The Cumbria Wildlife Trust have very kindly sent us images to share on the Kielder Ospreys blog of the chicks at Foulshaw Moss, where Kielder born Blue 35 is breeding with a male from the Lake District. As you can see, the images were taken on Friday. Their two chicks are doing what all ospreys that age do – sleeping a lot! It is fantastic for us to see these chicks, the first known ‘grandchicks’ for Kielder.
The unringed ospreys on Nest 3 at Kielder also have two chicks. They are very probaby first time breeders so may only have laid two eggs. Or perhaps an egg failed to hatch or one chick died young. Nevertheless two thriving chicks have been seen tucking into fish over recent days. The male is often in a tree nearby whilst the female is staying on the nest, often on the edge. A few days ago the male wasn’t in the immediate vicinity when an intruder osprey tried to land, but the female prevented it from getting too close a look at her chicks before the male returned.
And talking of intruders, there was another incident at Nest 1 on Friday at about 17.15. Mrs YA had been dozing when she suddenly became alert and started mantling and alarm calling. She was following a bird around the sky when on the screen a wing was visible at the top, then an osprey flew past to the left at speed. It was very white underneath so probably male. And it had a ring! On it’s left leg a ring is visible, but most likely a BTO ring and frustratingly the right leg wasn’t visible. The osprey was not 37, who was on the nestcam pole at his nest at the time. A video will be put up later so maybe someone will be able to glean more from the clip. Here are a couple of screengrabs.