Blue 24

Blue 24 is a female osprey who spent a number of summers on the Dyfi before finding a nest of her own at Llyn Brenig

 

 

Year of Birth 2010                                              
Place of Birth Rutland Water (site O)
Parents Father - Maroon AA (2006) (Re-ringed Blue AW after AA fell off). Mother - Scottish osprey from Argyll, no Darvic, just BTO ring
First seen at Dyfi 2013
Breeding Year

2016 Breeding attempt on the second Dyfi nest
2017 Second Dyfi nest removed under license 
2018 and 2019 breeding at Llyn Brenig

Likes Monty
Dislikes Glesni
Chicks Fledged 2 (1 2018, 1 2019)
Distinguishing Features Very white head and chest markings for ♀
Ring Number Blue 24

Blue 24 is another Rutland female that has been returning to Wales since 2013.

 Blue 24 shows off her Blue Darvic ring which has somehow got damaged sometime in 2013

She spent the summers of 2013 - 2016 in and aroung the Dyfi valley and was persistent with her attempts to take over the nest and become the breeding female. She was unsuccessful. 

 Blue 24 on another nest - still no males
 And another nest
 And another nest..

While she attracted the attention of a number of males including Monty, Blue 24 was not able to secure both an nest and the undivided attention of a male and so did not breed during her time on the Dyfi. 

Blue 24 has taken a liking to Monty - or is it his nest she's after?

 

Blue 24 was back early in 2016 (25th March) and valiantly defended the Dyfi nest from other female ospreys, including yet another Rutland bird, Blue 5F (2012)

 

Blue 24 fends off another female osprey, Blue 5F, and a red kite!

 

Unfortunately however, as all four breeding females successfully returned to Wales that year Blue 24 was to be unlucky again. 

 Blue 24 showing off her extremely white head plumage

 

Blue 24 is a beautiful bird with extremely white head plumage, making her fairly easy to identify from distance. 

 Watching Monty and Glesni from a favourite electricity pole perch, around 600m from the Dyfi nest.

 

2016 was a challenging season for Blue 24. For the first time on the Dyfi we witnessed a polygomous situation develop where both Glesni and Blue 24 laid eggs fertilised by Monty. You can read the full details here.

And on a feeding post next to the 360 Observatory - April 2016

 

In March 2017 the second nest platform was removed under licence from NRW. It was replaced at a more suitable distance from the main breeding nest. This action was taken in order to avoid another season with a polygamous breeding and the impact that could have on the main nest. Blue 24 did return to the Dyfi in 2017 but was absent for most of the summer. 

Blue 24 on the new feeding perch 2017

MWT Blue 24 2017

 

After not seeing her for almost two month, on the 1st of September 2017, who should appear in the Dyfi nest? You guessed it, an end of season visit from Blue 24. Where had she spent the summer? 

 

MWT Monty and Blue 24 September 2017

In 2018 Blue 24 successfully breed for the first time on a nest platform at Llyn Brenig in North Wales. She raised one chick. In 2019 she returned to the same nest and again raised a single chick. She does still pop in to the Dyfi nest from time to time!