Ospreys are heading south now and Kielder is always a good place for Scottish birds to stop for a fish. Or a bit of sightseeing. The number of intrusions on Nests 1 and 2 is rising. This 2013 osprey from Dumfries and Galloway was here in May. He definitely looks in need of a fish on his return trip whereas Y1 was hoping the visitor was bringing a fish!
Even with limited footage for Nest 3 a couple of intruder incidents have been recorded. In one the intruder was unseen, but on 4 August the osprey flew close to the nest.
Nest 2 has had a few visitors too, one of which was UV. This is his shadow (on the top of the pole) and wing tip. Press HD for best quality.
Comparing UV’s GPS data with the nestcam recordings revealed that a couple of earlier intrusions were also by him although no bird was visible. In this image EB is leaving the nest to escort UV away.
This was UV’s ninth visit to Kielder Forest. He flies around the whole area both sides of the reservoir but he is most attracted to Nest 2 and the surrounding fells. It is the most remote nest site – is this a factor in UV’s interest?
On 8 August an osprey landed on Nest 2 despite Y6’s discouragement.
We can expect to see quite a few more passage ospreys in the next few weeks.
The nests are still the focal point for food but are gradually in less use as a perching point. Sometimes the juveniles are taking the fish away to eat elsewhere.
The males, mainly, are keeping pace with demand even in difficult conditions such as exceptional winds for August on Sunday and Monday.
EB is bringing in one fish a day during streaming hours – from timings of her and 37’s deliveries she must be foraging herself. Mrs YA and the Nest 3 female haven’t been recorded provisioning the young from their own catches. When they make them!
Finally, we have been contacted by Gary Nicholson, a regular birdwatcher at Derwent Reservoir. On Monday evening he saw 2011 Nest 1 male Blue 39/Bracken catch a roach in front of the bird hide. He ate at the water’s edge, despite being pestered by carrion crows trying to distract him by pulling at his tail! He then enjoyed a leisurely bath and preen. Gary has been watching one or two ospreys at the reservoir for a few weeks now. Our thanks to him for sharing his experience.