News from the first Osprey Watch weekend

Before the Osprey Watch news, a short update on UV. He was still in France roaming around  south east of Cherbourg mid morning today. The weather forecast suggests the next good day to cross the Channel is Friday.

Osprey Watch, run by NWT volunteers, started last weekend at Leaplish Waterside Park. Scopes are trained on Nest 1A and the nestcam footage is available in the Osprey cabin at the back of the viewpoint. It runs from 10.30-16.30 and from 6 July volunteers will be there on Wednesdays also.

Here are reports about the first two days.

4 June Osprey Watch

It was a dull start to the day as far as the weather was concerned, but there was plenty of activity in Nest 1A where Mrs YA was feeding the four hungry chicks with a freshly caught fish. Soon after Mrs YA spotted another bird overhead and protectively spread her wings around her young.

After an hour or so the first visitors appeared and soon the place was buzzing with an enthusiastic lot who had plenty of questions to ask and were thrilled to see the nest through the telescopes. Late in the afternoon the chicks were getting restless as they had not fed for a while and YA took off, a group of us waited patiently, hoping he would bring back food. We were not to be disappointed and he returned with a large rainbow trout to everyone’s pleasure.

A welcome sight! (c) Forestry Commission England

A welcome sight!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Overall it was a good day with an estimated one hundred and twenty people taking advantage of the facilities to keep us on our toes.

Dave, Ian and Paul

5 June Osprey Watch

The weather was fantastic and we had clear views through the telescopes.

After a slow start visitor numbers built up and we had 165 throughout the day. As well as various parts of the UK they came from America, Hong Kong and Holland. The Dutch group were on a bird watching holiday and a joy to talk to. Many of the visitors were extremely knowledgeable and some were returning again after visiting on Saturday, including a very enthusiastic six year old! Some had seen Ospreys in Scotland and Rutland – others had lived near both places and had come all the way to Kielder to see them!
The nest was quite busy. Both birds were on the nest when we arrived, with a very large fish.

YA cleans his beak (c) Forestry Commission England

YA cleans his beak as Mrs YA prepares to feed the youngsters
(c) Forestry Commission England

Dad then went off hunting while Mum fed the chicks, and returned at lunchtime with another catch. Mum also left the nest a couple of times, returning on one occasion with another twig and on the other occasion sitting on top of the camera, possibly looking out for predators.

Christine, Tim and Jodi

On Sunday evenings the Calvert Trust run a motorboat cruise with an NWT volunteer on board to help spot Ospreys and other wildlife. Here is a report on that event from Glynis.

Calvert Trust Motor Boat cruise

It was a stunning warm sunny evening with little to no wind, not good conditions for Buzzards hence we didn’t spot any at all.

The trip started off well with sightings of two Ospreys quite soon after we went out but alas we didn’t see any more after that.

There was a good show of the Sand Martins near the sandy banks, then later on a couple of Oystercatchers, one or two Mallards and a solitary Cormorant.

We were also rewarded with sightings of a few trout leaping out of the water and it was a joy to see the rare Simmental cattle up to their knees in the water cooling down.
Here’s a  pic of the visitors enjoying the calm water cruise.

Looking towards the Sand Martin area (c) Glynis Shaw

Looking towards the Sand Martin area
(c) Glynis Shaw

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