The last post about UV mentioned that he was spending much of his time in one area – so was he thinking of settling there? Almost as soon as the words were on paper, UV appeared to lose some interest. But not all. This is where he had been spending many hours.
Tindale Tarn is part of the RSPB’s Geltsdale reserve. Their Twitter page has some great photographs of UV – scroll down to between 1 and 7 June. You’ll see that another osprey was present at least part of the time UV was foraging and perching at the Tarn. It looks male. The RSPB staff also saw a female interacting with a male osprey, but it isn’t known if the latter was UV. The presence of other ospreys may be the reason UV suddenly focused on the area. He is still visiting occasionally, and we’ll be keeping in touch with the RSPB.
Over the last week UV has been to Kielder Water and Forest Park twice. On 13 June he spent the afternoon by a burn he has perched beside before. When UV arrived at Kielder Water his behaviour was exactly like many foraging ospreys we watch when looking from the dam wall.
UV showed no interest in the nests, but on 15 June it was a different story, with Nest 3 receiving several courtesy calls! No recordings, unfortunately. The Nest 4 pair weren’t pleased when UV circled over their home.
15 June was a particularly active day – UV flew over 180 km. After several circuits of Kielder he crossed into Scotland before ending his day in Cumbria. A borders boy!