The nestcam is up and running on Nest 1 at Kielder, as is the ‘long shot’ camera for that site. The solar panels need a good charge and there are only a few hours of streaming a day at present. Visitors to Kielder Castle Cafe can check the cameras out although the screen is mostly on the bird and red squirrel feeders. Nothing landed on the osprey nest during checks today, not even a pesky crow!
Regular readers will see that there is rather more comfort than White YA provided for his family last year. Thanks to the Forestry Commission there is lots of new insulating material around the sides of the nest and a lovely mossy centre. And with that lake view, YA should be hurrying home before a passing osprey takes a fancy!
There are a handful of UK osprey sightings being reported every day now. Apparently there are more at this stage than in any of the last four years. Some may be heading to Scandinavia. An osprey has already been seen near Gothenburg in Sweden, an early bird. Most UK ospreys will arrive at their nests in late March or early April although some – often including the Kielder males’ parents at Glaslyn in Wales – arrive a week or so earlier. So excitement builds!