The morning at Kielder Water was showery and windy, with strong gusts that lasted into the afternoon. The weather didn’t deter around 100 visitors from watching the activity (or lack of) at the nest site and on the screen showing the live nestcam stream.
The winds were visibly rocking the tree and Blue 6H wisely hunkered down as low as possible for most of the day. There was a very occasional wing flap, which probably was scary enough to prevent more! Even though the man made platform is quite big, the gusts were powerful and that first flight could have come days too soon. Instead there was preening and nodding off to watch on the nestcam, whilst one or both adults were visible in trees around the nest for much of the day. Mrs YA frequented the top of the camera pole intermittently. YA disappeared from view late morning and was only seen again at just after 15.45 when he landed with a reasonable sized rainbow trout complete with head (although dead) which Mrs YA snatched. The chick then fed well, resting occasionally before valiantly struggling on. YA could be seen watching from a tree to the right.
As ever, even with limited activity, visitors were enthusiastic and interested in the Kielder osprey story.
Roger, Neil and Joanna
At Kielder Castle Cafe after the end of Osprey Watch the nestcam showed both Mrs YA and Blue 6H continuing to eat.
Some Cafe customers had visited Osprey Watch en route to cycle the Osprey Trail, which gives views over towards the nest area, and reported they had seen an osprey flying overhead, majestic on the thermals. Lovely for them and well worth their effort of tackling the hills in the wind! As the nestcam stream ended Mrs YA was eating from the remaining half of the fish whilst Blue 6H relaxed in a corner of the nest.
Here are some images from the Forestry Commission cameras.