How many eggs on Nest 3? And intruders abound

Downloaded footage from Nest 3 revealed that in the late afternoon on 19 April there were still only two eggs. By late morning on 20 April a wall of moss was hiding the nest cup from view.

There are at least two eggs in there! (c) Foresty Commission England

There are at least two eggs in there!
(c) Foresty Commission England

Yesterday morning there were a couple of intruder alerts. In one the unidentifiable osprey flew close to the nest but was chased off.

Intruder alert (c) Forestry Commission England

Intruder alert
(c) Forestry Commission England

The male is called into action (c) Forestry Commission England

The male is called into action
(c) Forestry Commission England

On 19 April the residents were less watchful and as a recording session began an unringed intruder was standing by the nest cup.

It was the female who evicted the intruder. Presumably the male was out catching tea! During the recording the intruder didn’t go into the nestcup but what happened before then? Readers may remember that an unringed intruder trampled the Nest 2 eggs last year. None were damaged. The Nest 3 pair are incubating so hopefully the eggs are all fine.

There have been intruders on or near Nest 1 and Nest 2, including a new Scottish osprey on 17 April.

Blue AS6 (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue AS6
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue AS6 is from near Muir of Ord, Ross-shire and one of a brood of two hatched in 2013. She was ringed on 12 July. Many thanks to ringer Brian for the details, we’ve had several of his ospreys now. Blue AS6 wasn’t seen at Kielder after 17 April. The reason is she is now visible on the Tweed Valley nestcam, with the regular male White SS!

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4 Responses to How many eggs on Nest 3? And intruders abound

  1. Mike Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee.

  2. JW4926 says:

    Brilliant update once again …….. thank you. You’re on the way north so obviously a lot of ‘just testing’ goes on ……..

    • joannadailey says:

      Yes, JW, from the height migrating ospreys fly they will see Kielder Water from afar. It must look quite inviting as a food source and then there are those interesting nests once they get here. Being able to inform ringers of sightings is a thrill.

  3. JW4926 says:

    Yes – a good stop of point …….. like motorway services …….. they must be relieved and I’m sure they realise their journey is nearly over …… The thrill of informing – I’ll bet it’s a brilliant feeling.

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