Yesterday an intruding juvenile male landed on Nest 2 at 14.05. None other than Blue VK from Nest 3. Unfortunately he stood at the very top of the nest, so although that allowed his Darvic ring to be identified, there is no full image of him.
Blue 7H flew onto the nest and mantled initially. But Blue VK stayed on the edge for 3 minutes, and Blue 7H sat near him after about half that time. As she was half out of view too it isn’t possible to say if she was shouting at him, but she definitely wasn’t mantling. It is between 7 and 8 miles as the osprey flies between the two nests; none of the tracked juveniles has gone half that distance, yet they fledged at least 3 days before Blue VK.
A morning visit to Nest 3 failed to spot a juvenile, but that doesn’t seem surprising now! The adult male was present on the nest or a tree, but there was no sign of the female. It is almost a week since she was seen so it is likely she has migrated.
Mrs YA was still around yesterday evening, although she hasn’t been to her nest much in the past few days. And she only stayed long enough to leave the stick and interrupt a meal for Blue VT (on the left behind her). As he looked up from eating to see who had landed Blue VV snatched the fish!
During the time the nestcams are running it is evident there has been a slight drop in the number of fish deliveries although they are almost all quite substantial, so the overall weight per day won’t have decreased as much. There is still competition for a new fish most of the time. On Nest 1 yesterday YA flew in with a trout at 17.35 and found a welcoming party.
YA departed as speedily as he arrived.
Here is a video of part of a lengthy tug of war, which Blue UV won. So a day in which the two juvenile males at Kielder did well in different ways.