As the end of the season nears, activity on the nests reduces as the juveniles spend time exploring – and perching – elsewhere. The nest is still a focus for food, but little else.
On Nest 3, the male has continued his prolific supply of Rainbow Trout for his 3 youngsters plus Ayle from Nest 1A.
Ancroft had been eating the remnant at the rear (in the male’s shadow) just before this delivery. Even when juveniles are on the nest, they don’t always take a new fish and the male will fly off with it.
Ayle is on the nest as much as the resident chicks. She is no longer dominant.
Archer was not going to let Ayle have breakfast until she’d finished! But there are still squabbles over fish, entirely normal on any nest.
A juvenile often takes a meal away to eat some distance from the piercing food soliciting noise.
Tracking data showed Archer flew to a clear fell with some stumps with this fish. She often sits in Sitka Spruce of varying heights in different locations. Her data shows she has ranged over 180 sq kms, not bad for a late fledging female.
Ayle was alone on the nest on 15 August when an intruder flew around the area, very close to the nest at times.
It is tempting to think the osprey was Blue w6, the Welsh male who intruded on Nest 1A earlier that day. But we haven’t been able to decipher the ring. Here’s a video of the nearest passes if anyone wants to have a go.
Streaming from the Nest 1A camera has been patchy, with none some days and only a few minutes on others. But the only juvenile to be seen is Amble. Ayle seems to have completely abandoned her natal nest, rather than just taking advantage of free meals on Nest 3. Acton’s fate is unknown.
Mrs YA may have left on migration. She was last seen on 12 August.
Last year she was absent for a few days before returning briefly, so we won’t write the date on the timeline yet.
YA is delivering plenty of food for Amble.
The nest is often empty. On 14 August, an unringed female took advantage of nobody being around to tidy up the nest for a few minutes.
There’ll be an update on Nests 2 and 4 over the weekend.