Osprey Watch Report: 22 July 2015

The Report from yesterday’s Osprey Watch follows, edited to avoid duplication with the earlier update:-

On the way to Kielder there was beautiful sunshine until just after Bellingham!  When I arrived David & Margaret had all the scopes up and we could see 3 osprey in the tree to the left where YA normally sits. At 10.30 at Nest 2, the two chicks and mum were sat, one of the chicks was doing wing exercises. By 11.00 on Nest 2 one chick was flapping wings the other wasn’t bothered, then the flapping chick flew from one side of the nest to the other, very nearly fledging. Around this time our first visitors arrived.

At 12.30 on Nest 1 both chicks were in the nest, ?YA was in the tree to the left and one osprey was seen flying down towards the dam. Around 13.00 ?YA was still in the tree to the left, and one osprey was flying left to right by the nest – a youngster practising flight skills, perhaps?

From this point on Mrs 37 on Nest 2 appeared to be trying to get the chicks to fledge by leaving and returning to the nest every now and then. One chick was helicoptering while her sister was wing stretching.

Coming down from a helicopter (c) Forestry Commission England

Coming down from a helicopter
(c) Forestry Commission England

Shortly before 15.00 after some wing exercise VS became a fledgling leaving VM looking bemused having the nest to herself!

What happened? (c) Forestry Commission England

What happened?
(c) Forestry Commission England

Two children who were with me at the time saw last year’s chicks helicoptering and this year saw one fledge. 

By 16.00 we had sunshine, the first since 10.00 in Bellingham! At 16.30 at Nest 1 Mrs YA was seen for the first time today and blew our theory that she had left and was on her way to Africa!

We had a very steady day with our visitors. We had Australians and people from the Netherlands (it was a first for me to have to stop speaking every now and again to be translated into any language). There were over 150 visitors in total and all appeared to have had an interesting experience.

Neil, David & Margaret

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