Downloading at Nest 3 yesterday revealed one egg!
The pair have been together since at least 31 March. There was no egg early on 13 April nor any behaviour suggesting one was imminent. It was possibly laid on 14 or 15 April.
Given YA and Mrs YA were the second pair of breeding ospreys known to be re-united across the UK Projects it would be reasonable to expect they would be amongst the first to produce eggs. They weren’t – their move to the new platform may have caused a slight delay. There were signs of incubating on 9 April which was 15 days after they arrived home within a few hours of each other. They are now tight on eggs – the weather has been very chilly with frequent snow showers so they need to be!
On Nest 2 White EB is spending quite a lot of time near the nest cup and occasionally stands in it. An egg doesn’t look imminent – writing something like that usually prompts action!
A visitor to Nest 1 on 16 April was probably disappointed. He collected a fish from the nest when on his autumn migration last year, no such luck yesterday!
Blue YS is one of three 2013 fledglings from a nest near Murthly in Perthshire.