Before covering the subject of this post there’s some disappointing news about the Nest 1A webcam. The camera stopped streaming yesterday and web coverage may not be possible for a couple of weeks or so. We can confirm YA and Mrs YA are fine. Let’s hope they have four healthy chicks when we can look into their nest again.
On Sunday human visitors to Kielder and also birds made the most of the last sunny, warm and dry day of a sustained spell. Avian intruders upset the peace on Nests 1A, 2 and 4 on and off throughout the day.
Mostly the birds – some may have been buzzards or crows – causing concern to nest occupants were either distant or unseen. We know from UV’s data that he was responsible for about a third of these – but not the one above.
As on his three previous visits to Kielder this year UV’s interest in nests encompassed Nests 2, 3 and 4. Nest 2 came first and initially EB was watching him fly around the area. Press HD on all clips for best quality.
Then UV had the audacity to perch on the nearby tree that housed the original nest for four minutes! EB decided to chase him off, here she is about to take off.
UV wasn’t around Nest 3 during a recording slot. On Nest 4 Mrs 69 took a relaxed approach, merely observing him as he flew by, unseen by the nestcam.
Although UV checks out the nest sites at Kielder his behaviour elsewhere was more interesting. For the first time this year he perched for up to 30 mins or so in several areas of Kielder Forest, all some distance from the reservoir. He perched in some of these areas last year. Mostly they are characterised by sparse Sitka Spruce trees giving UV good views of the surrounding areas.
This activity does not mean he is close to establishing a territory. Yesterday, in the poor weather, he was hunkered down west of Kielder Forest. He didn’t return today.
The overview of his activity since reaching northern England suggests he still has no ‘home’ territory. Not quite 3 years old, still a bachelor boy, no surprise.