Yes, it’s a new lady on Nest 2

The metallic BTO ring is clearly visible on this lovely female.(c) Forestry Commission

The metallic BTO ring is clearly visible on the left leg of this lovely female.
(c) Forestry Commission

Comparison of images of the previous female on Nest 2 with the one being very much at home on Monday revealed she is indeed a new bird. Click on the image to see the ring. The original male has accepted her, but if his previous partner returns there is likely to be some vying for his favours. Migration has been delayed this year and although numbers have picked up in the last few days, ospreys are still crossing from France and travelling up the UK.

A reasonable catch! (c) Forestry Commission

A reasonable catch!
(c) Forestry Commission

After an intensive hour or so of fetching sticks and mating, 37 flew off whilst the female ate most of a fish. She then left the nest shortly before 37 returned with a  catch which wriggled as he landed, so he took it away immediately! Bringing a live fish to the nest doesn’t impress the females; once there are chicks a thrashing fish can knock them out of the nest. Often the head is missing when a fish is brought in by the male. No doubt then!

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3 Responses to Yes, it’s a new lady on Nest 2

  1. viv blake says:

    Your info about the wiggling fish is amaziing – so pragmatic!

    Do you have any precise knowledge as to where our returnees have come from? (for my poem!)

    • joannadailey says:

      Afraid not, Viv. Most UK ospreys who are satellite tracked end up in West Africa eg Senegal, Gambia. But some get no further than Spain! West Africa is probably more likely if that helps.

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