Today is the driest of late in Kielder Forest – which isn’t to say there aren’t showers! – and it has brought a couple of visitors to Nest 1A.
First to land on an empty nest was Freya, the 2 year old bonding with Samson at Border Ospreys.
Regular readers will remember she has been to Kielder a couple of times this season. She was food soliciting at Border Ospreys on Monday, and was there last night. But she seems to enjoy her day trips!
Freya had to contend with an occupied nest when she first landed on Nest 1A a few weeks ago. Today, she had a look around the area and at the nest. Press HD for best quality on all clips.
Freya stood preening on the nest for about 40 minutes before leaving, then landing again a couple of times. But she wasn’t being disturbed by a resident.
Blue PX5 is a 2 year old male ringed on a nest at Forestry Commission Scotland land in the Solway area. He visited Nest 1A briefly in mid July.
Freya stayed on the nest until 12.01, when she must have seen Broomlee approaching. She flew around the area for a couple of minutes as he defended the nest, then attempted to land.
Soon afterwards, YA arrived with a large rainbow trout, one reason for Freya being able to stay on the nest for over an hour. Mrs YA wasn’t seen yesterday, nor so far today, so she has probably left the area. A couple of years ago she came back after a few days, but we may not see her again this year.
The lens is clearing all the time on Nest 4, and Mrs 69 was still here yesterday. She hasn’t been on camera yet today.
EB is still on Nest 2 today.
Nest 3 will be checked tomorrow, weather permitting.