Nest 1 at Kielder has been a somewhat forlorn looking place the last couple of days. The last time any juveniles were definitely seen was 1 September, when Blue VT and Blue UV were waiting for YA to bring supplies.
Blue VT got the first fish (rather a small one by YA standards) as mentioned in the post below about Blue UV’s last day on the nest.
And she also had the remains of the second delivery after UV was full!
That was the last known sighting of her so very possibly she also left on 2 September. Mrs YA has not been seen on camera since 1 September either, when four ospreys were visible in the trees around the nest.
On 3 September in the morning the ‘long shot’ camera caught an osprey with a part eaten fish heading to the nest. It flew around without landing before heading away. YA checking he had no-one left to feed? That seems the likeliest identity, a very white head in the blurry image.
For over 24 hours since that sighting no ospreys have been seen near Nest 1.
The Nest 2 streaming has been restored by Radio Branch. Only 37 and Blue 7H have been seen on the nest. Given the normal scrum when a fish is delivered, Blue 8H and 9H almost certainly migrated sometime between Friday and Wednesday when coverage was restored.
Both 37 and Blue 7H were still around today – yesterday 37 brought two fish for his daughter and there was about 1/3 of one on the nest at the start of streaming, so she isn’t being given a message that it is time to go!
Finally, a check on Nest 3 on Tuesday only found two ospreys, the juvenile male Blue VK and another who flew over the nest and into trees beyond. It wasn’t possible to determine if it was the adult male or Blue VL.
There may be dwindling numbers of majestic ospreys to enhance our days, but it has been a great season for them, with plenty of food and usually good weather, and a pretty special one for Kielder with three nests and eight juveniles. Just wonderful.