Osprey Watch Report: 24 July 2013 and Update

First, an update re Nest 2. Unfortunately there won’t be nestcam coverage until next Wednesday at earliest because of technical issues. Radio Branch have tried extremely hard to resolve these over the last 2 days, but further work is required.

There will be no coverage of either nest tomorrow due to electricity company work at Kielder.

Osprey Watch Report

Neil waits for a customer for the astroscope under the new parasol (c) Sally Hutt

Neil waits for a customer for the astroscope under the new parasol
(c) Sally Hutt

It was a mainly sunny day at Kielder Water with barely any wind and muggy conditions at times. The new parasol came in very handy for shade, rather than protection from showers which never arrived. Views of the nest were largely good rather than hazy, and the nestcam stream worked well. Over 90 visitors mostly saw at least one osprey through the scopes and obviously the chick was always present on the nest, if mainly asleep. There was a spurt of activity in mid afternoon, and the chick was clearly visible peeping over the edges of the nest at various points. No doubt it could visualise having a cooling dip!

At about 11.30 the male YA flew in with a fish which the female fed to the chick before having a substantial meal herself. The chick was then dormant for a long period. Action switched to the sky as Pam spotted an osprey flying over the Hawkhirst peninsula. Not YA who was in a tree but very possibly 37 from Nest 2. The osprey flew slowly over towards the north shore then headed towards the dam. Some lovely views for all at the watch point.

Two couples visiting later in the day had great experiences; one had seen the same osprey (almost certainly from the timing) catch a fish and another saw probably a different osprey a couple of hours later with a large fish heading off away from the water. Lucky people!

Many of the visitors were really interested in the Kielder osprey story and visited on and off all day – very rewarding for us volunteers!

Katherine joined us for probably her last stint during some work experience and as ever was a real asset.

Pam, Neil, Katherine and Joanna

Some images from the day; click to enlarge. A video of Nest 1 activity will be uploaded tomorrow.

chick on edge 1 (c) Forestry Commission

chick on edge 1
(c) Forestry Commission

 

chick on edge 2 (c) Forestry Commission

chick on edge 2
(c) Forestry Commission

Last view of Nest 2 chicks and Mrs 37 for a while (c) Forestry Commission
Last view of Nest 2 chicks and Mrs 37 for a while
(c) Forestry Commission

 

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