There were some extremely heavy showers at Kielder on Monday but by about 14.30 a small group set off in a window of blue sky/white cloud to ring the Nest 1 chick. YA was quick to circle alarming, Mrs YA was on an outer perimeter of circling. The chick was lowered from the nest by a licensed Forestry Commission Ranger for the ornithologist to complete the ringing process.
The chick was very docile throughout. There were some sprinkles of rain but an umbrella sheltered the chick – this was to prevent the handling of damp feathers resulting in them getting matted. The feathers still have fairly long sheaths so fledging may not be for another fortnight.
The chick was ringed with the Darvic colour ring Blue 6H. He weighed 1740gm; this weight (and the wing measurement) could belong to either sex but the thinness of the tarsi led the ornithologist to assess the sex as male. He looked healthy, despite his early experiences of two siblings dying and not getting as much shelter as was desirable in poor weather. Or food when he wanted it!
Blue 6H seemed happy to see his nest again; both parents were in trees nearby by the time the group returned to base.
It was a wonderful privilege to be at the ringing and see up close the beautiful deep orange eyes and lovely feather markings of a young osprey. It is always a real treat and etched in the memory for ever.
The weather reduced photo opportunities too and no video was taken. But here are a few images from the event.