Osprey Watch Report: 14 June 2015

The Report for today follows:-

Not a lot to report sadly today. The link from the nest to our monitor failed and on top of this it was not a vintage day weather-wise – pretty cold, damp and the midges were out in force. But on the up side and thanks to Northumbrian Water we had our lovely new cabin to shelter in and this was much appreciated by the 64 visitors who came to see us. It was a low turnout for us – but not surprising due to the inclement weather. It is a joy to be able to invite out stalwart visitors into the shelter of the cabin which enables us to spend a decent time with them explaining about our 3 Osprey pairs and their combined 6 chicks and to see a video of nesting in 2013.

There was not much movement at the nest as the female will have been keeping her brood warm as they are still at the stage where they cannot regulate their own temperature. During the morning, however, a bird was seen sitting on the right side of the nest but limited light stopped us identifying who it was.

After lunch and coinciding yet again with Joanna’s arrival (we think she has tamed the Ospreys to perform for us ) we saw 2 Ospreys in the sky above the nest and it looked like a delicate spat was taking place.

By mid afternoon a bird was sitting on the nest to right again and this must have been the male as the white breast was clearly visible. Late afternoon we also saw the male (?) sitting in a tree to the right.

A visitor who arrived from Kielder Castle Café (where the link to Nest 1 was good ) reported that the nest had been left unattended for at least 5 minutes but perhaps Joanna can expand this. [Sorry, can’t! Joanna]

The visitors as usual were enthralled to learn the Osprey story at Kielder and we were very happy to welcome a volunteer from Rutland now living in Durham who needed to get his Osprey fix!!

Its great to be back and running on our second day of the season.

Joyce, Sylvia and John

The team were correct that Mrs YA spent a lot of time brooding today in the chilly weather. It was quite hard keeping two growing chicks sheltered though!

YA watches Mrs YA try and cover the chicks. And egg (c) Forestry Commission England

YA watches Mrs YA try and cover the chicks. And egg
(c) Forestry Commission England

The unhatched egg – which had been covered by moss and other nest material a couple of days ago – has slowly emerged again and mostly Mrs YA tried to incubate as well as brood.



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