Nest 1 ringing: 29 July 2013

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.

YA keeps an eye on his son (c) Joanna Dailey

YA keeps an eye on his son
(c) Joanna Dailey

I'd rather be in my nest (c) Joanna Dailey

I’d rather be in my nest
(c) Joanna Dailey

a lot of sheaths to go before flight (c) Joanna Dailey

a lot of sheaths to go before flight
(c) Joanna Dailey

quite a wing span already (c) Joanna Dailey

quite a wing span already
(c) Joanna Dailey

a fish eye view! (c) Joanna Dailey

a fish eye view!
(c) Joanna Dailey

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to Nest 1 ringing: 29 July 2013

  1. Dolly Cox says:

    Lovely pictures, Joanna, so glad he looked fine after all his adventures!

  2. Rosie Shields says:

    He has done well to get to this stage, considering all the history and his mum’s dubious parenting skills. He looks like a fine prospect now. When do you think he is likely to fledge Joanna?

  3. joannadailey says:

    Probably over a week from now, nearer two, but it is difficult not knowing the exact age. Going more on feather development really and the showery forecast which will keep sheaths damper maybe and inhibit exercising perhaps, Rosie. Lots of ‘maybe’ and ‘perhaps’ qualifications you’ll note!

  4. Gorgeous pictures, Joanna – thank you.

  5. Marion Webb says:

    Thanks for the update and photos – good to see this young osprey has survived in spite of all his problems!

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