Following her arrival home at 11.23, the Nest 1 female (Edit: she is not the 2013 female, who landed on 8 April) spent most of the time away from the immediate nest area. Here is a shot just after she landed.
The screenshot below shows her crop looking fairly empty, but otherwise she seems in good shape.
For her first 20 minutes back on the nest she indulged in shouting, looking and walking around, and moving the odd large stick. Just like last season! She then flew off, arriving back an hour later.
She didn’t bring a fish with her so it isn’t clear if she had been fishing. She wasn’t wet but maybe her crop looked slightly less empty. She spent most of the time preening. After another 20 minutes on the nest she was off again. The ‘long shot’ camera didn’t show her in the trees around the nest where she often perched last year.
And that was it for the day. By 16.45 it was raining at the nest site. Not too many views of her, but great relief that she is back safely.
Throughout the day reports have been coming in of ospreys either flying through the UK or reaching their nests; for example the usual male was seen on his nest at Aberfoyle and a passing female paid him a visit almost immediately! The ladies are definitely setting the pace this year, contrary to the generally held belief that males usually return first to an established nest. At Rutland Water, there are now eight ospreys but only one is a male. Let’s hope all the other Kielder ospreys come back very soon.
And what about Nest 2? Well, a bird spent some time exploring the nest about 14.00……. A male great spotted woodpecker!