Chaos at Kielder

What a day! Until now, apart from the excitement of having two ospreys back from migration, one on each nest, things had been fairly calm. Yellow 37 had been doing his usual nestoration work. The female from Nest 1 hadn’t been around from the intermittent checks on the Nest 1 camera, but with the thick mist that wasn’t overly concerning.

Then yesterday afternoon we had a caller on Nest 1. She is ringed White EB, which from the imagicat data website is a 2007 born Tweed Valley osprey who nested there in 2010. So probably a rest en route, we thought. Here she is yesterday.

White EB on Nest 1, 31 March  (c) Forestry Commission England

White EB on Nest 1,
31 March
(c) Forestry Commission England

We didn’t think we’d see her today. But not only is she still at Kielder, but Yellow 37 has noticed her and is wooing hard! He landed on Nest 1 (yes, his brothers’ property!) and after some mantling he attempted to mate. There were several goes in the morning, culminating in him bringing a fish for her which she ate with gusto whilst he waited patiently at the nest edge. Then sought a ‘thank you’! She isn’t particularly receptive to mating but for much of the afternoon she sat on top of the nestcam pole and Yellow 37 came onto the nest and off again – up to try his luck on the slightly perilous perch.When he was on the nest and she was on the pole they looked comfortable, preening occasionally. They flew around the area together, Yellow 37 chased some crows away, just like it is his own nest. When on the nest he looks around all the time, so not as relaxed as when on Nest 2. But he did move a few sticks about. Given he is a much better nest builder than White YA, maybe a nest swop isn’t a bad idea!

The blog was just about to be published when in flew Yellow 37 to Nest 1 complete with a large, live trout. He started shouting and down flew an osprey. But, wait! It was the Nest 1 female from 26 March and Yellow 37 was no gentleman. Even though she was clearly hungry, he flew off with the fish! And only returned once the Nest 1 female had left.

What will tomorrow bring? If it is White YA, there’ll be more drama for sure!

White EB isn't too enamoured by some of Yellow 37s first courtship rituals (c) Forestry Commission England

White EB isn’t too enamoured by some of Yellow 37s first courtship rituals
(c) Forestry Commission England

White EB reflects on what just happened (c) Forestry Commission England

White EB reflects on what just happened
(c) Forestry Commission England

A bit later Yellow 37 tries the subtle approach. White EB has just finished the fish he brought and cleans her talons. Yellow 37 waits on the edge (c) Forestry Commission England

A bit later Yellow 37 tries the subtle approach. White EB has just finished the fish he brought and cleans her talons. Yellow 37 waits on the edge
(c) Forestry Commission England

Old habits die hard. Besides, it'll probably impress her (c) Forestry Commission England

Old habits die hard. Besides, it’ll probably impress her
(c) Forestry Commission England

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4 Responses to Chaos at Kielder

  1. Tiger says:

    Tell 37 that you should not covet your brother’s wife.

    • joannadailey says:

      He didn’t, Tiger, because he flew off with the big brown trout as soon as she landed! White EB must fall into a ‘fair game’ category!

  2. Marion Webb says:

    Thanks for the update – sounds as though it could be an interesting time ahead

  3. Chaos indeed. This is turning into a cliffhanger of a soap.

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