Nest 4 is now in business. Early today, Blue 69 was with the unringed female seen yesterday afternoon, who can be confirmed as Mrs 69. 69 was on top of the telegraph pole for a while.
Mrs 69 flew off to perch elsewhere on the edge of the site. 69 went to the nest.
He performed a few nest cup scrapes but soon returned to the pole for a preening session.
It’s great to have the pair back for their third breeding year.
Distant field observations of Nest 3 this morning found an osprey in one of the favourite trees both birds use. It was too far away for any chance of identification, however an unringed intruder who could be the Nest 3 male landed on Nest 1A last night.
In the first day or so after completing their migration the ospreys usually check who else is around. This osprey has similar head markings to the Nest 3 male, but there was no good view of the underwings.
Shortly before the nestcams turned off for the night, a well known male arrived on Nest 1A.
Blue CN2 has been a regular intruder at the end of the last two seasons. He hatched in 2013 in Dumfries and Galloway. He was back at Nest 1A this morning.
CN2 stayed on the pole preening and looking around for about 50 minutes. Now that YA is home, CN2 may head elsewhere.
There’ll be a separate post about Nest 2 pair 37 and EB’s recent activities.
Finally, as reported on 4 April, passengers on the ‘Osprey’ ferry enjoyed watching an osprey hunting, despite rain. One of those passengers, Dan, took some photos in difficult conditions. We’re very grateful to him for sharing them with us. Wonder who it was?