Monitoring over the last few days hasn’t resulted in sighting any ospreys. If they haven’t left the area completely, they appear to have abandoned the nests as a feeding point.
On Saturday, the ‘best weather’ day, a buzzard was around the Nest 1 area, circling lazily. If YA had been anywhere near he would have seen it off, judging by previous behaviour. With the weather expected to be poor from Sunday on, the remaining ospreys – Nest 2 having at least mainly left earlier – no doubt took the decision to leave. There is a very interesting blog on ospreys and weather by Paul the Wildlifewriter here.
It will seem a long time until next March/April when we hope with all our hearts that our two pairs of ospreys will return. But there are great memories of this season to keep us going until then! The identification of White YA and firming up that Yellow 37 was our Nest 2 male, full brothers from Glaslyn in Wales, got the season off to a fantastic start. Nest 2 was fairly plain sailing with the original pair raising three offspring to fledge for the first time in their 3 years at Kielder. And despite the sadness of the loss of two chicks on Nest 1 YA and his new mate produced Blue 6H, so four fledged ospreys in a season for the first time at Kielder.
The Ospreywatch volunteers and the visitors to Kielder have lots to remember, so ‘thanks for the thrills’ to the Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and especially the Forestry Commission whose cameras allowed such an insight into the ospreys’ lives. And on a personal note thanks to Kielder Castle Cafe who let me occupy a table under the TV screen so often, and ‘lent’ me Amy to take video etc!