Groundhog Day at Kielder on Monday morning, misty and murky. A real shame because Paul Mooney from BBC Look North had come up to Kielder to do a TV piece on Kielder ospreys looking across the water to Nest 1. Unfortunately you could barely make out the shape of the ferry which was moored 50 yards away. He then set up camp at Kielder Castle Cafe in the hope that an osprey would land on one of the nests, but they were camera shy. And whilst he was filming, a BBC Newcastle reporter arrived to record an item about the origins of Kielder Forest after World War 1. She also did a little radio interview about the ospreys which was on on the Jon and Anne show at about 51 minutes in, after pandas!
It would have been wonderful if White YA had landed on Nest 1 during the BBC presence. Several sightings were reported yesterday near Blagdon Water where he spent his eventful week last season, so he could have arrived today if he had flexed his wings and powered on. Not his style, though!
But we did have an intruder on Nest 1 this afternoon. More on that tomorrow.
Yellow 37 may have shunned being filmed by the BBC, but he was on and off the nest from about 14.00. Very much the same pattern as yesterday because he landed with about half a fish several times, hoping to attract his female. After a few goes at that courtship tactic he decided to do more home improvement and got dug in, literally, with earth being scooped out of the nest with vigour! He’ll fall through the bottom soon. And, of course, he brought in more large sticks. He’s made a great job of restoring the right hand side as you look. It had almost completely fallen away in recent gales.
Here are a few pics of the handsome Yellow 37.