A seldom seen event on Nest 2 today

Yesterday the weather was worse than the Met Office forecast with rain until late afternoon. Ospreys were going nowhere! During streaming hours 37 brought ‘only’ two fish for Y6. Y6 ate the 2nd one – a medium size rainbow trout – on the nest in just under 30 minutes.

Less than half an hour of eating and down goes the tail (c) Forestry Commission England

Less than half an hour of eating and down goes the tail
(c) Forestry Commission England

Today at Kielder it was wet early but the weather improved. Shortly after 14.oo Y6 received her 2nd meal of the day (as seen by the nestcam) and it was a good size rainbow trout.

37 flies after dropping off another meal (c) Forestry Commisison England

37 flies after dropping off another meal
(c) Forestry Commission England

She flew off with it so consumption time isn’t known. 37 landed with another partly eaten fish 90 minutes later but Y6 didn’t join him. A few minutes later they both came to the nest and 37 ate some of the trout although Y6 was soliciting. Would he give her the fish? This is what happened next.

37 feeds Y6 (c) Forestry Commission England

37 feeds Y6
(c) Forestry Commission England

37 gave Y6 about 6 pieces of fish – they turned away from the nestcam  so we can’t be sure – before he moved away from the trout as she made a move towards it. Feeding offspring is very unusual behaviour so late in the season and has not been seen at Kielder before. Y6 hatched 98 days ago and if the weather had been better might have started her migration by now and be catching her own fish as some juveniles have been seen doing in in southern England.

Here is the footage of 37 feeding his daughter before letting her take the trout. Press HD for best quality.

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3 Responses to A seldom seen event on Nest 2 today

  1. JW4926 says:

    What interesting behaviour ….. the bonds between 37 and Y6 are strong ….. she is just beautiful! Thank you Joanna :-) Has Y6 attempted any fishing at all d’you think?

    • joannadailey says:

      Strong bonds indeed, JW. There is no evidence that Y6 has caught a fish although occasionally she has appeared to have bathed when landing on the nest. Most juveniles haven’t caught a fish before migration so hopefully she will be fine when she does leave. She is in excellent condition from the footage.

  2. Cirrus says:

    Very precious. Lovely to watch

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