Intruders from the north!

Over two days in late May a couple of Scottish ospreys visited Kielder Water and Forest Park. The first inspected Nest 1 thoroughly on 20 May. At that point YA had two young hatchlings and he didn’t appear to discourage her interest.

Blue AK1 lands (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue AK1 lands
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue AK1 (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue AK1 checks out the view
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue AK1 was ringed in July 2013 near Loch Eye in Easter Ross. We haven’t seen her since then although she tidied the nest so perhaps thought about staying a bit longer.

Blue AK1 tidies up (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue AK1 tidies up
(c) Forestry Commission England

The next day an intruding osprey arrived on Nest 2.

Blue AL3 on the edge (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue AL3 isn’t welcome
(c) Forestry Commission England

The fleeting view suggested a male. Blue AL3 is a 2014 hatch from a nest near Tain in Easter Ross. Here is a video of the intrusion.

Interestingly Blue AL3 has been seen at Ogston Reservoir in Derbyshire over recent days, so another roaming osprey well short of the natal area. Here are some photos taken today by Chris Wood, Rutland Osprey Project volunteer and osprey hunter UK and West Africa.

AL3 at Ogston (c) Chris Wood

AL3 at Ogston
(c) Chris Wood

With fish! (c) Chris Wood

With fish!
(c) Chris Wood

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4 Responses to Intruders from the north!

  1. JW4926 says:

    Do intruders ever use empty nest sites as roosts Joanna?

    • joannadailey says:

      The nestcams go off at 20.00 and there hasn’t been an osprey on Nest 1 then. But it is light until well after 22.00 so can’t be ruled out.

  2. Sandra B says:

    You certainly have a good few intruders and they like to land on your nests and let themselves be known.

  3. Cirrus says:

    Well, I know Ogston reservoir well although I don’t live in Derybshire anymore,Come visit Chew Magna AL3 since you’re roaming around.

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