Home and away

Although it has been cooler at Kielder during the past few days it has been dry and mainly sunny. The nests have been peaceful places most of the time with plenty of dozing.

13 May: 37 dozes (c) Forestry Commission England

13 May: 37 dozes
(c) Forestry Commission England

There have been a few ‘moments’. The first was on 11 May when 37 was incubating on Nest 2. He had been relaxed but suddenly started watching something in the sky. Then this happened.

There was another intruder on Nest 2 yesterday. Despite being unringed she was an instantly recognisable one.

Mrs YA visits Nest 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA visits Nest 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

She was on the nest for just a couple of seconds and not near the eggs.

The previous day an unringed ‘intruder’ landed on Nest 1 for a few minutes.

12 May: an unringed visitor (c) Forestry Commission England

12 May: an unringed visitor
(c) Forestry Commission England

Ospreys landing on Nest 1 aren’t intruders, technically, because the platform is no longer an active nest. But YA still checks it out. Yesterday he was defending it from an unseen bird.

YA defends his old nest (c) Forestry Commission England

YA defends his old nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

Hunting is easier now than in the rain and snow of a couple of weeks ago. 37 sometimes brings two fish in during the extended streaming hours of 08.30-19.30. On Wednesday evening – despite briefly touching down on the nest – he decided to eat a little bit more of the second recorded catch of the day, leaving White EB empty taloned on the nest edge.

37 decides to eat a bit more (c) Forestry Commission England

Where is supper going?
(c) Forestry Commission England

Yesterday White EB fared better. Occasionally both she and 37  fly off with the fish held by the beak, not talons. It doesn’t look very aerodynamic!

EB departs (c) Forestry Commission England

EB departs
(c) Forestry Commission England

The weather in NE Spain has been rainy and cool ever since UV reached Europe. The tracker hasn’t been charging well in the cloudy conditions so there are very few fixes. Usually he is perched so it hasn’t been possible to assess his condition but he appears to have been feeding up. Yesterday he made an exploratory trip where he was flying fast on quite a few fixes. He seems in good order and may resume his migration as the weather improves.

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4 Responses to Home and away

  1. Rosie Shields says:

    Can someone get a message to UV and tell him to make for Wales. They have a surfeit of females there!!

    • joannadailey says:

      It is hard to predict what he will do next, Rosie! The weather in NE Spain should improve now so the next few days are important.

  2. Cirrus says:

    Just keep safe UV and may the weather favour you. THe Intruder at Glaslyn had been a fliippin nusiance.

  3. JW4926 says:

    Hard work all this osprey watching! Hopefully UV is still wending his way home ……. stay safe with your every wingbeat ……

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