The day on Nest 1 was dominated by repeated intrusions by Blue 2H, who seems really taken with that nest and makes repeated landings despite never being welcomed. He first showed up 10 minutes after YA (on and off the nest up until then) had flown off. Mrs YA wasn’t pleased to have another visit from her nephew.
Here is a video of him landing, Mrs YA asking him to leave and him landing again despite that!
Things calmed down after that for over half an hour. Then Blue 2H was back.
Mrs YA encouraged him to fly away from the corner but he just went to a nearby tree and stayed there for 20 minutes, ignoring Mrs YA’s insistent requests for him to depart the area. He really is insouciance personified.
After those 20 minutes were up he landed another couple of times before eventually deciding to head off. It is unlikely to be coincidental that many of these intrusions take place when only one breeding adult is around. Mrs YA was very aware of her chicks and egg when Blue 2H was in the tree. Initially she was standing near the nest edge to voice her feelings but after about 10 minutes returned to brood and incubate whilst still alarm calling. She would not leave the nest to fly up to the tree and chase him out of the area, as YA would have done if around.
YA was away for four hours before returning with a fresh catch. The weather was sunny and relatively warm but breezy. The ospreys do catch fish in much choppier conditions at Kielder. Interestingly the fish 37 brought in to Nest 2 was a river fish, a roach, so perhaps hunting was tougher than it seemed to a human. But when he eventually returned YA’s trout was a fair size.
Mrs YA took it and had a few bites from the nutritious head before responding to the chicks who were begging for morsels.
After nine minutes of feeding chick 1 couldn’t quite swallow that last bit.
There was no sign of the third egg hatching before the Café closed; will there be another chick tomorrow, though?!