Not the weather for it!

The weather at Kielder over the last couple of days has been quite windy with some strong gusts and also showery, although less today than yesterday. Not really the weather for the fledglings to do a lot of exploring and most absences have been fairly short.

On Nest 1 Blue UV, the only male on Nests 1 and 2, has been quite adventurous and was the main ‘flapper’ seen by the Osprey Watch team yesterday.

Quite the expert now Blue UV heads off again (c) Forestry Commission England

Quite the expert now Blue UV heads off again
(c) Forestry Commission England

Both other fledglings have taken flights. But neither of the ospreys with GSM trackers had been within range of a mobile phone mast by yesterday evening, so they haven’t been far.

Blue VV about to go for a circuit (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VV about to go for a circuit
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 the data for Blue 7H shows she has spent a fair amount of time on the original nest, just down the fell from the new platform which is her home. This was to be expected because it is the nearest tree to the nest site.

Blue 7H takes off and heads for the old nest (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 7H takes off and heads for the old nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

She still isn’t the best at working out where to land!

Watch out below! (c) Forestry Commission England

Watch out below!
(c) Forestry Commission England

The siblings were OK despite those talons landing on them.

When 37 brought a fish in yesterday evening Blue 9H grabbed it almost before his feet touched down.

37 has the trout snatched by Blue 9H (c) Forestry Commission England

37 has the trout snatched by Blue 9H
(c) Forestry Commission England

You can see one of 37’s tail feathers is quite frayed. Blue 9H wasn’t alone on the nest for long. But that fish was hers!

Blue 9H mantles over 'her' fish (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 9H mantles over ‘her’ fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

After the best part of an hour of Blue 9H feeding herself Blue 7H lost patience and snatched the fish. Obviously Blue 9H was full, because she didn’t resist.

Blue 7H grabs the fish (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 7H grabs the fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Interestingly, Mrs 37 came down with the remains of another catch when Blue 7H had finished the trout and she fed Blue 8H, who had eaten nothing. Which is very unusual for her!

 

Mrs 37 has just landed and feeds the only fledgling who missed out (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 has just landed and feeds the only fledgling who missed out
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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