It’s a good job that Yellow 37 and his female didn’t make an appearance at their nest site on Thursday because it was covered in snow over the middle part of the day. Not the nicest surface to settle on after that (presumably) African warmth.
The female who landed on Nest 1 yesterday was also absent all morning and into the afternoon although the snow wasn’t really settling at slightly lower elevations. So worrying starts – was she definitely last year’s female? Cue more intensive examination of ‘now’ and ‘then’ screenshots. Was the osprey yesterday really speckled deeply enough from chin to mid chest? Or was she slightly sunbleached, and last year’s osprey slightly peat marked from incubating?
At 14.55 an osprey flew across the screen which was showing the ‘long shot’ view and landed on Nest 1. Change to the nestcam, and there was yesterday’s female. She stayed 30 minutes or so and preened on the lakeside edge of the nest. She walked around the nest doing a little bit of tidying (or untidying!) and a half hearted scrape in the centre of the nest. She looked around and called out before flying off. Then 10 minutes before the streaming stopped she was back again. She moved bits of bark about and did a ‘full on’ scrape to form a cup in the centre of the nest. She definitely thinks it is her home! When the streaming stopped she was at the edge of the nest, shouting hard. Come on, White YA, someone’s waiting for you!