Sunday’s report follows:-
The weather did not look too good on the way to Leapish with very heavy rain through Bellingham. Under overcast skies we set up shop. Things were very quiet to start with – the two large chicks were in the nest and no customers. A steady stream of people started to turn up but things were quiet until after lunch. Both youngsters were preening then made their way to two edges of the nest and started to exercise their wings, close to ‘helicoptering’ but both kept a good hold of the nest most of the time.
There was a dried out looking piece of fish in the nest and a chick was feeding itself on it. Later Mrs YA fed both chicks with it and then consumed the rest herself.
Mrs YA appeared at the nest a few times generally with a twig with which she decorated the nest – helped by one chick but not to her satisfaction! YA called in a couple of times once with a stick and he brought a fish in too.
More visitors turned up in the afternoon, giving a total of 112. This would be much lower but a trip bus with 40 from Newcastle boosted numbers. A day for the midges: I have over twenty bites and Sandra was also well eaten, John got away with no bites.
Neil, John and Sandra