Nest 3 update and exciting news!

First, the exciting bit. The Lake District Osprey Project nest at Bassenthwaite had a visitor yesterday. He dropped off a fish for the juveniles. The osprey in question was Blue 2H, 2012 Kielder Nest 2 male. Here’s a screengrab of him presenting the offering.

Blue 2H at Bassenthwaite
(c) LDOP

This is particularly exciting news for Kielder because we haven’t had any other reports of him this year. Many thanks to LDOP for sharing the news and image. Maybe we’ll see 2H here before the season is over.

Back to Nest 3. There appears to be little change in activity since Sunday. Ayle is still very much a presence. There’s no evidence of her being aggressive towards the resident juveniles when there is a fish on the nest, as she was in her first few days. In this clip, she leaves a trout after only eating a small amount. Initially she was hanging onto a fish even when sated. Press HD for best quality on all clips.

The female feeds Ayle as well as her young, as would be expected when a juvenile solicits.

Ayle receives a morsel
(c) Forestry Commission England

The Nest 3 juveniles haven’t been recorded squabbling over fish either.

Ancroft walks away, Acomb takes over
(c) Forestry Commission England

The adults still behave differently to Ayle when she is flying onto the nest.

someone wants rid of Ayle, who has just touched down
(c) Forestry Commission England

The Nest 3 offspring have been flying around the area, mainly in dry spells. Acomb, the last to fledge, could have had a serious accident on one landing attempt. There is a slow motion replay of the incident at the end of the clip.

Although Acomb wasn’t seen in the rest of that recording, there were some perfect landings in later footage that day.

a healthy looking Acomb lands cleanly
(c) Forestry Commission England

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3 Responses to Nest 3 update and exciting news!

  1. Jo says:

    That is good news about 2H Joanna …… Good to know that all is peace and (almost) love on Nest 3 …. ;-)

  2. Vivien Finn says:

    Great news about 2H,Joanna and very interesting behaviour. Good to know Acomb has made improvement on his nest landings. Whew!

  3. KeithR says:

    Pleased 2H has been sighted this year and is doing the osprey rounds. Maybe he has already visited Kielder and we missed him. He visited you in 2015 and 16.

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