The weather on Saturday at Kielder was a treat for most of the day – sunny and quite warm. The water was very calm, good for ospreys to fish although none were brought in to Nest 2 all day. On Nest 1 the ospreys were slightly more present on the nest than has been the norm. YA is still not doing much stick work so the female was reduced to throwing a few bits of moss and twigs around the nest. The only time they were seen together was late afternoon when YA flew in with a fish, closely followed by the female. However instead of letting her have some he mantled over it and then flew off with it. He definitely needs tips on courtship from his big brother.
On Nest 2, apart from the usual round of mating and nest work, 37 and the female took advantage of the sun for a siesta in the afternoon. Field monitoring had observed 37 kicking moss out of the nest shortly beforehand but there still seems an abundance. The side of the nest near the nestcam is getting so high that it may prove difficult to see how many eggs are laid.
A little later the nestcam showed the birds looking skyward and mantling. 37 flew off whilst the female watched the skies. The field monitoring confirmed 37 was in defence of his nest as three buzzards who had been circling a little way off had slowly floated over towards the nest area. Some great aerial acrobatics showed off all the birds’ skills before 37 returned to the nest. Wonderful to witness!
Although warmer, the forecast for the next few days isn’t great with strong winds and some rain. At least there are no eggs to protect yet, but Nest 2 could have at least one by next weekend.