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!
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!
Nest 2 has experienced wetter weather than Nest 1A in the last few days.
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.
Yesterday afternoon 37 brought the fifth flounder of the season to the nest so had been on quite a long fishing trip.
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!