It has been a while since an update on Nest 3. The limited coverage hadn’t shown anything of especial interest until the last few days. There has been no definite sighting of the female since 9 August but her departure date is uncertain because of limited recording. (The last dates the Nest 1 and 2 females were seen are 24 August for Nest 2 Mrs 37 and 26 August for Mrs YA.)
A Nest 3 download yesterday revealed the juveniles and male were still around on 29 August in the evening, although on 30 August only VN and the male were present in the morning footage and during the site visit in the early afternoon. The male continues to be a prolific provider, delivering new catches even though half a fish remains on the nest.
An hour later VN was happily tucking in despite his earlier disappointment.
Given VW didn’t make an appearance when the fish arrived yesterday she may have left on her migration. Perhaps this is one of the last poses together by the Nest 3 juveniles.
One of the clips from Nest 3 showed the unringed female who has pestered Nest 2 especially but also Nest 1 this season. Her growing tail feather is a help in identifying her.
And whilst on the subject of intruders… Over on Nest 1 a couple of Aberfoyle birds have visited. Many thanks to David Anderson for their details. One is a 2013 female from the brood of three at Aberfoyle’s CCTV nest. Blue CH2 landed very briefly on Nest 1 on 8 August much to VP’s consternation. This image is just before she touched down out of range of the nestcam on the right hand edge.
The other Aberfoyle visitor was also a female. She stayed just under 4 minutes on the morning of 29 August before VP saw her off, but at the cost of a part eaten fish. Blue HV has been to Nest 1 before in Spring 2014. She was born in 2010 and was photographed in Senegal before her successful return to the UK.
Our thanks to Paul for painstaking work getting clear enough images of the rings from frame-by-frame analysis.