After a couple of days where only White YA and Blue 6H had been seen on the nest (usually connected with food!) it appeared likely that Mrs YA had departed. Coverage had been patchy though, with some camera problems.
On Wednesday afternoon White YA had dropped off a fish which Blue 6H ate hungrily at one side of the nest. S/he flew off with the remains soon after YA had left the tree perch above the nest, where he had been keeping an eye on things. Not 10 minutes passed and a corvid came in searching for morsels. No sign of an osprey to chase of the ‘pest’. Another corvid appeared, then they both went off. At about 16.45 an osprey landed – as it turned to face the camera we saw the dark front of Mrs YA! Blue 6H came to the nest and they were together for over 5 minutes before the female left. She had looked around, almost as if for ‘one last time’, although that is no doubt reading too much into her action. Blue 6H didn’t stay long and went off towards the water.
As it will be 3 weeks on Friday since Blue 6H fledged Mrs YA is likely to start her migration very soon, so each time we see her is special.
Here are some images from today.