On Monday 27 April there were a couple of intrusions on Nest 1. Frustratingly the first visit at 10.10 was by an osprey who landed in the ‘out of sight’ corner.
Mrs YA was not happy.
She stayed crouched over the eggs shouting but the intruder did not take the hint. Mrs YA moved away from the cup and was clearly making her feelings known but he must have stayed put. Eventually she jumped at him.
This must have worked because she settled back on the eggs. But peace did not last long as a few minutes later back the osprey came for another look!
The world stopped for a second as the ring lettering identified the osprey as Blue 2H, who fledged from Nest 2 in 2012! The first ever record of a returner to the natal area of a Kielder born osprey.
And what a bold three year old he is – he landed on the nest and hopped up to the front edge.
He stayed looking around for about a minute before flying away.
Another minute passed and YA landed, too late to do his duty and see off the intruder. Even though it was his nephew!
Blue 2H was seen over a few days last year at Hurworth Burn in County Durham. His sister, Blue 1H, landed on the perch next to their grandparents’ nest at Glaslyn this year. So both the young who fledged from Nest 2 in the rainy and cold summer of 2012 have survived to return to the UK.
Here is a video of the historic visit.