All go on Nest 1A

The Nest 1A pair have been reunited for several days now.

a contrasting pair of ospreys
(c) Forestry Commission England

When the nestcam started on 31 March the osprey on the nest looked like Mrs YA, but in fact she was a lookalike who flew when the real deal stormed in.

NOT Mrs YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA’s dark chest speckles continue well up her chin. This female is the closest match we’ve seen.

She isn’t the only osprey to cause some consternation. Another intruder, possibly the Nest 3 female, was escorted away by Mrs YA whilst YA kept his meal firmly grasped! Press HD for best quality on all videos.

Today was rather more settled on the nest and both ospreys brought sticks and scraped the nest cup.

plenty of effort by Mrs YA…
(c) Forestry Commission England

… but YA can equal it
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was some unusual behaviour when twice YA landed with a trout but flew off before an empty cropped Mrs YA could take it for her share. Normally he passes the fish over on demand. This is the second occasion.

YA redeemed himself a short while later and Mrs YA decided to eat the trout elsewhere.

late lunch for Mrs YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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4 Responses to All go on Nest 1A

  1. Jo says:

    Interesting blog Joanna …… any thoughts about the lookalike?

    • joannadailey says:

      Mainly that I hope she’s left as they are extremely difficult to tell apart, Jo!

      Without rings (or DNA testing) origin is impossible to determine. It is tempting to think they are from the same nest or have something in common eg one’s parent is a sibling of the other’s, but it is probably coincidence.

  2. Vic says:

    Lovely shots of nest cup scraping. Good to see them back and settling in.

  3. Cirrus says:

    Good Blog Joanna – thank you. YA is such a handsome bird. Hope lookalike doesn’t cause problems.

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