5N stakes her claim

Ospreys usually remain faithful to their nest site from year to year, but there are exceptions. For instance, if they fail to breed successfully one year, they may look for an alternative site the next spring. And that could be what 5N is doing at the moment.

After her stand-off with 00(09) yesterday evening, 5N appears to have pulled rank over the younger female, and has remained at the Manton Bay nest all day. Shortly after lunch time 5R delivered a fish to her on the nest, which she eagerly accepted. Having got what she wanted she then showed serious aggression towards 5R. Could she be laying a claim to the Manton Bay nest after failing at Site N last year (following the disappearance of her mate, 08(97))? It is certainly going to be interesting to see what happens over the coming days.

At 3pm 5N headed off and, sensing her opportunity, 00 returned! At the time of writing she is waiting patiently on the nest for 5R to bring her a fish. Another great day in the bay.