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