It was wet on Monday at Kielder although it got a bit brighter late on. White YA’s behaviour was a bit wet too. Because White EB, the Tweed Valley female who was last seen on 4 April on Nest 2, landed on Nest 1 at about 14.45! YA was sitting peacefully in a corner (the one the nestcam can’t see) when he got the surprise caller; his efforts to get rid of her were a bit feeble! Although arguably Mrs YA should have come back from wherever she was – White EB was making enough noise for her to notice! Edit: with hindsight, perhaps “Mrs YA”, who wasn’t the 2013 female but a new arrival on 26/3, thought White EB was the resident female.
After a moment or two of being a stunned osprey, YA mantled and flapped his wings. You have to say that EB is a determined female because she didn’t budge. It was YA who left the nest after ‘tweaking’ EB and perched in a nearby tree. EB shouted and preened, quite at home. But of course she was on the nest last week with 37 so it is familiar!
After about 15 minutes in the tree, YA returned to his nest and flapped at EB who just hopped up to the nestcam pole. YA flew back down to the nest a couple of minutes later when EB descended. YA mantled to no avail. A stand off went on for another 20 minutes or so with both of them on and off the nest or on the pole, with occasional brushes of EB’s back by YA as he flew around, no more violent than that. EB landed on the nest calling louder than ever it seemed. YA mantled on the edge. EB took the hint at last (and for good, we hope!) and flew off towards the lake. After a few minutes YA left too. As the live streaming to Kielder Castle Cafe stopped an osprey was in a tree near the nest but it wasn’t possible to determine which one.
It was a lot calmer on Nest 2! At lunchtime 37 brought a whole fish in then took it off before Mrs 37 could reach it. He brought the headless majority of it back for her later.
Here are some images from the Nest 1 drama and one of Nest 2.