Osprey Watch Report: 3 August

A wet Wednesday didn’t depress the Osprey Watch team’s spirits! Here’s their report:-

Here are the stats:-

30 visitors (including Gillie’s friends)
3 volunteers
1 song thrush
1 Chinook
1 very knowledgeable lady from Cumbria
2 Zorbs
1 helicopter
3 ducks
1 flying osprey

A splendid rainbow over Redesdale warned of the kind of day to expect at Kielder, and Kielder didn’t disappoint; it more or less rained all day! Nest 1A was empty most of the am so we switched to Nest 2. This was badly affected by rain drops on the camera but was clear enough to identify 3 chicks taking turns to eat a freshly delivered fish.

Y6 about to try and relieve Y5 of the fish (c) Forestry Commission England

Y6 about to try and relieve Y5 of the fish in one of the clearer nestcam views
(c) Forestry Commission England

We soon abandoned Nest 2’s camera for the video loop of nest 1A.

Visitors were few and far between, so Tim felt confident to find the feed from nest 1A. This was now inhabited most of the time by at least one of the chicks. Y3 caused some concern when she attempted (and succeeded) to swallow the remaining skin of a trout. She struggled with this for about 10 minutes before managing to get it down. Later she was seen tackling a fresh trout which was delivered when we were all distracted away from the TV.

A very wet pair of ospreys (c) Forestry Commission England

A very wet pair of ospreys
(c) Forestry Commission England

The distraction was a superb 5 minute long flying display by a male osprey.  He toured the lake opposite Leaplish before hovering several times over the bay right in front of us.(Editor: the flying osprey was not YA – he delivered the trout to Nest 1A whilst the team watched the skies.)

Y3 misjudges when lunging for the trout (c) Forestry Commission England

Y3 misjudges when lunging for the trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

Some explanations are needed; the Chinook was a twin rotor helicopter which circled the reservoir several times, the helicopter was the GNAA which landed on the Leaplish slipway to attend to an injured holiday maker, this scared the mallards away into our viewpoint, the Zorbs were large inflatable plastic balls which one could climb into and do sumo wrestling without injury (they used the rubber decking in the viewpoint because the grass was too muddy) and the song thrush was feeding on the grass just outside the cabin. (NB I bet that’s the longest sentence ever in an OW report!)

Tim, Gillie and Ian

 

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