Another exciting day! After no activity was seen on Nest 2 yesterday afternoon, 24 hours later there is an orgy of nest building – and other activity essential to egg creation. 37 has always been a good nest builder, but he’s working frantically bringing in sticks and seeking a reward. Some mating attempts seem successful, others not. Further photo comparison is necessary but his female appears to be a new one on this nest as she has a BTO ring on her left leg.
Meanwhile on Nest 1 things are moving more slowly. White YA has been on the nest with the female, although no mating has been observed. YA isn’t as good a nest builder either, though he did a bit of ‘nestoration’ and even an attempt at egg cup creation.
To have our two pairs apparently settling well is fantastic given the perils of migration. We are privileged to be able to watch the progress of the couples. The Forestry Commission work on the creation of suitable sites for ospreys and the installation of cameras with feeds to public viewing points deserves a medal. At the moment, Kielder Castle Cafe is the only place to be for live nestcam coverage.