Kielder Update and a plug for a TV programme!

First the plug; there will be two brief films by Mike Dilger on BBC1’s The One Show on 1 and 2 September, featuring Roy Dennis and the Basque Country Osprey Reintroduction Project. A ‘must watch’ event!

The Kielder juveniles on Nest 1 are still around the nest area most of the time and Mrs YA is also present. Sometimes she brings a part eaten fish to the nest although often it is one she had removed earlier after the young had eaten courtesy of a YA delivery!

Mrs YA 'leaves' a fish for Blue VT (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA ‘leaves’ a fish for Blue VT
(c) Forestry Commission England

In 2013 Mrs YA did not seem to stay at Kielder for as long after fledging, although the permanent recording facility wasn’t available so we can’t be certain.

With a good forecast for migrating birds later next week we are unlikely to have the privilege of seeing the whole family for much longer. Although they haven’t all been seen on the nest at the same time for a while.

The Nest 1 family bar Blue VT (c) Forestry Commission England

The Nest 1 family bar Blue VT busy doing their own things!
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 37 and the young were still present on Friday, but a streaming problem over the weekend means there is currently no coverage. Last Wednesday 37 brought quite a large whole fish to the nest and was squashed in the resulting scramble for possession between Blue 8H and Blue 9H.

Blue 8H and Blue 9H close in! (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 8H and Blue 9H close in!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Poor 37 has also suffered more nipped toes and ankles.

Blue 9H nips 37's toe in her haste to get the fish first (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 9H nips 37’s toe in her haste to get the fish first
(c) Forestry Commission England

The Nest 2 juveniles have been miserable at times, either waiting for 37 to bring more food or else in the rain. Or both, as on Friday!

The three juveniles wait for a fish in the rain (c) Forestry Commission England

The three juveniles wait for a fish in the rain
(c) Forestry Commission England

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2 Responses to Kielder Update and a plug for a TV programme!

  1. I’m glad young humans are not so feisty with their food!

  2. Vivien Finn says:

    Every moment with the Ospreys is so precious as the days tick ever nearer to their migration. May all ospreys at Kielder have a safe, hazard free migration. Thank you too for the wonderful updates and photos throughout the season. I have really enjoyed them and will continue to do so.

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