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.
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.
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!
On 26 April Blue 39 annoyed White EB.
27 April brought a ringed intruder but the ring has proved impossible to read.
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.
On his second visit he did some stick moving and was on the nest about 15 minutes.
On Nest 3 too snow has inconvenienced the incubator.
The forecast is for a rise in temperature after today but there isn’t a dry day on the horizon.