Osprey Watch Report: 12 August 2015

On arrival, it was overcast and still, almost cool. As the day went on, the temperature rose and by 16.00 it was quite hot, with a lovely blue sky and not a ripple on the surface of Kielder Water. On leaving at 17.30 after a late flurry of visitors it was a glorious evening and looking good for those people preparing for the “meteor storm” after dark.
About 120 visitors passed through, seeing very little on Nest 1 during most of the day, but seeing both chicks and Mrs 37 on Nest 2 via the screen until it “crashed” at about 16.00. Late in the afternoon, though, VY reappeared on Nest 1 and was left a fish by YA.

YA flies off as VY concentrates on the trout (c) Forestry Commission England

YA flies off as VY concentrates on the trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks on Nest 2 also fed.

Mrs 37 feeds VS as VM eats too (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 feeds VS as VM eats too
(c) Forestry Commission England

There were also great views mid afternoon of an Osprey heading towards the dam, then returning and repeating – all much appreciated by those visitors present at the time.

As always, the visitors were thrilled with their experience – I don’t think I’ve ever heard a complaint about how far away the nest is from the viewing point. One couple from Scotland had recently been to Speyside and seen the close-to Ospreys at a well known nest, also birds fishing on the sea at Spey Bay, yet were keen to see our birds too. Others from Cornwall were so impressed with their first visit to Northumberland that they half seriously said they might move here!! Visitors from Norfolk were keen to tell of the Peregrines on Norwich Cathedral and the wintering Marsh Harriers on the Broads. Also, a New Zealander now living in Derbyshire appreciated the wildness and beauty of Kielder Water. Nor must we forget local families from Hexham who had wanted to visit for a long time and finally made it to see our Ospreys today. Another great day all round.

Tim, Les and Ian

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