More returners – probably

A visit to Nest 3 today revealed a welcome sight – a pair of ospreys on the nest.

What is in the air? (c) Forestry Commission England

What has caught the eye?
(c) Forestry Commission England

The female was tucking into a fish. The male flew off, the female stopped eating and watched him go.

Female watches male (c) Forestry Commission England

Female watches male
(c) Forestry Commission England

The female finished the fish.

Someone is hungry (c) Forestry Commission England

Someone is hungry
(c) Forestry Commission England

and when the male returned he had a bit of a lecture about more food required.

More food! (c) Forestry Commission England

More food!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Nevertheless he got on with nest cup scraping  after the female left.

Better get on with it (c) Forestry Commission England

Better get on with it
(c) Forestry Commission England

The female is probably the same one as previous years but she has a distinctive feature we haven’t seen yet. The male is the same male as the last 2 years.

There is an excellent blog about the problems in identifying unringed ospreys on the Dyfi website where the resident pair are not back yet but there is a lot of action.

On Nest 1 there has been minimal activity. From field observations it is possible the Nest 1 pair will move to the new platform, an osprey was perched there for some time today.
Potentially this is very interesting behaviour. The Nest 2 pair moved in 2014 not much more than a  hundred metres to a platform with a better vantage point. Now it seems as though YA and Mrs YA may do the same, albeit over a greater distance.  Watch this space!

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7 Responses to More returners – probably

  1. thehutts says:

    That first photo would make a nice new header with some photos of the other pairs – if you want help creating the image let me know! Sally

  2. M Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee. Good news. Looks likely to be another established couple.

  3. Keith Rogers says:

    Fantastic to hear you have all three breeding pairs home and you may have further additions this year. This is great for the project. Was the platform erected to assist the Nest 1 pair to move as being a stronger more permanent structure.

  4. joannadailey says:

    Nest 1 will become overlooked by blocks of timber lower down the fell and the few trees immediately around it are still growing whereas the nest tree isn’t, having had the centre removed. At some point over the next few years the ospreys are likely to feel too enclosed so the new platform was installed to give them a ready made alternative should they wish to move.

  5. greg sanders says:

    Good news!
    ill pop up Sunday to hopefully see some birds!

  6. Cirrus says:

    It’s lovely to have another happy ending :)

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