Nearly all gone at Kielder

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.

One of the last views of VT and UV together (c) Forestry Commission England

One of the last views of VT and UV together
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

YA gets ready to go whilst VT takes charge of the trout (c) Forestry Commission England

YA gets ready to go whilst VT takes charge of the trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

And she also had the remains of the second delivery after UV was full!

VT heads off with half a fish (c) Forestry Commission England

VT heads off with half a fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Is this YA? (c) Forestry Commission England

Is this YA?
(c) Forestry Commission England

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!

37 looks at 7H as she protects the fish he has just delivered.  (c) Forestry Commission England

37 looks at 7H as she protects the fish he has just delivered.
(c) Forestry Commission England

Bits of trout adorn 7H's beak (c) Forestry Commission England

Bits of trout adorn 7H’s beak
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

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2 Responses to Nearly all gone at Kielder

  1. Keith Rogers says:

    It certainly has been a special season for you at Kielder and helped as you mention by fairly good weather providing good feeding and year by year the adults are that more experienced as a bonding pair.
    You continue to excel as the birds leave with your updates on the birds migration progress. THANK YOU.

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