More on Nest 1 today

With VP sticking to ‘out of sight of nestcam’ edges most of the day, VY fledged and parents’ absent from the nest mainly this was a day we were thankful for the ‘long shot’ camera for all it has no optical zoom or panning capability. Nevertheless it was possible to piece together the story (with the benefit of hindsight!) and it was indeed VY on the conifer branch in the image on the last blog. Identification became easier when YA landed on the nest and took an old fish skin to the tree VY was sitting in. Then Mrs YA came down to eat from the piece of fish on the nest.

Mrs YA eats as VP stays on the edge  (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA eats as VP stays on the edge
(c) Forestry Commission England

The fourth osprey on the conifer branch had to be VY, and she flapped her wings as fish were consumed under her and on the nest!

VY flaps as YA eats under her and Mrs YA dines on the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

VY flaps as YA eats under her and Mrs YA dines on the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

This was shortly before 15.00 at which hour it began to rain. VP went from the rear of the nest to the very front edge.

VP is on a flimsy twig (c) Forestry Commission England

VP is on a flimsy twig
(c) Forestry Commission England

After a few minutes VP returned to the nest proper.  VY landed, no doubt to offer the benefit of her advice on first take-offs.

The ring is a welcome sight (c) Forestry Commission England nestcam

The ring is a welcome sight
(c) Forestry Commission England nestcam

VY's eyes have taken in new sights since she last looked into the nestcam (c) Forestry Commission England

VY’s eyes have taken in new sights since she last looked into the nestcam
(c) Forestry Commission England

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4 Responses to More on Nest 1 today

  1. thehutts says:

    So glad she made it back. Sally

    • joannadailey says:

      Me too, Sally! Shame we didn’t catch the moment as she hadn’t done much helicoptering on camera. It’d be good to know if she was a confident bird or a gust carried her. She definitely looked in control of landings and take off this afternoon though, so maybe she is a natural.

  2. KEITH ROGERS says:

    Always an anxious time when ospreys first fledge and we wait until they return to the nest safely. Pleased you were able to keep her in sight on the conifer. Congratulations on another fledge at Kielder.

  3. Vivien Finn says:

    Congratulations Kielder and well done VY. Your videos are a joy to watch and the reports are always a pleasure to read. Thank you. I always enjoy watching the chicks excercising their wings, those breathtaking moments of ‘will it happen this time’ and the thrill when you actually see one of them fledge. How marvellous it must feel for them. Here’s to more successful fledgings. :)

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