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.
He was bored by the afternoon.
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.
37 landed on his nest with a piece of bark as a gift then was submissive at the nest edge.
He decided to try his luck but is obviously out of practice!
He improved but despite staying on the nest ?Mrs YA wasn’t keen.
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.
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.
YA saw the intruder – his brother – off, but his first go at re-cementing a bond with Mrs YA wasn’t a success.
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.