UV made one of his flying visits to Kielder Water & Forest Park yesterday. He spent about 2 hours in the area. Apart from a brief stop near the dam, he checked out Nests 4 and 3 once each and Nest 2 a couple of times.
At Nest 3, UV has arrived during a recording slot only once previously. We were lucky again yesterday.
The male had only just landed, and took off to escort UV away.
As far as we can tell, UV only saw 1 adult when near Nest 4. 69 had flown after an intruder a few minutes earlier. From the times of UV’s data and the nestcam it wasn’t UV.
The most interesting intrusion by UV was at Nest 2. That was his first destination, after arriving from just over the Scottish Border. The route is one he often uses to Kielder.
He coincided with another intruder – an unringed female who has been seen at all the nest sites and has landed on at least three of them.
Aln had been sitting up preening. She dropped to the nest floor, responding to a call from a parent. UV was unlikely to have been within sight of Nest 2 at the time. A couple of minutes later the intruder female landed.
She took off almost immediately and 37 landed briefly. Then he flew – but was he escorting UV – who had now reached the clear fell – out of his territory? 37 wasn’t seen again for some hours.
At 11.38 the intruding female returned. She sat on several nest edges for almost 10 minutes. In this clip from about half way through the intruder’s presence you can see Aln calling at first. Then she has a yawn, dozes and preens, becoming relaxed. The intruder merely inspects the nest and occupant, no threat. Although no doubt she’d be happy to take over from EB next year at the start of the breeding season. Press HD for best quality.
The intruder left as EB arrived on the nest and life went back to normal. An osprey had been seen in the sky a couple of times during the incident, but didn’t sweep low over the nest. It was probably EB.
Today 37 was off camera for several hours. This doesn’t always signify absence from his territory, but today it did. He had been much nearer the coast.
EB tucked in to the Flounder for almost 3 hours on and off, mostly on!
Aln wasn’t so sure about Flounder, and when 37 arrived with a Rainbow Trout she moved over to be fed by him. Then went back and forth, a juvenile taste test!
But back to UV. There is a link to the Flounder today. After Kielder, UV headed west and spent the rest of the day in the Solway Firth area and a little way inland. He’d flown 141 km during the day.
Today, an early data email showed he was still near the coast – did he see 37 this morning? That we’ll never know, but it is possible.
It has been gusty at Kielder the last couple of days. Pre-fledge practice opportunities have been limited. Aln doesn’t look near fledging yet, although she is 52 days old today so well within the window.