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!
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.
A final image.