A couple of Scottish intruders

Although there have been less ‘intruder alerts’ on Nests 1 and 2 the incubating ospreys still watch the sky intently at times and alarm call. On Thursday afernoon Mrs YA exhibited this behaviour, then hunkered down on the nest. YA landed with a fish – was that all the fuss was about? No, a moment later there were three adults on the nest.

The intruder stands behind YA and his fish (c) Forestry Commission England

The intruder stands behind YA and his fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

After a few seconds of stand off Mrs YA employed her now familiar and effective tactic of jumping at the intruder who flew off. But she returned to perch just over the edge, apparently keen on YA’s catch!

That fish looks good (c) Forestry Commission England

That fish looks good
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA flew off but the intruder stayed until Mrs YA shooed her off again. A few minutes later the intruder overflew the nest again.

Blue EU has another look at Nest 1 (c) Forestry Commission England

The intruder has another look at Nest 1
(c) Forestry Commission England

The fish wasn’t the only attraction – unattached ospreys will prospect active sites and see how determinedly the residents defend their nest. Mrs YA is usually very resolute.

Slow motion playback revealed the intruder is ringed Blue EU.

Blue EU makes her entrance (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue EU makes her entrance
(c) Forestry Commission England

She hatched in 2012 near Tain on the Dornoch Firth, about 300 km from Kielder. A video of the incident is here.

Interestingly another osprey from the same area but a different nest landed briefly on the edge of Nest 3 on 2 May. He only stayed a few seconds and we are fortunate that the nestcam was recording at the time. Blue EE is a male who hatched near Tain in 2010.

Blue EE lands on Nest 3 (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue EE lands on Nest 3
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue EE flies away (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue EE flies away
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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One Response to A couple of Scottish intruders

  1. Cirrus says:

    I have my heart in my mouth these days when I hear of intruding Ospreys. Very pleased that she left sharpish when Mrs YA jumped at her. I do wonder if it’s possible that the male intruder happens to be the blue ringed male that was giving Odin such a hard time – Staff couldn’t spot the letters . Keep up the good work YA and take good care of your lady.

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