Here’s today’s Report:-
Midsummer at Kielder
Today’s Osprey Watch got off to a quiet start as Kielder was very blustery and cold for mid-summer’s day. Heavy showers rapidly alternated with sunshine and the weather at the nest site was frequently different from the viewpoint! The lake surface looked too choppy for easy fishing. The telescopes mostly had excellent visibility across the lake to Nest 1 (and it was midge-free), but the camera feed was missing, with no computer input.
Several returning visitors from yesterday who were already well-informed, and a family of total osprey enthusiasts from London, one of whom volunteers with the Dyfi Osprey Project, made it an interesting morning. The visitors also saw lots of activity around the nest with YA landing and leaving, at one point 2 ospreys in flight together, and then an osprey was seen by everyone at once, just the other side of the inlet in long slow flight towards the general location of Nest 2.*
At mid-day reinforcements arrived; Margaret and Brian came to help, and Kelly stopped by with her family and sorted out the computer. Suddenly the cabin came into its own, with super images of the 2 healthy growing chicks with such large feet, then both parents together on Nest 1. YA’s flights could be followed both through the telescopes and via the nest cam. An osprey was also seen flying along the other side of the lake down towards the dam in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, during an interruption of Nest 1 images, over on Nest 2 a large twig was brought in which was really difficult to fit in the right place away from the 2 chicks. When Nest 1 images were restored, Mrs YA was feeding fish to the chicks, to the delight of visitors in the cabin (whilst YA sat in a tree to the left) and by the end of the day a flurry of visitors had gathered to watch the chicks being fed, taking the visitor numbers to >70. After we left at 5pm, YA and 37 still had nearly 5 hours of daylight for some evening fishing.
Ian, Margaret, Brian and Christine
One of YA’s landings was to see off an intruder; the nestcam didn’t pick up the offending osprey that the visitors to the viewpoint saw from afar.
Here is one of the feeds by Mrs YA.
*The next image is from soon after 10.31 when 37 landed on his nest with a trout; that catch could have been made during the sighting mentioned above.
The nestcams are both recording until 19.00 so a review of the footage tomorrow will see whether there were more catches between 17.00 and 19.00!