Blue W6 returns

The Nest 1A camera is working intermittently some days, not at all others. Today it was on and off for over an hour and captured a Welsh visitor.

Blue W6 just after landing
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue W6, a 2015 male from Welsh nest B/M also known as ON4, landed on Nest 1 in May.
He may have been at Kielder between then and now – we’ve seen right leg blue Darvic ringed intruders at other nests, but too far away to read the ring.

This morning, Blue W6 settled in straight away.

some nest work
(c) Forestry Commission England

a semi-scrape
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue W6 was on a few more very short clips until 10.47. When the camera streamed again, Amble was on the nest. It wasn’t long until an intruder appeared. Press HD for best quality.

The intruder had a blue ring on the right leg, so it was probably W6.

the ring can’t be read
(c) Forestry Commission England

Amble left after enduring a few more flights around the nest area by the intruder. The nestcam stream dropped out soon afterwards. But we saw some valuable footage when it was working.

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4 Responses to Blue W6 returns

  1. dogwuff says:

    Is there any familial explanation of why the Welsh birds find the Kielder nests or is it accidental?

    • joannadailey says:

      Although we have the Glaslyn brothers nesting here, the likely reason we have a number of Welsh visitors is that our loose colony of four active nests attracts young ospreys who are roaming about the UK prospecting for territories. Kielder Water is a large reservoir fairly centrally located and will be visible to ospreys flying high as far away as the Solway Firth area. They may decide it is worth a closer look, then on arrival they will find ospreys breeding, so a potentially successful location.

  2. Vivien Finn says:

    Great to know W6 is at Kielder again, Joanna. I wonder if he will call at Glaslyn or thereabouts on his migration south. It would be lovely to see him.

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