Third egg for Nest 2 – in the rain

After a lovely week of sun and warmth the weather started to change on Friday, turning cooler and cloudy. By daybreak on Saturday it was raining. When the streaming from the cameras began two bedraggled females were crouched low over their eggs.

But third eggs don’t wait for sunshine and at 09.58 Mrs 37 stood, fidgeted and changed position. She crouched with her back to the nestcam. By 10.04 she was rocking and pushing… at 10.06 there was a final push and she tilted forward…

Final push at 10.06 (c) Forestry Commission England

Final push at 10.06
(c) Forestry Commission England

…and then she stood to give us our first glimpse.

The first view for people  (c) Forestry Commission England

The first view for people
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was a clearer sight of all the eggs at 10.50 when she turned them.

Mrs 37 turns the eggs (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 turns the eggs
(c) Forestry Commission England

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Nest 3 has eggs – too much moss to tell how many!

Limited video coverage of Nest 3 has revealed that incubation is well under way. The first egg was probably laid late on 17 April or early on 18 April. Here is an image of the female eating at the side of the nest during late morning on 17 April.

The female enjoys a good meal (c) Forestry Commission England

The female enjoys a good meal
(c) Forestry Commission England

Yesterday the videos from 17-22 April were downloaded and on the way to the nest area the male was spotted flying in with a fish. That was 11.22. He didn’t take it for the female to have her share until 12.43!

The male brings the part eaten fish for the female. (c) Forestry Commission England

The male brings the part eaten fish for the female.
(c) Forestry Commission England

The camera angle isn’t as downward focussed as on Nest 2 and the amount of moss the pair has added means the cup is deep. Even when there is a break from incubating the eggs can’t be seen.

The female sits at the side on a hot sunny day (c) Forestry Commission England

The female sits at the side on a hot sunny day
(c) Forestry Commission England

Just before leaving the area yesterday alarm calls could be heard. Opening up the laptop again three ospreys were visible on the nest! The intruder had flown off by the time recording could start and the male could be seen chasing him or her out of the area.

The male watches the intruder flying at the left of the image (c) Forestry Commission England

The male watches the intruder flying at the left of the image
(c) Forestry Commission England

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Third egg for Nest 1 early today! Probably

Mrs YA was incubating when streaming started at Kielder Castle Café today. She dozed in the warm sun. At 09.13 she stood up to shuffle her eggs… surely a third egg could be seen! A number of replays confirmed that an egg had been laid. The time is unknown – it could have been yesterday evening although this morning fits slightly better with average intervals between second and third eggs. Here is a video of the first sight via the nestcam. Honestly!

YA landed with a stick at 09.16 and stayed to incubate for a few minutes when Mrs YA left. One egg is harder to spot as it is half hidden by moss so an arrow points it out.

YA heads for the three eggs (c) Forestry Commission England

YA heads for the three eggs
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA did the bulk of the incubation during the morning, dozing in the sun during an intruder free few hours. Finally, a ‘pose’ for the camera!

The pair pose! (c) Forestry Commission England

The pair pose!
(c) Forestry Commission England

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Second egg for Nest 2 this morning!

37 had been incubating on Nest 2 for a while this morning when Mrs 37 landed at 10.22 and took over from him. At first everything was as normal, then at around 10.35 she became more restless. She stood off the egg for a while and started chipping and rocking slightly before crouching over the nest cup. At 10.40 she lowered herself, tilted forward and rocked – was this the second egg? No! But she started panting more and crouching ever lower, then spread her tail twice, the final push was on! Here are the last 20 seconds or so.

And here is the new egg. It was laid at 10.43.

A clear view of the second egg (c) Forestry Commission England

A clear view of the second egg
(c) Forestry Commission England

37 probably saw the egg from a nearby perch but the first we saw of him noticing the addition was when he brought a fish for Mrs 37 at 13.53.

First landing on the nest for 37 after the latest egg was laid (c) Forestry Commission England

First landing on the nest for 37 after the latest egg was laid
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 was keen to take the fish so 37 got straight on with a double incubation role!

Don't they look lovely? (c) Forestry Commission England

Don’t they look lovely?
(c) Forestry Commission England

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A couple of bits and pieces

There shouldn’t be another egg on Nests 1 and 2 today (that’s tempting fate) so this post has a few bits of ‘catch up’ news.

First, on 13 April an unringed intruder had the temerity to land on Nest 1. Here is a video of the event.

Blue UY after having her ring attached (c) Keith Brockie

Blue UY after having her ring attached
(c) Keith Brockie

Then on 16 April a  left leg blue ringed bird flew past Nest 1; frame by frame viewing of the brief incident showed the letters as UY. Blue UY is a Perthshire 2011 born female. Keith Brockie kindly supplied details from ringing and a great photo of a feisty looking chick (click to enlarge). Not much time to compare then and now in the video below!

 

 

There have been intruder incidents on Nest 2 also, but not even an unringed leg has been seen on the nestcam.

Another blue ringed female of especial interest to Kielder is Blue 35. Regular readers will remember that she is the first Kielder born osprey that has bred (as far as we know). She and a Lake District male raised three young last year at Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria. This year Cumbria Wildlife Trust will be live streaming from a nestcam. Here are a few images of her from this year; many thanks to CWT for supplying them.

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More on Nest 1’s second egg and Nest 2’s first

It is hard to keep up with the action at Kielder, but first a link to the video of Mrs YA laying her second egg, with YA in close attendance!

After the second egg was laid Mrs YA shuffled the two eggs around the cup before settling back down on them. This image shows her about to settle again.

The second egg is at the rear (c) Forestry Commission England

The second egg is at the rear
(c) Forestry Commission England

Over on Nest 2 Mrs 37 was incubating when the live streaming began. This is the first view via the nestcam of 37 seeing his egg.

37 looks at his egg  (c) Forestry Commission England

37 looks at his egg
(c) Forestry Commission England

He went on to incubate for a long time after bringing a good size fish for Mrs 37.

This should keep Mrs 37 happy (c) Forestry Commission England

This should keep Mrs 37 happy
(c) Forestry Commission England

In the sun 37 could stand off the egg for a while.

37 raises himself off the egg (c) Forestry Commission  England

37 raises himself off the egg
(c) Forestry Commission England

There shouldn’t be an egg on either nest tomorrow, but maybe Wednesday for Nest 2 …

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Another egg for YA and Mrs YA!

Mrs YA and YA had shared incubation much of the morning with YA having a long stint when Mrs YA took a large fish (whole) off for a late breakfast.

After her return to the nest she did some stick fiddling and brought in moss. By 13.30 she was just sitting near the egg – it is a warm day at Kielder.

But about 15 minutes later she started to fidget and chip. She went over the cup, YA came ontl the nest and jumped around before going onto the edge.

YA hops around the nest as Mrs YA pushes (c) Forestry Commission England

YA hops around the nest as Mrs YA pushes
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA started to stand, YA looked on…

YA looks on as Mrs YA stands (c) Forestry Commission England

YA looks on as Mrs YA stands
(c) Forestry Commission England

… a first view for us…

Mrs YA looks to see all is well (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA looks to see all is well
(c) Forestry Commission England

Then YA sees what has happened! The egg was laid at 13.53.

YA looks on as Mrs YA rolls the egg (c) Forestry Commission England

YA looks on as Mrs YA rolls the egg
(c) Forestry Commission England

There will be a video later.

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