Life on Nest 3

Downloaded video from Nest 3 has revealed that the ospreys on that nest had possibly endured the worst conditions of the three during the snow.

Snow surrounds and covers the female (c) Forestry Commission England

Snow surrounds and covers the back of the female
(c) Forestry Commission England

Pockets of snow were still around yesterday although it was clear by the other two nests.

29 April was also eventful  for an intrusion by a Scottish female. A video of the main action has been enhanced by Paul – the snow caused the nestcam to underexpose.


playThe leg ring can’t be read in full but the first letter is a ‘Y’ and the likely suspect is Blue YU who was on Nest 1 also slightly later in the day.

Is it Blue YU? (c) Forestry Commission England

Is it Blue YU? Image courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

Not many ospreys will have been exploring in that weather!

Conditions improved later in the afternoon and the male arrived to relieve the female.

The female prepares to leave the eggs (c) Forestry Commission England

The female prepares to leave the eggs
(c) Forestry Commission England

30 April was sunny before more sleet/snow showers. The females on all nests have been turning their eggs relatively infrequently in the rain and snow so this is a rare sight of late.

The female turns the eggs (c) Forestry Commission England

The female turns the eggs
(c) Forestry Commission England

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6 Responses to Life on Nest 3

  1. vivien Finn says:

    Great video, Joanna. Really illustrates the weather conditions there and the effect on Nest 3. Lovely footage of the intrusion also. Hoping no more snow for Kielder now. You did well to hike up there!

    • joannadailey says:

      There was hardly any snow left yesterday and it is an enjoyable walk, Viv. We’re definitely looking forward to warmer and drier weather over the next few days!

  2. JW4926 says:

    Thanks Joanna – your news is very much appreciated. I do look forward to your updates …… Excellent video too – Paul – thank you too. Your nests are doing so well up there :-)

    • joannadailey says:

      Thanks, JW. The breeding ospreys are doing a grand job, change overs for incubating have been very swift.

  3. Cirrus says:

    dear oh dear oh dear and I thought Loch Garten had had it rough snow wise. Precious girl. Wish your mate could have seen the intruding female off though.

    • joannadailey says:

      After the end of the video the male did take off and the female was watching the sky, so he probably did escort the intruder away.

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