UV’s landing on Nest 2 on Monday was a highlight of the season. It’s so much more of a thrill to see ‘him’, rather than a red dot on Google Earth. Here is another image.
He left just before Aln arrived back on ‘her’ nest and flew around, to her annoyance.
We know from UV’s data that he then perched on the old nest tree for a few minutes. Aln didn’t seem to mind.
Over the last couple of weeks, UV has mainly been at Tindale Tarn, Kielder Water & Forest Park and in the Longtown area. On 31 July he spent much more time than usual near the reservoir during an overnight visit to Kielder. Here is a view of the area he perched in over several hours.
As you can see, there’s nothing remarkable about those Sitka Spruce trees. UV may have chosen to stay by the water as that stretch is relatively sheltered – although the ‘breeze’ on the fells doesn’t normally appear to affect him.
More often, he checks out at least a couple of the nest sites and various areas in the forest. Apart from Monday, he hasn’t been captured by a nestcam when intruding, although the ospreys on the nests have seen him.
At Tindale Tarn the RSPB Geltsdale staff have watched him both perched and flying, and saw him catch a large fish on 7 August. UV went off to eat elsewhere, so no photographic proof of his skill! He came up to Kielder after his meal. Over the day, he flew 150 km.
This image of the tarn is looking from the NW. UV usually perches in a dead tree on the N side, but sometimes he is by the water on one of the trees in the small copse on the SW shore.
This is probably the last 3 or 4 weeks we’ll see UV in the UK this season. Last year, he set off on migration on 10 September. He had been conserving his energy over the previous few days. If we see him reduce his regular high mileage outings, it could be a sign he is getting prepared for migration.
A true roaming young male osprey.