Intruder alert!!!

On Nests 1 and 2 today there was the usual ‘getting down to business’ activity but also some intruder action.

Nest 1 had the most dramatic experience. It had been a pretty normal start to the day, some sticks and moss brought in and a bit of mating. But at 10.25 whilst YA was off gathering a clod of earth Mrs YA saw an intruder heading for the nest.

Mrs YA shouts and mantles as an intruder flies past (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA shouts and mantles as an intruder flies past
(c) Forestry Commission England

And now a video of the intruder calling in at Nest 1.

We couldn’t get the ring number from this – well done to any reader who does – but a second brief landing provided a clear view. More details to follow about this Scottish osprey.

After settling down again YA brought another stick to the nest.

YA looks intent on his task of placing a stick (c) Forestry Commission England

YA looks intent on his task of placing a stick
(c) Forestry Commission England

The pair sat side by side on the nest edge for much of the time. There were a few mating attempts with Mrs YA being receptive.

Over on Nest 2, at just after midday the pair also seemed concerned by something in the sky.

37 and Mrs 37 watch something (c) Forestry Commission England

37 and Mrs 37 watch something
(c) Forestry Commission England

But on the whole it was a very peaceable day for them. The final image shows 37 eating the last bit of a fish whilst Mrs 37 looks up at the nestcam.

37 tucks in whilst Mrs 37 poses! (c) Forestry Commission England

37 tucks in whilst Mrs 37 poses!
(c) Forestry Commission England

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