The juvenile ospreys and dad are still around and sometimes a fish is eaten on the nest. Both the female juvenile 1H and dad have been seen landing with one. So 1H could be catching fish, but today she was happy to eat dad’s offering.
On Sunday, 2H was on the nest for a while having a good squawk. As mentioned in a previous post, youngsters beg even after they have started fishing for themselves so this behaviour does not mean he can’t provide for himself. On Monday one of the pair, probably the male although his ring wasn’t visible, sat on the nest for a short time. And yesterday 2H spent some time housekeeping by moving sticks around the nest. So at that point it wasn’t clear that 1H was still at Kielder. But…
Today she arrived on the nest in close pursuit of dad, who had just landed with a fish. Having got rid of him she spent the next half hour or so tucking in without interruption. She looked around often so may have been checking her sibling wasn’t sneaking up to grab her meal. Soon that potential competition won’t be there as all three ospreys will be migrating.
Many ospreys have already arrived in W Africa, others are en route. Satellite tracked ospreys provide a fascinating insight into the birds’ journeys. Often more knowledge means less mystery, but in some ways the data from the tracking adds to the wonder surrounding ospreys. Blue 44, the sole juvenile from Loch of the Lowes, began his migration last Monday. From having had no trips outside the area (near Dunkeld) he reached a roost near Cragside, Rothbury on his first night. So in under 12 hours he travelled more than 10 times the mileage he’d ever flown in a day. Ceulan, the sole survivor at Dyfi, flew non stop for nearly 12 hours over the Atlantic less than a week after starting his migration. And most amazing of all, Alba, a female juvenile from Loch Garten, has the record for reaching her new home in West Africa after just 2 weeks. No UK satellite tracked osprey has done it before at that speed. What fantastic birds.