Osprey Watch Report: 29 June

Chris, Paul & myself had the watch point telescopes and screens up and running by 10.15am.  Both Chris and I were amazed just how much the chicks had grown in 3 weeks.

  • 10.15  mother and chicks were on the nest when you could see them through the waving grass.
  • 10.45 the female fed the chicks with scraps.
  • 11.40 male arrived at the nest without a fish.
  • 12.00 both adults were still on nest, male left shortly after.
  • 12.40 female left the nest.
  • 13.20 both parents returned to the nest, the male with a fish.  The female fed the chicks and the male left.

    Mrs YA gets ready to feed the ever expectant chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

    Mrs YA gets ready to feed the ever expectant chicks
    (c) Forestry Commission England

  • 15.40 the male was on the camera pole, the female on the nest.
  • 15.55  the biggest bird of the day heading north turned east and flew over Kielder Water at a low height, probably from the Battle of Britain Squadron, a Lancaster Bomber.
  • 16.10 there were no more visitors so we closed down and were away by 16.30pm.

A cold miserable day would have put many visitors off (and the midges) but those that did turn up were very interested and all could see the nest through the telescopes.  There were a total of 94 visitors in the end.

Neil, Chris and Paul

Editors’ comments

A large plane was also seen from Kielder Castle but was not identified by those watchers.  We are coming up to the time of the Sunderland Air Show so maybe they were practising.

When Sally left the Castle at about 16.30 all was well – the Nest 2 chicks were looking very well fed at 16.00 and snoozing in the sun. The Nest 1 chicks were getting fed.

There was quite a serious ‘intruder’ incident at about 11.40 or so just before and after YA landed on the nest as reported above. Mrs YA had been dozing but suddenly became alert and mantled a couple of times before flattening herself to the nest floor next to the chicks. YA came down and also mantled and shouted. After about 10 minutes calm was restored. No bird could be seen flying about but Mrs YA’s reaction was more extreme than usual.

YA looks up and mantles as he lands; Mrs YA ialso looks up having raised herself from a flat position (c) Forestry Commission England

YA looks up and mantles as he lands; Mrs YA also looks up having raised herself from a flat position
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA shouts at the intruder as Mrs YA keeps down low with the chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

YA shouts at the intruder as Mrs YA keeps down low with the chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

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The Hutt Family from Northumberland
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2 Responses to Osprey Watch Report: 29 June

  1. We’re still laughing at the Lancaster Bomber story!

  2. thehutts says:

    Could the intruder that caused so much alarm have been the Lancaster Bomber over their area before it flew up the reservoir? Unfortunately the timings don’t tie up with this theory. Sally

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