England, Scotland and… Spain!

The weather has been beautiful for the past few days at Kielder. The ospreys have incubated in the sunshine, standing off the eggs occasionally for a few minutes.

Changeover time (c) Forestry Commission England

Changeover time
(c) Forestry Commission England

37 has done a few hours incubating each day whilst White EB either ate (she can take an hour) or brought material to the nest.

White EB brings a very long twig to adorn the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

White EB brings a very long twig to adorn the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 3 the male had a long stint incubating yesterday. He was joined by the female who sat on the edge for a spell. She preened and they ‘chattered’ from time to time.

The female tells the male how to turn the eggs! (c) Forestry Commission England

That’s how to turn the eggs!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Fewer intruders have been around during streaming recently, although the shadow of one was visible over Nest 2 today.

The shadow of an intruding osprey (c) Forestry Commission England

The shadow of an intruding osprey
(c) Forestry Commission England

The Scottish angle of the blog is an intruder on Nest 2. He flew low past the nest several times on Friday afternoon.

White EB doesn't give a welcome to her fellow Scot (c) Forestry Commission En

White EB doesn’t welcome her fellow Scot
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue CN2 hatched in 2013 on a nest in Dumfries and Galloway. He had one sibling.

The Spanish element is, of course, UV.

He made landfall late on 6 May after that long sea crossing from Algeria. He stopped very soon after overflying the rocky beach of Playa del Serradal Alcossebre.

He was flying away from his roost before 05.40 on 7 May. In a SW direction!

7 May: start of a new chapter

7 May: start of a new chapter

He soon corrected that but he was in explore, not migration, mode. He was still at roost in rural Aragon this morning and may stay in the region for a few days. Or maybe not…. Paul’s weather analysis shows a possible “window” opening for UV tomorrow with a general southerly airstream assisting migrants heading north.

We are in a cycle of early then late emails, which means there is a long gap at times. But it gives a chance to get some charge into the battery after several sunless days.

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2 Responses to England, Scotland and… Spain!

  1. vivien Finn says:

    He’s doing well Joanna, the days are ticking away and he’s getting nearer each day. I hope he takes the opportunity of the open window with a wind to help him on his way.

  2. JW4926 says:

    I was thinking of you all yesterday with the weather forecast …….

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