Osprey Watch Report: 16 July. And more

Here is the NWT volunteers’ Report about yesterday’s Osprey Watch:-

The weather was fairly variable throughout the day and we had various mixtures of wind, cloud and sunshine. Luckily, there were no midges around to pester us!

In terms of visitors, we had a fairly slow start to the day with few people coming round till mid-afternoon. For the last couple of hours we had a flurry of groups coming to look through the scopes and watch the live feed. Most were visiting from the Northumberland area, including a couple who have been riding their motorbikes nearby at various times over the last 30 years but this was the first time they had stopped in to have a look at the facilities and are now thinking of future trips with the grandchildren at Kielder to show them the Osprey! Other visitors had travelled from much further afield including Zimbabwe and Australia.

As far as the ospreys went it was relatively quiet day, which we put down to the high wind speeds over at the nest. Two of the young were on the nest as we started the day, one of which we identified as Y3.

Apart from a possible intruder early on and YA coming to display protective behaviour, the only other excitement in the morning was the coming and going of Y3’s siblings and the mother bringing in twigs to decorate with!

YA asks the intruder to leave (c) Forestry Commission England

YA asks the intruder to leave
(c) Forestry Commission England

Y2 sets out on another flight (c) Forestry Commission England

Y2 sets out on another flight
(c) Forestry Commission England

The afternoon looked to continue on in the same way but YA brought back a very large rainbow trout around 2.30pm. Y2 dispatched the trout but it wasn’t until the mother came back and tore up the fish that the young on the nest all ate. Y0 was not seen on the nest at all throughout the day, but there was bird sitting on the camera for most of the day where it could not be identified. Just before 4pm two birds were seen flying around the nest, and all heads were tracking. It is possible that it may have been YA and Y0. Finally, Y3 still did not fledge today, but it shouldn’t be too much longer!

Alex, Ian and Jeffery

As stated in the Report it was windy at Lakeside level and at the higher elevation of the nest gusts would have been stronger. Y3 exercised less than she had done the previous day, when she added some modest helicoptering to her routine, although not in this clip. Press the HD button for best quality.

The youngsters were ready for the trout in the afternoon – Y2 nipped Mrs YA’s ankle in desperation a bit earlier!

Y2 bites Mrs YA's ankle (c) Forestry Commission England

Y2 bites Mrs YA’s ankle
(c) Forestry Commission England

Nest 2 has experienced wetter weather than Nest 1A in the last few days.

Another wet afternoon (c) Forestry Commission England

Another wet afternoon
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks are over a week younger than the Nest 1A brood so are some way off fledging. Y4 and Y5 have just started to add some jumps to their wing exercises.

Y5's highest jump to date (c) Forestry Commission England

Y5’s highest jump to date
(c) Forestry Commission England

Yesterday afternoon 37 brought the fifth flounder of the season to the nest so had been on quite a long fishing trip.

Lunch arrives (c) Forestry Commission England

Lunch arrives
(c) Forestry Commission England

Finally, Nest 1 is still being monitored in case visiting ospreys land there, although it doesn’t look much like a desirable osprey nest now. A couple of chaffinches have been enjoying themselves on it recently!

Intruders! (c) Forestry Commission England

Intruders!
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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3 Responses to Osprey Watch Report: 16 July. And more

  1. Mike Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee. All systems are clearly Go for you.

  2. JW4926 says:

    Lovely to see them all coming on so well Joanna ….. I love the hops and jumps …… but gets quite bit crowded when 2 decide to practice manoeuvres. As ever, thank you.

  3. Karen Elizabeth says:

    A super blog. I can hardly believe that we’re already seeing the nests begin to empty as all our youngsters begin to take flight. The season is whizzing by faster than ever. It’s marvelous to see so many nests doing so well. What with UV coming home too, this year is a really special year.

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