A big day for 37 even if he didn’t know it!

Today Yellow 37, who graces Kielder with his presence on Nest 2, had his 9th birthday. Born at Glaslyn in Wales he was first seen at Kielder in 2010 when he paired up with his mate and tried to build a nest. Not for him the easy way out of using a platform. And he still loves bringing sticks to the nest more than some ospreys and moving them around, even on his birthday!

37 rearranging the nest today. Again! (c) Forestry Commission England

37 working on the nest edge today. Again!
(c) Forestry Commission England

With a bit of reinforcement by the Forestry Commission over winter he found a very stable nest awaiting his return in 2011 and he and the female reared two chicks. One of them, Blue 38 was seen in Yorkshire last July. In 2012 another two chicks fledged, one of which, Blue 1H, was photographed in northern Senegal last November. All three chicks fledged last year, so already out of seven chicks we know that two have survived longer than many young ospreys over their first two years. A reflection of his parents’ great genes.

During today he brought fish to the nest in the morning when it was reasonable weather and a remnant of one in the afternoon when it was not. Mrs 37 refused to accept the afternoon fish at first, but 37 stood beside her and as the rain eased she decided it was light enough to feed the chicks. They grow daily.

Mrs 37, still very wet, feeds the chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37, still very wet, feeds the chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

A final image.

Posing on his birthday (c) Forestry Commission England

Posing on his birthday
(c) Forestry Commission England

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4 Responses to A big day for 37 even if he didn’t know it!

  1. joannadailey says:

    Yes, ViV, the Glaslyn adults in their 10th year of breeding are stars in the osprey firmament. Or some such, you should write a poem! Hope to meet you soon, Joanna

  2. Vivien Finn says:

    Happy Birthday to Yellow 37. Another great report and photos. It is wonderful to have all these updates. The Glaslyn adults are still bringing clods of earth and branches to the nest. It has gained so much depth this year than previous years.

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