The day started off fairly damp but a short dry spell enabled the scopes to be focussed on the nest. A series of heavy showers obstructed the view, however a protracted spell of sunshine allowed a good view of the birds at the nest, flapping and flying around. At one stage there were four birds giving an aerial display.
At 14.15 the whole family group was visible. One bird was on a tree to the left of the nest, one on the pole and three on the rim of the nest. (Click to enlarge the image below, which was taken a little earlier.)
About mid afternoon we were joined by Martin, the Kielder Ornithologist, who helped out with keeping visitors entertained and informed.
There were approximately 170 people, of mixed age and from various parts of the country (and some from Australia), who all seemed enthralled by the ospreys at Kielder Water.
Joyce, Margaret and Brian
The live stream is still not working at Leaplish Waterside Park, but the ospreys helped the volunteers out by being on and around the nest most of the day. However the visitors to Osprey Watch missed seeing in close up a fish delivery by YA at about 11.40 – even the ever voracious Blue VT looked impressed!
There had already been a trout earlier. Blue UV managed to fly across the nest twice with it in his talons. He would have had trouble with the one above!
Mrs YA spent more time on the nest feeding the fledglings than of late.
As for White YA, he got his own back for recent abuse by his offspring. He brought in an unwieldy branch which landed on unsuspecting Blue VV being fed below.