Not again!

On Saturday on Nest 2 all was going well – a couple of feeds, with the third chick pushing its way into the mix to ensure it got fair shares! Some dozing in the sun, sticks brought in by 37 just for a change….

The intruder osprey is visible about 1 o'clock from Mrs 37s beak (c) Forestry Commission

The intruder osprey is visible about 1 o’clock from Mrs 37s beak
(c) Forestry Commission

Then at about 15.15 Mrs 37 started screaming and mantling. She was looking skyward and getting extremely exercised. An intruder again? Down to the nest came 37 and he too was mantling and shouting. An osprey could be seen crossing the clear fell behind the nest. The eyes of the ospreys followed the intruder as it flew around and over the nest area.

 

the couple scream at the intruder overhead (c) Forestry Commission

The couple scream at the intruder overhead
(c) Forestry Commission

The pair were looking immediately above them as a shadow passed over them. For about 3 minutes in total the intruder held their attention although it did not attempt to land. Mrs 37 calmed down rather more rapidly than on Friday and even went for a few short flights within 30 minutes. The chicks had joined in the shouting this time; gosh, they are growing up quickly!

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2 Responses to Not again!

  1. Rosie Shields says:

    What dramatic pictures. Is this the same intruder as before or didn’t we get as good a view as last time when he/she landed on the nest? Fascinating that the chicks joined in with the shouting; I would have thought that they would have just stayed low on the nest to avoid the intruder’s attentions (and being stepped on by their anxious parents!).

  2. joannadailey says:

    We didn’t see the intruder close enough this time, Rosie, just from a distance. It could have been the same one hanging around – Kielder does tend to get young birds during the summer – or one passing through. I’m not sure whether the chicks were shouting at the intruder, copying their parents, or at 37 whose tail had swiped them a few times when he mantled! The previous day when the intruder landed they did stay huddled together.

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