We were there for just before 10.00, rain meant we decided just to set up a couple of the scopes and see whether there was much to see.
In fact around 10.00 the viewing was good, probably two chicks on the nest edges, one on the camera pole and one adult on a tree to the right. Given the coolness of the day there was no heat haze and so this was a good start.
However it was the sole moment when we saw much at all, the clouds rolled over and at times we could sort of ‘see’ the nest as a slightly darker patch of cotton wool and that was it.
Leaplish was pretty deserted and remained so – in total we had 33 visitors who chatted, accepted there was nothing to see from the scopes, looked at the looping video and either went to sit in the comfort of the Boat Inn or headed up to Kielder Castle.
Bands of rain came across and went, but whether it was dry or just a passing shower on our side of the lake the far side stayed shrouded in mist.
By 1:30 the rain was lashing down, no-one had been to the viewpoint for an hour and we concluded that there was not much chance of any change in the circumstances. We packed up and headed off.
As an illustration of the peculiarity of the micro climate of Leaplish by the time I got to Otterburn it was bright sunshine! On the other hand by the time I got home it was torrential rain again.
A brilliant season with the most successful numbers of fledging Ospreys, for the three of us a rather damp end to our 2014 Watch.
David, Don and Roger
Three cheers for the stoical volunteers staying as long as they did. The Tyne Valley definitely didn’t see sunshine, there was torrential rain most of the afternoon after the volunteers made the wise decision to pack up.
Despite atrocious conditions YA caught a reasonable sized trout which he delivered at 14.19. And he left very quickly, no risk of assault this visit!