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.
- 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
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.