Very sad news about one of the Nest 2 eggs

Last night at shortly before 18.00 there was another intruder incident at Nest 2. 37 was incubating when he started alarm calling.

37 prepares to chase an unseen intruder (c) Forestry Commission England

37 prepares to chase an unseen intruder
(c) Forestry Commission England

He flew off after the unseen intruder and Mrs 37 went onto the eggs. Peace was restored for 10 minutes but then she began calling and mantling.

Mrs 37 alarm calls  (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 alarm calls
(c) Forestry Commission England

An intruder came into sight and flew at Mrs 37 who accidentally kicked an egg out of the cup.

Mrs 37 chased the intruder off and returned within a minute. But she ignored the egg on the side of the nest. It was still there this morning.

Mrs 37 has stood off the three eggs  several times, moving to the edge near the abandoned egg. She has looked at it, but not tried to return it to the cup.

Mrs 37 takes a close look at the egg before returning to incubate (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 takes a close look at the egg before returning to incubate
(c) Forestry Commission England

Although at Loch Garten this year one of the eggs kicked to the edge by an intruder was returned to the cup a few days later and incubated it is more usual for the parents to ignore an egg on the side of the nest.

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4 Responses to Very sad news about one of the Nest 2 eggs

  1. Jillian says:

    Looks like it got stuck to the velcro like underneath of her foot. What a shame as we were interested to see how 4 chicks got on. Too many intruders this year at different nests with different results, very sad.

  2. Cirrus says:

    Oh, I am indeed dismayed at this accident. 2015 seems to be the year for intruders everywhere they nest.

  3. Vivien Finn says:

    This is such a shame, every egg is precious. I really feel for the adult birds, I think Mrs 37 must realise it won’t hatch as it wasn’t incubated overnight. Too many intrusions everywhere this year. Good in one way as it shows how many young birds are returning, but thank goodness for the platforms that are being erected by projects such as Kielder Ospreys and elsewhere by, ‘Friends of the Ospreys’

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