Nest 1A nestcam technical problems – just before hatching was due – mean we can’t tell how many chicks have hatched. Osprey Watch and field observations have recorded possible feeding activity. The chicks would have begun hatching during a spell of wet weather. The adults are experienced parents who protected and fed four very young chicks last year during some inclement weather, so hopefully all the chicks are thriving.
The males on Nests 2 and 4 have incubated less during the wet weather, as is the norm. On Nest 2 a barrier has been built to prevent us seeing a hatch. This is one of the largest additions to the front edge.
Yesterday EB was still adding material.
The first egg reaches the 37 day point this afternoon, the average ‘first hatch’ day.
Nests 3 and 4 are nearly a week behind Nest 2. The eggs are being turned regularly on both nests – and are visible to the camera at the moment! The Nest 3 male flew over the nest yesterday morning, possibly with a fish, which encouraged the female to stand off her clutch. Press HD for best quality on all videos.
The limited Nest 3 coverage indicates the male is as good provider as previous years. Fish often feature.
Nest 4 has experienced a few close encounters with intruders. An unringed female landed on the nest on different days last week. She adopted a submissive pose on the edge on both occasions.
After the rain had ceased on 20 May the 2 year old Welsh male Blue W6 (see post of 21 May) obviously had a fly around Kielder Forest and found Nest 4.
We haven’t seen him on camera since then so he’s probably continued his UK tour!