An egg for Nest 3 at last! And other news

The first egg for Nest 3 was laid sometime yesterday afternoon, 24 April. By then the pair had been together for 17 days. They had been mating since their reunion so why the arrival of the first egg is later than usual for them – and most established pairs – is a mystery.

the male stands in an empty cup
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was an egg by the next recording slot.

at last
(c) Forestry Commission England

This morning on a windy and cold day with snow showers the female incubated with few turns of the egg.

a quick shuffle
(c) Forestry Commission England

Review of Nest 4 footage yesterday indicates the second egg was laid at 12.21. A little earlier only one egg was visible when the female turned it. But the next time she stood up after a couple of ‘chips’ a darker egg was visible behind egg 1.

first sight of the second egg
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Sunday at least two intruders were seen near or on the nests. An unringed male disturbed Nest 2 a couple of times.

one of several intrusions by one or more unringed ospreys
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1A Mrs YA had to eject two ospreys who landed.

Blue AK1 returns to Kielder
(c) Forestry Commission England

then an unringed and uninvited caller lands
(c) Forestry Commission England

Readers may recall Blue AK1 was seen on the Nest 1A camera on 18 April. Since then she has been photographed at Esthwaite Water in Cumbria and also landed on the Foulshaw Moss nest covered by a nestcam, which isn’t where the pair are breeding this year. Where will she be seen next?! Also seen at Esthwaite Water around the time of Blue AK1 was Blue 7A. He is one of 2010 Kielder hatched Blue 35’s chicks from her first successful year of breeding at Foulshaw Moss, 2014. It was a thrill for us to see the photo in the link above. Blue 35 is the only Kielder origin osprey we know is breeding and this is the first time one of her offspring have been reported in the UK, as far as we are aware. A milestone.

Finally UV’s data shows he has returned to an area of NE Spain he used last year for some R and R after his 5800 km migration across Africa.  How long will he stay? Paul has prepared a forecast from the latest weather data.

“The Arctic air mass which is giving us these hailstorms and low temperatures in the UK will gradually move away towards the continent during the remainder of this week. It will be replaced by more typical Atlantic maritime conditions, which could give UV a very easy ride home during the following week if he decides to re-start his migration then.”

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

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2 Responses to An egg for Nest 3 at last! And other news

  1. Cirrus says:

    All I can say is : Brave birds keeping eggs warm everywhere and ”typical Atlantic maritime conditions, ” hurry up . Stay put UV

  2. Jo says:

    Well – lots of news ….. lovely to know about your Kielder ospreys elsewhere … you must be feeling quite chuffed! Good to see the intruders around too …. more youngsters for future years hopefully.
    Nest 2 ….. just enjoying the R and R before the kids arrive …. and UV … what a sensible lad he is for all his young inexperienced years ….. Stay safe young man … there’s no rush …… Thanks Joanna – your update has certainly cheered me and thanks to Paul – good to know Spring may restart next week ….

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