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.
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.
Blue 2H mantled as the male shouted and flapped his wings.
After a few seconds Blue 2H left; the male decided he’d better eat the gift!
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.
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.