Snow laughing matter!

Winter returned to Kielder on Sunday – here is the view towards Nest 1 from the ‘long shot’  camera shortly before noon.

The scene at 11.50 (c) Forestry Commission England

The scene at 11.50
(c) Forestry Commission England

It snowed solidly from about 10.00 until 13.00. This is why.

Four weather fronts converge

Four weather fronts meet

Many thanks to Paul for the image and explanation of what it shows:

Four weather fronts met over northern England on Sunday morning, forcing a wedge of cold Arctic air downwards and bringing a (temporary) return of winter conditions to Kielder.

Despite the worsening weather 37 delivered a fish to Mrs 37 on Nest 2 at 10.36.

37 gives a fish to Mrs 37 (c) Forestry Commission England

37 gives a fish to Mrs 37
(c) Forestry Commission England

Both ospreys flew off but Mrs 37 returned at about 11.00 and toughed it out.

Mrs 37 has sat in the snow for over an hour (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 sat in the snow for well over an hour
(c) Forestry Commission England

When she eventually departed 37 came down and settled on the ‘warm spot’ she had vacated!

37 heads for the warm area! (c) Forestry Commission England

37 heads for the ‘warm’ area!
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1 Mrs YA inspected conditions but after a few minutes in the corner she left the nest .

Just before 11.00 Mrs YA carries out a nest inspection (c) Forestry Commission England

Just before 11.00 Mrs YA is not impressed!
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA seemed a bit surprised when he landed on the edge at 12.50.

YA lands as the snow eases (c) Forestry Commission England

YA lands as the snow eases
(c) Forestry Commission England

At the same time over on Nest 2 37 and Mrs 37 had some exercise to keep warm!

This one looked successful! (c) Forestry Commission England

This one looked successful!
(c) Forestry Commission England

In the afternoon there was sun at times and the snow gradually melted on both nests. Highlights included an impressive catch by YA.

YA with a woppa! (c) Forestry Commission England

YA with a woppa!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA wasn’t impressed when he flew off again as she approached!

YA escapes before Mrs YA hops along the edge! (c) Forestry Commission England

YA escapes before Mrs YA hops along the edge!
(c) Forestry Commission England

But Mrs YA got her share later. A lovely late afternoon too, as you can see!

Mrs YA tucks in  (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA tucks in
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

 

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5 Responses to Snow laughing matter!

  1. Poor ospreys: what a shock to the system so soon after leaving Africa.

  2. Sandra Bainbridge says:

    Oh my, are you high up? Snow go away. I was at Jedburgh a few years ago and I did see a sign for Kielder and wanted to visit and told I had not seen that sign lol Fabulous news nest 1 one and 2 all back. Hope the other is successful also.

  3. The Kielder osprey nests are between 300-400 metres above sea level – not an extreme height but enough, in those localized weather conditions, to turn rain into snow.

  4. Cirrus says:

    Despite all the snow or because of it .. Keilder looked beatuful and so did the Ospreys. What marvellous birds to deal with all that snow , some even enduring incubation

  5. joannadailey says:

    It must have been easier given there was no incubation imperative, Cirrus. So it was very interesting to see Mrs 37 stay on her nest even though she could have gone to the forest edge with more shelter.

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