Osprey Watch Report: 3 August and further update

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.)

An osprey in a tree far left, two on the nest and one top right (c) Forestry Commission England

An osprey in a tree far left, two on the nest and one top right
(c) Forestry Commission England

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

Further update

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!

 Blue VT can't complain about the lack of fish! (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VT can’t complain about the lack of fish!
(c) Forestry Commission England

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!

Blue UV airborne with a fish (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue UV airborne with a fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA spent more time on the nest feeding the fledglings than of late.

Mrs YA feeds Blue UV (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA feeds Blue UV
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Blue VV bears the brunt of the branch (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VV bears the brunt of the branch
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

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