Blue 2H has been looking around Kielder!

There is some limited camera coverage of Nest 3 this year. Despite only brief recording sessions Blue 2H (the 2012 Nest 2 fledgling who is the first known Kielder returner to the natal area) has been identified checking that nest out twice. So he could well have been there more often.

The first time was on 25 April at just before 17.00. An osprey could be seen flying towards the nest.

An intruder flies towards the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

An intruder flies towards the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

The male was incubating at the time and had a surprise when a fish landed on his back! Closely followed by Blue 2H heading for the nest edge.

On the  right leg a blue ring, but blurred (c) Forestry Commission England

On the right leg a blue ring, but blurred
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H mantled as the male shouted and flapped his wings.

Blue 2H mantles as the male flaps at shouts (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H mantles as the male flaps and shouts
(c) Forestry Commission England

After a few seconds Blue 2H left; the male decided he’d better eat the gift!

The male tucks in (c) Forestry Commission England

The male tucks in
(c) Forestry Commission England

This was the first view at Kielder of a right leg/blue ring intruding osprey – 2 days before Blue 2H landed at Nest 1. Although the snapshots don’t show the ring number a comparison of the head markings and a partial sight of the ring (the number 2) show this was Blue 2H.

The next sighting was on Nest 1 on 27 April (see previous post).

Blue 2H was back to Nest 3 again on 2 May, landing three times with a fish despite the female being less than welcoming. There is a video here. A couple of snapshots of the tenacious young osprey follow.

Blue 2H's first landing (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H’s first landing
(c) Forestry Commission England

The second landing; the female is distinctly unimpressed (c) Forestry Commission England

The second landing; the female is distinctly unimpressed
(c) Forestry Commission England

We are very pleased that Blue 2H has been at – or repeatedly visiting – Kielder Forest for a week, although we would prefer he was being less disruptive to the active nests. There is always a risk that eggs could get trampled when intruders attempt to land on a nest. Hopefully he will try and establish his own territory.

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3 Responses to Blue 2H has been looking around Kielder!

  1. Joyce Rawlings says:

    Great footage of Blue 2h with the fish…ahhh..he wants a mate and a home at Kielder!!

  2. chocoholix says:

    Great blog, thank you very much! Are there any more empty nest platforms at Kielder that 2H could estabish a nest on for himself, rather than disturbing the existing breeding nests? I know he would probably prefer to take over an active nest anyway, but are there other options for him locally? Thanks!

    • joannadailey says:

      There are other nest platforms around Kielder, chocoholix. Or 2H could build his own nest as his parents did in 2010, somewhat flimsily.

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