Thank goodness!

A romantic moment on Nest 1! (c) Forestry Commission

A romantic moment on Nest 1!
(c) Forestry Commission

Despite high winds and some rain, YA has got his act together and is making up for lost mating time on Nest 1!

The pair have been on and off the nest throughout the day, and a number of mating attempts have been observed. Some distinctly more successful than others.  It is possible that YA and the Nest 1 female mated as soon as he returned last Sunday, but 37 on Nest 2 would appear to have the edge for first egg.

Looking to the future on Nest 1! (c) Forestry Commission

Looking to the future on Nest 1!
(c) Forestry Commission

The wild weather has disrupted the link to Nest 2, but both nests seem to be on full steam ahead now. At other nests in the UK, Glaslyn (where both 37 and YA were born) was the first to have a pair back on 24 March and their first egg appeared on 6 April. About seven days from successful mating would be very early for a possible egg, but it is more likely that the first egg at Kielder will be laid  sometime around next weekend.

 

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3 Responses to Thank goodness!

  1. viv blake says:

    I am intrigued at how you know some attempts were more successful than others. Perhaps you’d better not answer that! This is all very exciting.

  2. joannadailey says:

    Yes, Viv, it’s very exciting. As to how we know, when the male is sitting sideways on the female’s back it’s a doomed attempt! That’s one of the more obvious ‘mishits’!

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