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.
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!