the adults alert in the late afternoon (c) Forestry Commission

Something has the adults alert in the late afternoon
(c) Forestry Commission

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