Although we aren’t absolutely certain yet that White YA was the new male on Nest 1 at Kielder last year, he already seems part of us.
So there was particular concern when earlier today the Blagdon Lake site reported he had been caught under a net, and had to be released. Fortunately that happened quickly and he was seen flying around and preening at the far end of the lake within an hour. He was still at the site later in the day. But his brief period of capture gave an insight into the toll taken by migration. Although he seems to have fished at Blagdon Lake quite well since last Sunday, he was noticeably thin in the breastbone area. Probably the result of a tough migration because the weather in Spain and France wasn’t great when he would have been flying over – and here in the UK we all know what it has been like! Also, all these photographers admiring him, understandable as it might be, may have been a tad offputting and Blagdon have put out a plea to keep a distance.
Migration this year is definitely running a bit late, with observers commenting on significantly lower numbers than in 2012 when it was a rather warm March.
Meanwhile, back at Nest 1, which might be his destination, all was quiet today apart from light snow and hail showers. Which is possibly a blessing in disguise as the solar panels need less snow on them and more sun so we have enough power for nestcam lift off!
Here is a great photo of White YA, courtesy of Blagdon Lake.