Friday was windy and, by the afternoon, wet at Kielder. However there was still some action in the Nest 1 area.
A family of two young crows and one adult decided to mount a takeover bid at the nest on and off during the afternoon. About 13.45 Blue 6H finished eating from a trout and flew off leaving it on the nest edge. The crows took their chance – the piece of fish was seized on and morsels fed to the young crows osprey fashion. YA was not pleased to find this and chased them off. But they returned after a few minutes and one flew off with the fish! A third visit by one of them was met by resistance from Blue 6H. The crow moved to a branch but further swoops by Blue 6H sent it packing out of camera shot. Well done!
Blue 6H had a bad day altogether – one fish taken by crows, and no sooner had YA landed with a fish around 15.50 than Mrs YA flew off with it! She and the juvenile had been sharing some nest time very amicably. No more! Blue 6H stamped, flapped and shouted then went off, returning to the camera pole later. YA watched as s/he preened somewhat precariously in the wind.
Finally, a couple of ospreys have been seen in the Nest 2 tree (in the branches below the nest) each of the last two days. Maybe one or two of the juveniles have started their migration. If so safe journey, precious ospreys!
Here are some Nest 1 images.