The forecast was poor for the afternoon but when we arrived to set up Osprey Watch it was quite pleasant – bright, no midges, very good light to view Nest 1. Mrs YA was mainly hunkered down on the chicks though, so visitors for the first hour or so only caught glimpses of her head. We couldn’t spot YA in a tree either. A couple of large birds flew over the water at separate times, binoculars up…… boo, a gull and a heron!
There was an oystercatcher v crow spat to amuse, and some young rabbits, but that was all apart from a fly around by Mrs YA, seen by some visitors, until shortly after 12.00 when at the scopes we saw an osprey land on the nest.
Cue nestcam for detail – it was a fish delivery by YA. All three chicks fed well, and how much stronger they seem at only 3 or 4 days old. The outdoor screen has a new sun shade and very smart too!
Many thanks to NWT for getting it up in time for today.
The rain started but only lightly. Midges appeared but visitors were scarce, only about 50 all day.
At about 12.40, an osprey appeared briefly over the far side of Leaplish Bay. John had just put his binoculars away, and it had gone north before he got them out again, typical!
The scopes were were taken down when the rain was too heavy to see anything on the nest.
We ran the Watch from the indoor nestcam until 14.40 when it was obvious the female was well settled on the chicks and the weather wasn’t going to get better.
Sylvia, John and Joanna
Update from later
Monitoring the nestcam at Kielder Castle Cafe confirmed that Mrs YA was firmly settled on the young chicks. At this age they can’t control their body temperature and can get chilled very easily, especially when wet.
However at about 16.45 YA landed with a fish. After some consideration, Mrs YA decided a feed was appropriate and the chicks all had a few morsels before she protected them again. One chick seems to think YA will feed it, but this visit he didn’t try.
On both nests the parenting skills over the last few days of largely poor weather have been outstanding and especially from Mrs YA, who as an apparent new breeder last year found it did not come as naturally as to many female ospreys.