It was pretty quiet on both Kielder nests on Tuesday. On Nest 1, YA had an unwelcome visit from a crow. It sat on a nearby tree for a while before daring to go to the nest where an annoyed osprey saw it off!
On Nest 2 our male 37 was diligently building his nest up. He left the nest at 16.40 – a couple of minutes later a female landed. Hang on – it was a different female! No rings, possibly but not certainly last year’s mate. She moved a few bits of bark and moss, squawked, then down came 37 and tried to mate. He flew off but was back very quickly. He mantled – a defensive posture used to defend the nest or show submission to another osprey. Then they mated successfully. On Wednesday the unringed female was back by 10.40. Mating continues, still with occasional mantling beforehand by 37.
So a bit of a soap opera may develop if the female 37 mated with on Monday is still about. Or she may give way to what looks an older bird even if not last year’s adult.