Osprey Watch Report: 20 June 2015. And a bit more on Nest 2

Here is today’s Report from Joyce and Dave:-

Despite poor weather at the start of the day the visitors were up early and waiting at the gate by 9.50. Visibility was poor early on but thankfully we had the monitor to Nest 1 showing the two chicks in the nest in our new cabin where most visitors took refuge. Mum (Mrs YA) sat on the side of the nest preening herself whilst the two chicks slumbered.

Mrs YA preens, chicks slumber (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA preens, chicks slumber
(c) Forestry Commission England

At 12.10 YA flew in with a large headless fish at which point one of the chicks tried to peck at it – unsuccessfully of course….a tad early for that small beak.

YA arrives with fish (c) Forestry Commission England

YA arrives with fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mum proceeded to feed the babes till they were sated. Sadly at 12.30 the screen went off..which was normal we were told at this time..but it came on briefly again only to go off and not come back on again disappointing the visitors – some of whom came back in the afternoon hoping it would have sprung into life again. Sorry folks!

Early afternoon YA (we suspect) chased off 2 intruders, who were Buzzards, after which he took up position in a tree to the left of the nest, then followed this by a watch to the right of the nest. Later a bird was seen soaring very high on thermals but was too high to identify that is was an Osprey.

We had over 100 visitors today of which 52 were a coach party who had journeyed over from Penrith. We were also delighted to welcome Yuka and friends ( Yuka was originally from Japan) and who came to Kielder for her ‘Hen Party’..which was very original and extremely civilised we thought! Good Luck Yuka for your wedding!

By the end of the day the weather was glorious and Kielder looked stunning. Some visitors from “the south” said they were bowled over by the beauty of Northumberland – so we confirmed to them that Northumberland is known as Britain’s ‘best kept secret’ – but they mustn’t tell anyone!

Joyce and Dave

Further update

There is an intermittent problem with the camera streams from Nest 1 which can’t be resolved in the short term. Forestry Commission Radio and Electronics Branch have worked very hard to provide temporary fixes – the planned re-boot at 12.30 being one – but this does not always work.

Visitors to Osprey Watch were still able to observe the activity around the nest area. Even from a distance it is great to see.

Over on Nest 2 the murky conditions early in the day caused condensation on the camera, although it was just about possible to discern feeding mid morning!

A feed at 10.40 (c) Forestry Commission England

A feed at 10.40
(c) Forestry Commission England

There were more feeds later and the usual sleeping in between. And some wing stretches – here Chick 1 spreads its wings and they are definitely longer than in the image from a couple of days ago.

Chick 1 shows the wing span (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 shows the wing span
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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