After all the excitement of a probable identification of last year’s Nest 1 male as White YA, a 2007 Glaslyn chick, it is now clear that the Kielder Nest 2 male is his big brother!
The second nest was used for the first time in 2011. A pair of ospreys had been observed by the Forestry Commission (FC) trying to build a nest in a tree – and failing – in 2010. Typical of first time breeders. Over the winter the FC made a more solid platform and in 2011 their efforts were rewarded when a pair bred and produced 2 chicks that fledged.
In 2012 the pair returned and a newly installed HD nestcam revealed the male had a 37 ring on his right leg. The colour was indistinct but at times seemed white, at others cream or very pale yellow. So no firm identification. However, a review of various shots of the ring and the knowledge that bright yellow rings are known to fade has led to the conclusion that we have 2005 Yellow 37 at Kielder. He is one of the first pair of chicks to fledge from Glaslyn.
And another coincidence – in 2011 the ring had not been identified, but one of his offspring that year has Blue 37 on its right leg! You couldn’t make it up.
This adds so much to knowledge of the behaviour of these magnificent birds. Can’t wait for the new season to get going.