Osprey Watch Report: 5 July

The weather at Kielder today was better than we expected, sunny but the wind was quite strong. Despite the competing attractions of the Tour de France in Yorkshire and the Wimbledon Ladies Final we clicked 109 visitors whose engagement was of high quality. We had visitors from Moscow, from the Netherlands, and from throughout the UK. Many had knowledge of other Osprey sites and all brought an interest and enthusiasm, particularly the younger visitors.

A modest fish brought in about 15.30 (c) Forestry Commission England

A modest fish brought in about 15.30
(c) Forestry Commission England

The day started much as it continued with the female feeding the chicks when we arrived to set up at 10am. We did not manage to see another fish being delivered but presume from the amount of eating and satisfied slumbering that went on that at least one other fish was delivered. Though the first fish we saw was huge! (Editor comment: as the team suspected, a live trout was delivered at about 15.30. But rather smaller than the one earlier in the day.)

A chick has a wing stretch (c) Forestry Commission England

A chick has a wing stretch
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was a fair amount of coming and going at the nest with visits from the male, long periods when the female stood on the side of the nest and admired the view, and times when the chicks were left home alone. Our only concern was when one of the chicks was stretching its wings. This seemed a dangerous exercise in such a strong wind. So we were happier when they all settled down for another doze.

The afternoon was cloudier with the occasional spot of rain but a proper shower held off until we were in the middle of packing up. So that happened at some speed!

A really good day!

Lynda, Joe and Derek

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