Although UV had a day off visiting Kielder on Wednesday he was back on Thursday and displayed his usual close interest in Nest 2. Inspection of footage didn’t find even a distant dot but comparing his data with the nestcam showed his impact late in the day.
On Thursday EB spent more time on the nest than any of the juveniles but the nest was empty most of the day. In late afternoon EB, who had been preening, started mantling as an intruder approached – from the times that bird was UV.
By early evening there were less frequent fixes showing UV’s position. But he was in the Nest 2 area when EB decided action to escort an intruder away was required and she took off. UV left Kielder Forest a little later.
The other ‘Kielder’ male is 2011 Nest 1 hatch Blue 39/Bracken, who has been seen at Derwent Reservoir several times recently. Gary Nicholson has sent these great photos of Blue 39, taken this morning. Eventually he left with his sizeable catch to eat elsewhere, but gulls not crows or herons were the final straw! Many thanks to Gary for the information and permission to share his photos.