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