Life on Nest 2 was ticking along nicely, apart from frequent inclement weather, until earlier this week. On Tuesday, there were no fish deliveries in the 12 hour recording slot.
The ospreys use the old nest quite often to feed, so that wasn’t overly concerning. But there was no sign of 37 either.
On Wednesday, no sign of 37. EB provided one fish for Aln, who spent much of the day before and after the meal food soliciting. But juveniles have a habit of doing just that! EB does forage once her young have fledged and had brought a fish to the nest on Monday, shortly after 37 delivered a small offering. Was Aln feeding on the old nest too? Her tracker shows she spends a significant amount of time there.
Yesterday was a repeat until mid morning when the probable reason for 37’s absence arrived on the scene.
Blue CN2 has intruded at Kielder – and Nest 2 in particular – before. He is a 2013 osprey from Dumfries and Galloway. Last year he spent much time late in the season on Nest 2 – after EB had left and whilst 37 was provisioning 3 juveniles. 37 wasn’t seen for a couple of days in that period.
CN2 tried to land several times. Plucky Aln wasn’t keen on this.
However, CN2 persevered and he was on the nest for over an hour with Aln. He moved sticks around, stumbling sometimes as he walked. He did this last year, and usually has an empty looking crop, but he has survived two migrations despite looking a little weak.
Eventually, EB arrived and CN2 flew. He wasn’t seen again that day. EB caught a large Rainbow Trout which Aln ate for almost 2 hours before admitting she might actually be full!
37 wasn’t on camera before streaming stopped at 20.00.
CN2 was alone on the nest when it started up today. However, things improved after that. EB and Aln arrived together and CN2 left. EB and Aln were on and off the nest, Aln mostly on. At just after 11.oo CN2 returned with a fish.
Aln took it and started eating. Then – HURRAY – 37 arrived with a larger one. He flew off and EB took the new trout. Aln decided she could have the best of both worlds.
So, order is restored. Or is it? Last year, CN2 disappeared for a few days but returned. This year he is at Kielder several weeks earlier and his behaviour indicates he is attached to Nest 2. 37 seems to be away from the area when he, not EB, should be bidding a male intruder farewell.
CN2 wasn’t aggressive at all towards Aln, despite her jumping at him and pecking him. He has flown from the nest when an adult has arrived. But is he receiving sufficient discouragement to stay away?
It is likely to be an interesting few days.