Nests 1 and 2 update and news of an exciting event

Since the last update reporting the ‘intruder’ activity on Nest 2 on Sunday and Monday all has been calm there during live streaming hours. 37 has been on the nest more often.

37 stands guard after the intruder was apparently repelled on Monday (c) Forestry Commission England

37 stands guard after the intruder was apparently repelled on Monday
(c) Forestry Commission England

Sometimes he has brought a stick, moss or other adornment. Mrs 37 isn’t always pleased with his choices.

A dispute about stick placement (c) Forestry Commission England

A dispute about stick placement
(c) Forestry Commission England

The pair are incubating normally, with 37 on the eggs two or three times a day during nestcam coverage. Both ospreys are shuffling the eggs roughly every 20 minutes but less often in poorer weather.

Another turn for the four eggs (c) Forestry Commission England

Another turn for the four eggs
(c) Forestry Commission England

Nest 1 has also been peaceful. Both birds have brought strips of bark, clods of earth, moss and sticks although YA brings the largest branches normally. On Wednesday Mrs YA tried to wrest one off YA as he wandered around the nest looking for an ideal spot for it.

Mrs YA isn't keen on this stick wafting near her head (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA isn’t keen on this stick wafting near her head
(c) Forestry Commission England

Like 37, YA has been incubating several times a day. He is a study in concentration when he lands to take over.

YA has his eyes on the eggs and his talons curled (c) Forestry Commission England

YA has his eyes on the eggs and his talons curled
(c) Forestry Commission England

In general one fish is delivered to each nest during the time the nestcam streams, occasionally two. With three breeding pairs and other ospreys around there is a chance of witnessing one hunting even given the size of Kielder Water and no need yet to provide for chicks. A new event is planned for the summer: here is more from Kelly Hollings of Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

Some of the volunteers heading for the boat (c) Kelly Hollings

Some of the volunteers heading for the boat
(c) Kelly Hollings

On Thursday volunteers from Northumberland Wildlife Trust joined forces with staff from Calvert Trust Kielder to trial an Osprey Watch on a motor boat. An exciting event will take place on Kielder Water on Wednesday 27 May for the first time. A Calvert Trust motor boat (two if there is sufficient demand) will travel around Kielder Water guided by volunteers from Northumberland Wildlife Trust with the aim of spotting ospreys and other wildlife. Today we were treated to amazing views of an osprey hunting close by, along with sightings of buzzard, corvids, a Canada goose in flight and swallows. The joy of this event is that it is very intimate and versatile – the boat can follow wildlife sightings and is not committed to following a set route. If you would like to book space for the event, please contact the Calvert Trust on 01434 250 232. And dress up warmly. The boat is small and has a covered top, but the sides are open to the elements, allowing you to get close to nature. Today the 10 volunteers and 3 members of staff were delighted to witness stunning views of the osprey diving into the choppy water and hauling itself out before continuing the hunt, plus close up views of the original osprey nest built in 2009.

The osprey we saw was not one of the breeding males, but a Scottish bird (blue ring, left leg, couldn’t be read). Some not very good photos (mine, not Kelly’s!) follow.

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Here is a poster with more about the trip. osprey boat cruise. If successful there will be weekly cruises in the summer.

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6 Responses to Nests 1 and 2 update and news of an exciting event

  1. Cirrus says:

    Sounds super! I wish you lots of visitors and every success

    • joannadailey says:

      Thanks Cirrus, the boat trip was fantastic and early evening on Wednesday should offer more chances to spot an osprey than when we were out training. Caveat re weather of course!

  2. thehutts says:

    Gutted I could not make the training and even more so now but hopefully we can sort out a canoe trip with the Calvert Trust for hardy individuals later in the season Joanna! Sally

  3. Mike says:

    Sounds like a great trip. Good luck with the next one.

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