On Friday, Mrs 37 was sitting looking as though she might be on an egg when in flew 37. They mated and it was clear there was nothing beneath her. But the ‘event’ must have stirred things up because about 5 minutes later she shuffled a bit, stood up, and there was the first Kielder egg this year! HURRAH!
A few minutes later 37 returned to the nest and the pair examined the egg before Mrs 37 flew off leaving 37 to incubate for a while.
Visitors to the Kielder Castle Cafe were enjoying the unfolding action when it started to snow! Poor Mrs 37 looked less than thrilled with the change from sun. However after half an hour the nest was clear of the white stuff again. Mrs 37 left the egg uncovered very briefly at about 12.20, but was soon tight on it again. The temperature was only about 6 degrees at midday, not ideal weather.
On Nest 1, the dark headed female and YA do show every sign of being a couple. They spent much of the morning together, with the female in particular staying on the nest even during the snow shower. She has made claim to it and it is likely that last year’s female will now look elsewhere for a mate.