And finally Blue 2H says hello to mum!

We’ve seen Blue 2H who hatched on Nest 2 in 2012 on both Nest 1 (quite a few landings there now) and Nest 3 but not his natal nest. Nestcam streaming is just 9 hours a day so maybe he has checked in there, but it would be very special to see him at that nest.

Late yesterday Mrs 37 started alarm calling.

Mrs 37 alarm calls (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 alarm calls
(c) Forestry Commission England

An osprey hovered into view and there was a blue ring on the right leg – was this Blue 2H?

Is this Mrs 37's son? (c) Forestry Commission England

Is this Mrs 37’s son?
(c) Forestry Commission England

Here is a video clip of the ‘event’, the intruder is only in shot for a couple of seconds.

The ring number was never totally clear (although the ‘2’ was visible in a couple of frames) but comparison of tail and primary feather markings led to the conclusion that it was indeed Blue 2H.

An historic moment and it also helps prove adults don’t recognise their offspring!

Thanks to Paul for checking the footage and comparison images to validate the findings.

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4 Responses to And finally Blue 2H says hello to mum!

  1. thehutts says:

    But this isn’t exactly his natal nest – that is the nest in the dead tree! Maybe he has been there and that is why you haven’t yet seem him on the nestcam? Sally

    • joannadailey says:

      Poetic license, Sally! He could have landed on the old tree although as the adults still use it as a perch and to feed he’d be chased off from there too.

  2. Vivien Finn says:

    How good was that to drop in on his mum! A special moment for you, particularly with him visiting the other nests. Really pleased for you, Joanna. My choice to focus on, is that Blue 2H is STILL in the Kielder area and hopefully will remain so. We would love for similar to happen at Glaslyn. :)

    • joannadailey says:

      We hope Blue 2H will find a suitable site too, Viv. And that you have some Glaslyn offspring making a home near Glaslyn rather than in England and Scotland.

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