Yesterday was extremely wet until mid afternoon in Kielder Forest. As soon as the rain eased off a bit, 218/Druridge, who had been helicoptering well for 3 days, got into action.
Both she and 219/Dilston had a few more flaps, then 218/Druridge decided it was time to fly.
She fledged at 60 days old.
She wasn’t seen again before the nestcam went off, but she was lying in the nest this morning. And was soon up wanting some food!
There were a few scraps on the nest, but W6 hasn’t brought a top up at the time of writing, 13.00. Fishing conditions are difficult in strong blustery winds, but YA has supplied a large trout to Nest 1A, so hopefully for the Nest 6 duo lunch will arrive soon.
Whilst waiting 218/Dilston has had a few flights. She has landed well – here is an example, as she returned just as Mrs W6 was asking an intruder (unseen on camera) to leave the area.
There are still four young ospreys to fledge in Kielder Forest. 219/Dilston seems nearest from his ability to helicopter, but 217/Derwent on Nest 1A shouldn’t be too far behind.
Little exercise has been seen during monitoring of Nest 7.