The Forestry Commission Radio Branch were down again from their Dunkeld base with new plans to resolve the streaming issues. The technical challenges are significant and the guys deserve big plaudits for continually trying to outwit the environment.
Nest 2 streaming re-started, hurrah, although there is still some jerkiness. The first views were of three rather large, rather wet chicks experiencing their first rain for many days. The weather cleared late morning but Blue 3H, the male, was the only one to take a stroll for a while, then all three became more active with an occasional wing flap and jump across part of the nest. No prolonged wing exercising let alone ‘helicoptering’ was observed.
At around 13.30 Mrs 37 made a very brief visit but of more interest to her offspring was 37 landing with a fish a few minutes later. Blue 4H didn’t line up at first but the other two were given a few morsels whilst 37 also ate quite well. He then left the nest and all the chicks fed themselves; no scrapping either, what well brought up youngsters!
By 15.15 eating and wandering about had ceased and the chicks were preening.
On Nest 1 there was no surprise to find the chick on its own in the rain. YA was in a nearby tree and once the rain stopped Mrs YA flew in. She was on and off the nest most of the rest of the day. YA delivered a fish and Mrs YA fed the chick immediately it called for food. Both of them preened.
Whilst the return of coverage of Nest 2 was a highlight for the day, without doubt another was a visit by Roy Dennis MBE, the osprey expert in the UK and author of A Life of Ospreys. (Now hard to find but a great read both to learn more about ospreys and to appreciate the passion the birds can inspire.) The Forestry Commission ornithologist was showing Roy the set up at Kielder. It was a privilege to chat to him and discuss the Kielder ospreys. Given how many ospreys he has seen it was most interesting to learn the Nest 1 female has the most speckled chin area of any of them.
Below are some images; a short (jerky!) video to give an idea of the Nest 2 progress is here.