A strange day

Today it seemed as though Mrs YA ventured over to Nest 2, where 37 has been ‘home alone’ since his very early return on 24 March. Yesterday he was very diligent at his nest after not being seen on it at all since Saturday morning. Here is one of many nest cup scraping efforts.

37 makes the nest cup deeper (c) Forestry Commission England

37 makes the nest cup deeper
(c) Forestry Commission England

He was bored by the afternoon.

37 is a bit bored (c) Forestry Commission England

37 yawns
(c) Forestry Commission England

Today it was all change. At 11.15 Mrs YA – is it? – arrived at Nest 2! And within half an hour it was clear 37 was skydancing.

Mrs YA watches 37 skydance (c) Forestry Commission England

?Mrs YA watches 37 skydance
(c) Forestry Commission England

37 landed on his nest with a piece of bark as a gift then was submissive at the nest edge.

37 in submissive pose (c) Forestry Commission England

37 in submissive pose
(c) Forestry Commission England

He decided to try his luck but is obviously out of practice!

Which way do I face? (c) Forestry Commission England

Which way do I face?
(c) Forestry Commission England

He improved but despite staying on the nest ?Mrs YA wasn’t keen.

I remember now! (c) Forestry Commission England

I remember now!
(c) Forestry Commission England

After nearly three hours ?Mrs YA flew off and 37 left soon after.

Over on Nest 1, where no osprey had been seen since last night, YA landed and Mrs YA soon followed.

YA has gone to the corner, Mrs YA looks to the sky (c) Forestry Commission England

YA has gone to the corner, Mrs YA looks to the sky
(c) Forestry Commission England

An osprey landed at the edge of the nest off camera mainly but from the BTO ring on the left leg and the tail feathers seen on footage it is 37.

37 lands on his brother's nest (c) Forestry Commission England

37 lands on his brother’s nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA saw the intruder – his brother – off, but his first go at re-cementing a bond with Mrs YA wasn’t a success.

YA and Mrs YA re-united, sort of! (c) Forestry Commission England

YA and Mrs YA re-united, sort of!
(c) Forestry Commission England

There will be a video and more about these events tomorrow. The female on Nest 2 didn’t look quite as dark as Mrs YA although comparisons of underwing and back of head markings suggested it was her, and the camera angle is different on Nest 2.

It is odd behaviour for one of a successful breeding pair who are re-united  to then go ‘off piste’. Nestcams reveal so much about behaviour, perhaps this is one such occasion. Or perhaps another very dark unringed female is around! More tomorrow, and many thanks to those who have given advice on this strange behaviour.

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One Response to A strange day

  1. Sandra B says:

    Joanna what an interesting day and nothing surprises me now. Thank you. It reminds me of my fav film “Legends of the Fall” lol

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