Fledging wasn’t the only excitement today…

… a ringed intruder swooped low over Nest 1 as well! But we’ll start with the final two fledges on Nest 2.

The stats are:-

Blue 7H, the youngest Nest 2 chick, fledged at 12.19. She has always been adventurous

Blue 9H, the middle Nest 2 chick, fledged at 13.58

A video of Blue 7H’s big moment is here. She was treated to a meal shortly after her fledge.

Blue 9H enjoyed her first flight (video here) so much she went off again a couple of minutes after her return.

Only back from her first flight a couple of minutes earlier, Blue 9H gets ready to go again (c) Forestry Commission England

Only back from her first flight a couple of minutes earlier, Blue 9H gets ready to go again
(c) Forestry Commission England

Off she goes! (c) Forestry Commission England

Off she goes!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Later in the afternoon there was more eating on Nest 2.

On Nest 1, the young fledglings stayed mainly in the nest area today, a gusty one. They seemed to find the wind challenging. Blue UV spent some time taking off and landing on the nest.

Blue UV heads home after a short outing (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue UV heads home after a short outing
(c) Forestry Commission England

So, that intruder incident! The fledglings flattened themselves at about 11.20, then YA flew down to the nest, mantling. The legs of an intruder appeared on screen as an osprey flew really low, YA leapt upwards towards (maybe, quite white chested) him. He has a BTO ring on his right leg and possibly a dark Darvic ring on the left, so likely to be Scottish. Frustratingly the nestcam froze for a second during the flypast. These are the only images.

The intruder has at least a BTO ring and possibly a Darvic (c) Forestry Commission England

The intruder has at least a BTO ring and possibly a Darvic
(c) Forestry Commission England

The intruder flies of; YA has leapt into the air (c) Forestry Commission England

The intruder flies of; YA has leapt into the air
(c) Forestry Commission England

So another “we’ll never know” unless the osprey tries another low sortie.

 

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3 Responses to Fledging wasn’t the only excitement today…

  1. Joyce Rawlings says:

    Lovely, lovely moments – well captured Joanna!!

  2. Rosie Shields says:

    Frustrating. So near yet so far to an identification . What a fantastic day.

  3. Vivien Finn says:

    Really enjoyed these videos, Joanna. A first class landing by 9H and great footage of her siblings watching her flight. It looked like they were thinking ‘just how far is she going’ lol. What a pity the darvic ring on the intruder wasn’t more visible. I hope you get another opportunity to ID.
    Two very memorable days for all, congratulations!

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