Pesky crows, pesky parent!

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.

Blue 6H about to have some late lunch (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 6H about to have some late lunch
(c) Forestry Commission England

the crows feast on Blue 6H's leftovers (c) Forestry Commission England

the crows feast on Blue 6H’s leftovers…
(c) Forestry Commission England

... and the crows return for one to fly off with the fish (c) Forestry Commission England

… and then return for one to fly off with the fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA brings a fish in and the whole family are together - for how many more times? (c) Forestry Commission England

YA brings a fish in and the whole family are together – for how many more times?
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

Mrs YA takes the fish away immediately!  (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA takes the fish away immediately!
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

one annoyed juvenile (c) Forestry Commission England

one annoyed juvenile
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

 

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One Response to Pesky crows, pesky parent!

  1. Elizabeth B says:

    It must be really tough to see your precious Osprey heading off on their long dangerous journey and not knowing how they will fair. Thanks to all bloggers for keeping us up to date with the day to day developments on the nest. Lets hope all the young make a reappearance in the UK over the next few years.

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