VR is still at Nest 3

The juvenile male VR is still present at Nest 3 – and shouting for lunch today!

Where's FOOD??? (c) Forestry Commission England

Where’s FOOD???
(c) Forestry Commission England

It is c102 days since he hatched so he is about 3 weeks into the migration period. His sister VH probably left on 24 August but VR is in no hurry to migrate. Unless he is eating or food soliciting the nest is usually empty. Then he appears at speed and with loud sound effects!

VR hurtles in to the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

VR hurtles in to the nest…
(c) Forestry Commission England

... then speeds away (c) Forestry Commission England

… then speeds away
(c) Forestry Commission England

From the limited footage the male is still bringing at least a couple of large trout a day for VR alone so he has little incentive to leave. Press the HD button for best quality.

Who dares challenge ME (c) Forestry Commission England

Who dares challenge ME
(c) Forestry Commission England

Today the male hadn’t responded to the insistent soliciting in 30 minutes or so – perhaps he is now reducing supplies to encourage VR to migrate.

Yesterday VR stopped eating to follow an unseen bird flying nearby.

VR stops eating to watch something flying (c) Forestry Commission England

VR stops eating to watch something flying
(c) Forestry Commission England

A couple of intruders have landed on the nest and one ate a fish waiting for VR on 28 August.

Possibly Blue HV (c) Forestry Commission England, enhancement courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

Possibly Blue HV
(c) Forestry Commission England, enhancement courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

Blue HV was at Nest 1 very early this year and was briefly the object of YA’s attention until Mrs YA returned. She is a 2010 hatched osprey from Aberfoyle – if the ring is HV and not HY, which can’t be ruled out.

The second intruder was also female but unringed.  She is very similar to one that landed on Nest 2 on 26 August but there are insufficient points of comparison available to be certain.

An unringed female lands (c) Forestry Commission England

An unringed female lands
(c) Forestry Commission England

There’ll be a blog about Nest 2 shortly. Y6 is still there and has also been receiving plentiful supplies of trout from her father!

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2 Responses to VR is still at Nest 3

  1. JW4926 says:

    VR is certainly in no hurry to fly the nest ….. typical teenager – eating or asking for food …. He is looking very handsome tho’ ….. Thank you Joanna …. I love the ‘who dares’ pic :-)

  2. Cirrus says:

    lovely large fish from dad. VR but it’s definitely becoming autumnal now even though it’s only early September . You’ll get the message. and I do so hope you learn to fish for yourself very successtully, very early in to your migration

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