Insouciance personified

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.

Blue 2H's first appearance today (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H’s first appearance today
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Down he comes again (c) Forestry Commission England

Down he comes again
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Blue 2H admiring the view from a tree near Nest 1 (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H admiring the view from a tree near Nest 1
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

At last food arrives (c) Forestry Commission England

At last food arrives
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA took it and had a few bites from the nutritious head before responding to the chicks who were begging for morsels.

YA watches on as the chicks have a meal (c) Forestry Commission England

YA watches on as the chicks have a meal
(c) Forestry Commission England

After nine minutes of feeding chick 1 couldn’t quite swallow that last bit.

Chick 1 has to rest before swallowing the last bit (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 has to rest before swallowing the last bit
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was no sign of the third egg hatching before the Café closed; will there be another chick tomorrow, though?!

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2 Responses to Insouciance personified

  1. greg Sanders says:

    Wish Blue 2h would find a friend and get on the nest at bakethin- tremendous views of that nest if it gets occupied! (next year!)- seems to be a few singles flying around this year- same as elsewhere I suppose- fingers crossed for good season still!

  2. Vivien Finn says:

    Lovely to see the chicks, Joanna and thanks for an interesting report. 2H seems very determined to be on that nest. Mrs YA was definitely not amused she looked positively angry.

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