Kielder Water was mirror calm at 10.00 on a warm but generally overcast Sunday morning, so for the first hour or so there were a few midges. The afternoon was hotter with the surface of the water slightly rippled.
The chicks were fed well between 11.20 and 11.45 a.m. and both parents were present up until 12.30. During the afternoon, the chicks moved out of direct camera view and were settled and growing. The female was on the nest at 1.30 p.m. and again at 3.00 p.m. but not feeding the chicks. The screens “froze” at 3.30 p.m. and did not come back while we were there. Feeding was noticed through the telescopes again between then and 5.00pm, when we left as there were a few late visitors.
228 visitors showed the usual appreciation and included a couple of Australians and two residents of the Rutland Water area who were pleased to add Kielder Ospreys to their holiday experience having just visited a pair on the Cromarty Firth in Scotland! Alan, Paul and I were thrilled to be able to inform the visitors of the successful third pair of Ospreys at Kielder-let’s hope for a fourth!
Two Crossbills and a few Siskins were additional wildlife until a fine female Northern Eggar moth “buzzed” the site-slightly out of habitat!
I have been up at the Castle today (Monday) and can report that all 6 chicks have been well fed and have been dozing in the sun. When I popped out at about 3pm there was dozing going on by adults and chicks as the rain started to fall but it was a short lived shower.