Having four nests in Kielder Forest means we’re likely to witness many ups and downs. Much of our attention until this morning has been focused on Nest 2, but the ospreys on Nests 1A and 4 have been carrying on with their lives and an update is overdue.
On Nest 1A, the young ospreys have been exercising more often as they approach fledging age. But not on wet days, and there have been a few of them, including today. When they beat their wings the difference in feather development is clear.
Here’s a clip from Sunday of all three youngsters exercising. Press HD for best quality on all videos.
Here Amble sustains 21 seconds of action.
The only male, Acton, strengthens his wings and legs almost as much as his eldest sister.
One of the most interesting aspects on Nest 1A is observing how the young ospreys cope with feeding themselves. Here, for the first time on recordings, a youngster grasps the fish which makes eating so much easier.
Sometimes when YA delivers a fish, he and Mrs YA leave the young ospreys to cope. Here. Amble has had a nibble or two. Ayle decides to take over.
Intrusions are regular events on Nest 1A, perhaps a couple of times a day. On Nest 4 they have been much more frequent. At least two ospreys have been inspecting the nest. This image is of an unringed osprey.
A Scottish osprey has been relatively near the nest too, but not close enough for a ring to be read.
On 29 June there hadn’t been a fish delivery since before 08.00. There were a couple of intrusions early afternoon and 69 had defended his nest with Mrs 69. Soon after the last one, Mrs 69 had a couple of pecks at 69, possibly wanting him to bring more food. She has an empty crop.
Despite the intruder disruptions the chicks are doing well. Even though there is less than 24 hours between hatching, chick 1 is markedly less ‘downy’ than chick 2.
Today, chick 2 looked ‘bulked up’.
Neither are doing a lot of exercising. None today in incessant rain. But here is a clip of chick 1 yesterday.