Osprey Watch Report: 11 August 2013

Despite looking quite miserable when we arrived, it was a largely sunny day, windy with occasional breaks for showers, one heavy. 137 visitors of many nations and all ages, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

A large rainbow trout was brought in by YA just before 10.30. He left quickly when Mrs YA flew in but both adults were soon back on the nest responding to a threat we couldn’t see. The fish was removed, Blue 6H was playing dead and Mrs YA was mantling and obviously making a lot of noise for about ten minutes. When the danger passed, Blue 6H was left on the nest alone for a bit, mostly grooming.

When the fish was returned, Blue 6H and Mrs YA ate well, taking turns. Blue 6H feeding well independently. The fish was taken away and brought back several times by YA and even once by Mrs YA. Was this an encouragement to Blue 6H to think about fledging?
In the afternoon, the adults perched on different trees near the nest, with Mrs YA spending a long time on top of the camera pole.

Blue 6H dozed and rearranged twigs and practised wing-stretching. Around 3.40pm, the chick was caught by a gust of wind as it spread its wings and it was carried to the other side of the nest. Such exercise stopped for a while when another fish was brought in and Blue 6H tucked in again before returning to wing-spreading and flapping. Mr and Mrs YA remained close observers.

Lynda, Joe and Joanna

Postscript

Driving away from Kielder after Osprey Watch a stop at the dam was rewarded by views of an osprey hunting over choppy water on the far shore and then disappearing down a long and relatively shallow inlet. A couple who had been to Osprey Watch also stopped; they had seen an osprey in the same area an hour or so earlier too. Lucky us!

YA lands with a headless fish during the mantling, but takes off again with it! (c) Forestry Commission England

YA lands with a headless fish during the mantling, but takes off again with it!
(c) Forestry Commission England

one of the hops and jumps on Sunday (c) Forestry Commission England

one of the hops and jumps on Sunday
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA lands with a long stick - and thumps Blue 6H on the back! (c) Forestry Commission England

YA lands with a long stick – and thumps Blue 6H on the back!
(c) Forestry Commission England

hunting osprey at the dam (c) Joanna Dailey

distant view of a hunting osprey at the dam
(c) Joanna Dailey

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