And the ‘firsts’ continue at Kielder

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.

Osprey legs about to touch down - but not YA's! (c) Forestry Commission England

Osprey legs about to touch down – but not YA’s!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA was not happy.

Mrs YA screams at the intruder in the corner (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA screams at the intruder in the corner
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Mrs YA jumps towards the intruder (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA jumps towards the intruder
(c) Forestry Commission England

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 Darvic colour ring is clear - Blue 2H (c) Forestry Commission England

The Darvic colour ring is clear – Blue 2H
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Blue 2H turns to face Mrs YA (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H turns to face Mrs YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

He stayed looking around for about a minute before flying away.

Blue 2H heads off (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H heads off
(c) Forestry Commission England

Another minute passed and YA landed, too late to do his duty and see off the intruder. Even though it was his nephew!

YA is back too late (c) Forestry Commission England

YA is back too late
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

 

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13 Responses to And the ‘firsts’ continue at Kielder

  1. Mike says:

    Jaydee. What great news for you all. I liked “the World stopped”. Absolutely understandable.

  2. Dramatic. History is made, with a super video – I was there, shouting too.

  3. Joyce Rawlings says:

    Amazing news!!!!

  4. Vivien Finn says:

    Fantastic news, it just gets better and better. Super report, photos and video. What a success rate for Nest 2 2012 young adults returning. He’s a really smart bird too! So pleased for you all at Kielder. Really encouraging news all round.

    • joannadailey says:

      2H does indeed look smart, Viv. And he showed determination, he wanted a good look at that nest despite Mrs YA who can be quite fearsome!

      For two out of two fledged young to return to the UK is outstanding. Having two Glaslyn males here is contributing massively to Kielder’s success. Heartfelt thanks.

  5. Jillian says:

    Brilliant and so pleased about the 4 eggs.

  6. KEITH ROGERS says:

    This is great news to hear that 2H has completed his second spring migration. Wonder if he will give Dad a visit and get a warm Welcome Home Son.
    Seriously he now needs to take a look at some of these nests you have put up nearby and hope he makes Kielder his home.

  7. Sandra Bainbridge says:

    Is that 100% return rate for nest 2 now. Wonderful news

    • KEITH ROGERS says:

      From 2012 brood both 1H and 2H have been sighted in the UK this year but both have been sighted previously.
      Blue 38 from 2011 Nest 2 was sighted in N Yorkshire in 2013.
      I think Blue 37 is the only one not seen from Yellow 37 Dynasty but Joanna will correct if I am wrong.
      Then we have Blue 35 and Blue 39 from Nest 1 but they were prior to White YA Dynasty.

      Look forward to maybe a sighting of some of the 2013 birds – we have a chance in four.

      Joanna – If I have got some information wrong I will apologise in advance :).

      • joannadailey says:

        No apologies needed, you are correct, Keith.

        Blue 2H’s sister Blue 1H has been seen again today at Glaslyn! These Kielder kids like the spotlight.

  8. Sandra Bainbridge says:

    No 2H was seen last year. Fantastic return rate for Kielder :)

  9. SO pleased for you all. It is sooo thrilling to see the youngsters return

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