The three breeding pairs and their offspring have probably all departed now. The Nest 3 family was first to leave.
As mentioned previously the Nest 3 female wasn’t seen on the limited nestcam footage after 9 August and VW’s last time on the nest was captured on the evening of 29 August. Her failure to appear for a fish on 30 August suggests she left early that day. VN didn’t stay much longer. Early on 31 August he landed and started food soliciting.
Nothing arrived and he flew off – he has not appeared on footage since.
The stick arrangement didn’t move in any of the recordings until 5 September when a corvid landed and was searching for scraps. The male has presumably left too; there was no sign of him in the area over a three hour period yesterday.
On Nest 2 the female was last seen on 24 August and VS on 30 August. VM and 37 were still present on the afternoon of 1 September when 37 brought a fish to the nest. Unfortunately there is no footage since then.
Some of the Nest 1 family stayed longest as far as we know. As mentioned previously, Mrs YA was last seen on 26 August and VY started her migration on 30 August, a popular day.
YA brought in a fish each day thereafter for VP, who mostly ate on the nest over the day. Occasionally she dined elsewhere, as on 2 September.
On 3 September VP landed on the nest a couple of times in the morning but YA didn’t join her.
Soon after 11.00 BST she took off to chase what looked like a Jay from the ‘long shot’ camera.
That was our last sight of her, she hasn’t been on the nest since.
YA landed in a tree at 13.09 with a fish. As he often does he ate a bit of it, possibly expecting VP to race in to the nest and request her share. But she didn’t arrive. YA sat in the tree until just before 14.00 then left. He returned at 15.17.
He was still around but alone when streaming ceased at 19.15 so it is almost certain VP had left Kielder.
Surprisingly YA seems to have stayed for longer than usual. An osprey has been by the nest but not on it until late afternoon on 5 September. When a rear view has been possible the tail feather markings look like YA and the osprey is pale chested so is probably him. A probable further sighting was at around 19.00 on 5 September at Bull Crag peninsula, which is towards the dam from Leaplish Bay. Kelly, the NWT Estates Officer for Kielder, is married to Lee who works for Northumbria Water. Out on the reservoir in a RIB, Lee rounded the corner of the peninsula to find an osprey taking a fish from the water. A very pleasant surprise!
YA may have left early yesterday. He wasn’t seen on the cameras by early afternoon and weather conditions were still very good for migration. We’re still recording just in case!