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.
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.
The Nest 3 juveniles haven’t been recorded squabbling over fish either.
The adults still behave differently to Ayle when she is flying onto the nest.
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.