The weather at Kielder has continued to be sunny and hot – 24.5ºC at Leaplish Waterside Park this afternoon – and although the nest sites will have been cooler the chicks have still been seeking shade when they aren’t feeding or exploring.
A visit to Nest 3 today confirmed that the third egg is still intact. The two chicks looked well. Here is a video from 7 June mainly but also a short clip from 8 June. Many thanks to Paul for some technical wizardry on the 7 June footage.
Since 8 June footage from Nest 3 has shown a lot of eating going on – especially considering there are only two short recording sessions a day. This is an image from this afternoon when the male was feeding the chicks.
There’ll be a bit more about Nest 3 over the weekend.
On Nests 1 and 2 the chicks are also feeding well. There is a technical problem affecting the Nest 1 cameras at the moment so there is reduced daily coverage. But when we have a view this is a frequent sight.
Mrs YA seems to have a bit of trouble with angles so her attempts to shelter the chicks aren’t always entirely successful.
Yesterday YA had a go at feeding a chick again. It took several attempts to succeed: last year he was into his stride earlier.
On Nest 2 the chicks are exploring the nest. This was yesterday morning.
Both chicks are being well fed but sometimes it must be hard for Mrs 37 to choose which open mouth to fill.
Finally a reminder that Osprey Watch 2015 at Leaplish Waterside Park starts tomorrow. Watch out for a report from the team on here!