It was very windy on Monday at Kielder as the North East felt the effects of ex-hurricane Bertha. Both nests were visibly rocking and trying to watch the ‘long shot’ camera feed was impossible.
The juveniles were more present on the nests in the conditions, whereas on wet Sunday they had been sheltering in the trees. The wind possibly contributed to some comical moments on Nest 2. First, Mrs 37 came in with a large stick when all three offspring were on the nest and pinned Blue 8H down as she landed on top of her!
Later Blue 8H took off watched by her sisters as she did a brief circle. She landed with a thump on Blue 9H’s back, possibly ‘assisted’ by the wind
The size of Nest 1 minimises the likelihood of such incidents. The young – and Mrs YA -spent most of the morning on the nest leaning into the wind and yes, you guessed it, eating.
But there were some short flights. There is a video here of some take-offs and also a landing by Blue VT just before YA came in with a fish. The Nest 2 landing by Blue 8H is also on it.
Despite what must have been difficult fishing conditions YA especially did well, bringing four fish in between 09.00 and 20.00 compared to just two by 37, although one of 37’s was very large. YA’s last delivery was alive and posed a few problems for Blue UV initially, although he soon got stuck in.
Both females are more present on the nest, eating there more often and still feeding the young at times. Every sight of them is precious now, with their migration likely to be near.