Fantastic news from Cumbria, Kielder born Blue 35 has two chicks with Bassenthwaite male White YW at their nest in South Cumbria. Here is the blog from the CWT about it. Shame about the loss of colour in the images, but the news makes up for that. This is the first time a Kielder osprey has bred as far as we know. And the chicks hatched at the same time as the Kielder nests, all fairly late in the breeding window.
Back home, it has been another warm day and fairly quiet on the nests with one or two notable exceptions. The first was an intrusion on Nest 1 at about 10.00. YA had brought a stick to the nest and the now usual tussle with Mrs YA ensued about placement. He’d only been away a couple of minutes when Mrs YA started shouting at something, getting crosser and crosser. An intruder, not YA for his poor stick placement, was the focus! The intruder almost certainly landed briefly on the nest edge out of sight of the nestcam because as she walked towards there some bits of moss flew across the screen. The incident was soon over and peace reigned.
On both nests today one or more chicks took tentative nibbles at fish. On Nest 1 YA brought a fish in and the chicks followed Mrs YA across the nest as she prepared to feed them. She gave them a couple of mouthfuls as they stood very close to her and the fish. She then stopped feeding and watched them. Chick 2 tried to get a piece of fish. Everyone watched!
It did seem to get a couple or so morsels before Mrs YA decided to lend a hand and fed the threesome. But afterwards, chick 3 decided anything big bro or sis could do….
It wasn’t clear whether anything was eaten, but full marks for trying.
On Nest 2, chick 3 also took a morsel when a chance arose as Mrs 37 watched something off the nest.
It has been said in earlier posts but the third chick on each nest is quite precocious, pushing to the front in the meal queue and eager to try out new experiences. Chick 3 on Nest 2 looked as though it was planning an attack on the much larger chick 1, who was gazing into the distance.
But as it gathered strength to launch the surprise peck, lack of balance took over!
Chick 1 will never know what a lucky escape it had!