Saturday May 4th 2013

Things have quietened down on the nest site as the earlier osprey couple seem to have left the immediate area, leaving KL and her mate to consolidate their position. There is plenty of nest building going on with branches, fencing planks and rush from the marsh being brought in. The male bird seems very DIY minded and spends time shuffling all the material around- sometimes it looks like he is swimming in old grass and sticks. KL inspects it afterwards but sensibly only does a minimum of rearrangement. She has a hearty appetite for fish, which her male supplies her with and spends a lot of her time in or perched around the nest.
It would be nice to think that the previous pair had taken up another of our nest platforms but there is no evidence of this.Often displaced ospreys will build a frustration nest somewhere or perhaps they have given up altogether and are winging their way back to their natal sites.