Osprey Watch Report: 13 August. And other news

The two streamed nests are emptier much of the day now – especially in the wet and windy weather experienced over a few days last week. This will be the last weekend of Osprey Watch. The team yesterday enjoyed their last few hours with the osprey families. Here is their report:-

This is our final OW report, so today was a chance to see our regular birds and their offspring. So here’s hoping it’s “Au Revoir!” rather than “Good bye!”.

Variable breezes kept the midges away but kept us guessing what the weather was going to do for most of the day. A heavy rain shower around lunchtime had us cover up the scopes and obliterated any view across to Nest 1A. This changeability meant visitors were either absent, or arrived in squadrons! Total numbers reached 165+; most were on holiday and staying locally with only a few families on a day trip. UK visitors predominated but we did have a German family and a group from the Netherlands. Most visitors had sought us out as one of their “must do” list items.

On arrival, Nest 1A was empty so we switched to Nest 2 which was also empty. We played some videos which helped things along. By late morning, both nests had activity when fish arrived.

37 delivers a headless trout for Y6 (c) Forestry Commission England

37 delivers a headless trout for Y6
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA leaves after his fish delivery for Y1 (c) Forestry Commission England

YA leaves after his fish delivery for Y1
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was some squabbling as the fish arrived, including a tug-o-war, on both nests the pecking order was established.

Y4 takes the fish from Y6 (c) Forestry Commission England

Y4 takes the fish from Y6
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1A, Y3 had a long wait until it was her turn. Once Y1 was sated, Y3 claimed the remains and held the fish under her foot for most of the afternoon. We had sights on the nest, if only briefly, of 3 adults; YA delivering food, 37 ditto, and EB visiting to take a few morsels.

There were several brief sightings of ospreys flying around both nests, and a crow in the distance seemed to disturb Nest 2’s occupants. One bird did consider fishing in Leaplish Bay, but disappeared towards Bakethin after a hover lasting a minute or so. Several reports from campers, walkers and cyclists spoke of osprey sightings at the dam, Bakethin and other locations around Kielder.

Finally, we had no sight of Mrs YA or Y2.

See you next year, Ospreys!…and to quote from Hitchhikers Guide etc “Thanks for all the fish!”

Christine, Jeremy and Ian

Yesterday Y3 was eating on the nest when streaming started at 08.00. She flew, leaving about a ¼ of a fish behind her. It wasn’t her sibling who polished it off, though, but an intruder.

A free meal for an adult intruder (c) Forestry Commission England

A free meal for an adult intruder
(c) Forestry Commission England

The intruder leaves with a snack for later (c) Forestry Commission England

The intruder leaves with a snack for later
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA hasn’t been seen since 7 August when she flew off the nest with a fish supplied by YA. The last view of Y2 was on  10 August. He was 82 days old so within the migration window. It won’t be long before the rest of the N1A family depart. Bittersweet times!

The last view of Y2 (c) Forestry Commission England

The last view of Y2, ever keen to exercise his lungs
(c) Forestry Commission England

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8 Responses to Osprey Watch Report: 13 August. And other news

  1. Mike Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee and all your team for their great reports throughout the season.

  2. MaryGK says:

    Thanks very much Joanna for the update, and thank you to the Osprey Watch Team for their reports throughout the season, I have thoroughly enjoyed them, it is nice to know about the Ospreys but also great to hear of all the different nationalities visiting Kielder and a bit about them too, makes for very engaging reports.

    All the Best for you and the team and of course the Ospreys too, may they all fly safely and come back to Kielder in years to come.

  3. JW4926 says:

    I second Mary and Mike, Joanna. The reports have led to insights which I’ve found fascinating ….. and BlueUV and you and the team must have my thanks for this.
    And so it begins ….. safe journey to all of those who’ve already started the next chapter of their life – may the winds always be beneath your wings ……. Tears and ospreys seem to go together a lot just lately …..

  4. thehutts says:

    Bon voyage to all ospreys heading South. Many thanks to the osprey watch team – sorry I haven’t been able to help at all this year.
    Sally

  5. Cirrus says:

    It’s been great to read your updates Joanna. Just can’t believe that here we are at the end of the Osprey season. Did you say ”bittersweet” ? far more bitter than sweet right now . Safe journeys to all our precious birds . March 17 can’t come soon enough.

  6. Chris Butterwick says:

    Thanks Joanna, for all your interesting updates of all the Kielder osprey nests, and the news of the travels of UV too! Wishing them all well, and will wait with mixed feelings for news of your new two tagged birds.

    • joannadailey says:

      Thanks for your good wishes, Chris. There is only one new tracked juvenile, Y8 from Nest 4, who is exploring his local area.

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