After YA’s busy morning yesterday working on his nest he was missing for a while. Here’s where he was some of the time – firstly, his brother Yellow 37’s nest.
YA flew up to the top of the camera and perched there for a few minutes before deciding to give 37 a head start by tidying up the nest.
Then it was on to check out other homes – Nest 4 next stop.
YA stayed a short time then flew off, possibly to inspect Nest 3.
Today a human visit to Nest 3 was high on the agenda because YA wasn’t seen in the first hour of recording. Was the Nest 3 female back (she’d arrived by 27 March last year) so had YA ‘gone courting’?
There was no activity over a couple of hours at Nest 3 so it is unlikely either resident has returned.
YA was first recorded on his nest today flying in with a headless trout at 13.09. Press HD for best quality.
Yesterday too he went straight to the perch but ate immediately. Today he sat and looked around for over an hour before deciding to finish his meal.
The weather has changed and rain is dominating over the next couple of days, so YA – and we – may have to be patient in our wait for more returners. Last year most Kielder breeding ospreys returned at their earliest known date but that will not be true this year.
Regular readers will have noted there is coverage of Nest 4 this season. Many thanks to the Forestry Commission for their work on the infrastructure and installing the nestcam.