Bits and bobs

First, here is a link to a video of White EB laying the third egg yesterday morning at 09.54.playThe third egg can just be seen by White EB’s foot if you pause the video.

First sight of egg 3 (c) Forestry Commission England

First sight of egg 3
(c) Forestry Commission England

Within a couple of hours the weather deteriorated to almost constant heavy snow. As has happened to the incubator on some of the Scottish nests White EB was covered. This is her just before 13.00 today when the snow had eased.

12.59 White EB (c) Forestry Commission England

12.59 White EB
(c) Forestry Commission England

In the last few days she has experienced several intrusions. Mostly the other osprey has arrived when 37 has been elsewhere. White EB has defended the nest and avoided standing on the eggs. During the afternoon of 25 April Blue 2H inspected his natal site.

A fly past by Blue 2H (c) Forestry Commission England

A fly past by Blue 2H
(c) Forestry Commission England

Earlier in the afternoon he had visited Nest 1 looking quite well fed – and with the rest of the meal ready to present to a female, perhaps!

Blue 2H looking in fine shape (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H looking in fine shape
(c) Forestry Commission England

On 26 April Blue 39 annoyed White EB.

Blue 39 hovers over Nest 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 39 hovers over Nest 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

27 April brought a ringed intruder but the ring has proved impossible to read.

Is this Blue 39? (c) Forestry Commission England

Is this Blue 39?
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 39 was on Nest 1 both before and after the Nest 2 intrusion so he could have been the Nest 2 intruder. Although there are only glimpses of the underwing markings of that osprey they are consistent with Blue 39’s pattern.

Here is the first time the Nest 1 camera has captured him landing on his natal nest since he was a fledgling.

15.39 A brief visit by Blue 39 (c) Forestry Commission England

15.39 A brief visit by Blue 39
(c) Forestry Commission England

On his second visit he did some stick moving and was on the nest about 15 minutes.

Blue 39 tidies up (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 39 tidies up
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 3 too snow has inconvenienced the incubator.

The Nest 3 female (c) Forestry Commission England

The Nest 3 female
(c) Forestry Commission England

The forecast is for a rise in temperature after today but there isn’t a dry day on the horizon.

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One Response to Bits and bobs

  1. JW4926 says:

    Whilst we’ve had snow here, this afternoon was a little warmer with a drop in wind ….. really do think you need to provide underfloor heating next year :-)

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