Look who didn’t migrate!

At 09.55 this morning Mrs YA who hasn’t been seen since early on 7 August landed on her nest as if it was a couple of hours later.

Hello again! (c) Forestry Commission England

Hello again!
(c) Forestry Commission England

She was closely followed by YA and their behaviour took us back to courtship in March -although Mrs YA was rather more submissive than YA.

Submissive behaviour (c) Forestry Commission England

Submissive behaviour
(c) Forestry Commission England

Is it really her? (c) Forestry Commission England

Is it really her?
(c) Forestry Commission England

The conditions over the weekend were very good for migration so quite why Mrs YA didn’t leave is a mystery. She seems in good condition and was soon requesting a fish.

Mrs YA 'chats' to YA (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA ‘chats’ to YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA flew off soon afterwards. Y1 landed but Mrs YA didn’t stay on the nest long after his arrival.

Mrs YA leaves (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA leaves
(c) Forestry Commission England

This would have been a very early departure for Mrs YA who migrated in the last week of August both of the last two years. Her chicks fledged early this year so she may leave soon but hopefully we’ll see some more of her over the next couple of weeks.

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3 Responses to Look who didn’t migrate!

  1. JW4926 says:

    I wonder if she was the osprey spotted heading north over Bardsey Obs. yesterday – 16th….. ?

    • joannadailey says:

      It seems unlikely that she would have started her migration and returned from so far south. The weather was poor a few days after she was last seen but OK initially.

      It is most likely that she felt a need to feed up to get back into condition after having four chicks to feed until fledging age. And three ever hungry mouths leaving very little food more recently!

  2. Cirrus says:

    Well, whenever you go Mrs YA may good weather befriend you all the way . You, YA and all the kids

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